For the Sake of the Children

Dear Friends,

Although you don't hear much about the Asian tsunami in the news anymore, the reality is that there are still millions of children that are living with its aftermath each day. To many of them, it means never seeing their parents again. To others, there is the ongoing vulnerability of being kidnapped and sold as sex slaves.

Below is a report sent out by K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia.  Please take the time and allow the Lord to speak to you.   There are other links to ministries also reaching to help in this region at the conclusion of this email.

Thank you,

Francis Frangipane

Gospel for Asia Video Update - Tsunami Orphans, One Month Later
January 26, 2005  -  Vol. V  Issue 3  -  160,000 Subscribed
Dear Friends in Christ,

It has been one month since the tsunami, and for many in the West, it is now a distant memory.  The news media has moved on to other topics.  But I have just returned from Sri Lanka and India, and for the children there who lost their parents to the killer waves, this event will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

During my time with these children, I came to understand the depth of their loss -- and what it means for their future.  Who will nurture them during their critical years as they grow from a child into a young adult?  Who will guide their development as they seek meaning and purpose as they go through adolescence and into their critical teen years?  Where will they find life-sustaining hope after their dreams were lost in the waves?

Gospel for Asia is committed to be there for these children as long as God gives us this privilege.  Already, we are responsible for some 10,000 boys and girls who have no one else to turn to.  And we are taking this privilege seriously -- providing water, food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and the nurturing and counseling these traumatized children require.  But even more important, we are letting them know that their heavenly Father will never abandon them, and that through His people, His love will surround them all the days of their lives.

Thank you for remembering these children in your prayers. They need your support now as never before.

May God bless you as you live for Him,

K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
Gospel for Asia

Here are a few organizations where you can give to help with the relief efforts.

Salvation Army

International Justice Mission

Voice in the City Ministries

World Vision

Catholic Relief Services

Anguish in the Heart of God

By Francis Frangipane

While the tragedy of the Asian tsunami has drawn our hearts to its widespread death and apocalyptic devastation, there has been another tragedy repeatedly striking this same region for decades.  Yet this ongoing disaster has been almost completely ignored.  What is the horror of which I write?  This part of the world is infamous because of the trafficking of slavery, especially women and children. 

The Polaris Project explains: 'trafficking in persons, also known as human trafficking, is the modern practice of slavery. It is the third largest criminal industry in the world today, after arms and drug dealing, and is the fastest growing."

Quoting information from the Salvation Army: "Almost 200,000 Nepali girls, many under 14, are sexual slaves in India. Experts estimate that 10,000 children aged between six and 14 are virtually enslaved in brothels in Sri Lanka. Around 15,000 children were sold into sexual slavery in Cambodia between 1991-97. Asian women are sold to North American brothels for $16,000 each. The Thai Government reports that 60,000 Thai children are sold into prostitution -- independent non-governmental organization (NGO) experts estimate the figure to be closer to 800,000."  See Sexual Trafficking: Fighting the New Slave Trade 

In his swearing-in speech in March, 2003, John R. Miller, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, said: 'the dimensions of the modern day slavery challenge that we face are vast. There are not thousands or hundreds of thousands but over a million people who are trafficked and enslaved every single year. That's right -- over a million every single year."
I could go on. Picture your child kidnaped and sold into a sex ring.  This is the evil of this horror.  Multiply your outrage by a million women and children a year and we can get a glimpse of the anguish in the heart of God. 

There is some effort to counter this wickedness on an international scale. The United States, in its implementation of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, has become increasingly more vigorous in its strategies to protect and assist victims, prosecute traffickers, educate travelers, and prevent trafficking (See Article). Still, a great many of those kidnapped and sold into slavery come from the nations hit by the tsunami. 

I believe the Holy Spirit is using the tsunami, not only to stir compassion in the world, but also to spotlight the sickness and horror of the slave trade.   Now is the time we must mobilize spiritually.  What can we do?  First, let us pray with fervor and give with generosity to help the regions stricken by the tsunami.  Yet, as the Holy Spirit exposes this deep wickedness upon a worldwide stage, let us prevail in prayer for a worldwide response to crush the slave trade.  
  • Pray for all those Christian aid workers who have been welcomed into these non-Christian nations.  Pray that God will use them to truly represent His heart.  Pray for their protection and strength.  This is an unprecedented opportunity, especially in reaching the lost. 
  • Pray that nations will stop tolerating the sexual exploitation of women and children, that they will enact and enforce strict punishment of slave traders and pimps.
  • Pray for the local pastors and Christians who are already living in this region of the world. They are the ones who must deal personally with this great tragedy while also rendering themselves servants of God to help others. They need our prayers to stand in this hour of testing and find ways to transform their culture.
  • Pray that the markets for slaves will also come under international pressure and that those who carry out these wicked crimes will be incarcerated.
Finally, support with your prayers and funds those organizations that are currently involved in rescuing and rehabilitating the victims of slavery.  One place to start is with the Salvation Army, which not only has people on the ground in these areas, but also knows which ministries have been effective in rescuing people from slavery.  Another organization you can give through as well is the International Justice Mission headed by Gary Hagan

Just as the tragedy of 9/11 focused the world on the horrors of Islamic extremism, so this tragedy is turning our eyes, resources and resolve toward ending modern slavery.  Where is God in the tsunami tragedy?  He is in our hearts to remedy this horrible injustice.

Here is an updated list of a few organizations where you can give your gift.

Salvation Army
International Justice Mission
Voice in the City Ministries
World Vision
Catholic Relief Services