The Burden Heaviest on my Heart

I’m not sure how to approach the topic that has been on my heart as a heavy burden for quite some time. There are a lot of bad things happening in the world. The Holy Spirit told me a year or so ago that the evil in the world is greater than any of us can imagine. For some in the world their imaginings for evil are quite elaborate I’m sure. Therefore, I believe in my soul that the evil the Holy Spirit was talking about is not the evil of humans alone but a supernatural evil that mere humans cannot even imagine. It is hidden from humanity although this evil has it’s hooks in many people and some are unaware.

The evil that is most disturbing to me is the evil that is being perpetrated against children. There are some evils that we as adults can combat on a daily basis through diligence, the misinformation that our school children are being taught, the insidious messages from television, movies, games, and social media are among those.  But the evils that weigh most heavily on my heart are those of child abuse, the child slavery and sex trafficking trade, and abortion. These are a heinous evils against innocents and it hurts my heart deeply to even consider what the victims of this kind of evil must endure. Aborted babies only suffer for a short time though it is truly a heinous act of murder that makes me cringe.  Those babies feel the pain before they even have an understanding of what life is. For abused and enslaved children the torture may last for days, weeks, months or even years. Some endure such horrendous treatment that it leads to an early death. We occasionally will hear about some child who has died from abuse. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that we don’t hear about most of the deaths directly related to child trafficking.

The first incident I remember hearing of was a case in the city where I lived at the time of a baby who had been physically and sexually abused from birth and died as a result.  I’m sure that if I mentioned the name many would remember the case as the worst that had ever been seen. It spurred the state to pass stricter laws concerning the punishment for child abuse resulting in the death of a child under 13 years old. Thank God for taking her to himself, but, what a horrible way for a baby to live and die. The parents and perpetrators did go to prison, but, that does nothing for the child who died. A child robbed of a safe, healthy, happy childhood and robbed of a full life filled with love and ultimately progeny of her own. A tragedy that cannot be undone and I’m sure that her blood cries out to God.  I am aware that this case was one of familial abuse and not one of trafficking, however, the evil that caused the family of this baby to do such heinous things to her is from the same demonic source.

Recently in the news was the story of a family in California where their 13 children, even up to adult age, were imprisoned and abused is another. Nothing was mentioned about any sexual abuse but being tied up and starved to the point where an adult age child was mistaken for a minor because of stunted growth from starvation is horrible and evil. All these cases cause me much heart ache. The evil that is in this world is more than we can imagine and it possesses these people who do such horrific things to their own children. Those of us who love and nurture children cannot conceive of how people can do such things to their children.  This is possession by an evil of supernatural origin that is beyond our imagining.

Looking at information about missing and abducted children in the US is enough to make me cringe. The numbers reported aren’t all that much for  the size of our population, however, even one missing endangered child is too many in my opinion. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2016 the center helped law enforcement with over 20,000 missing children cases.  By and large the biggest percent of those were endangered runaways at 90% of all cases. For 2017 it is estimated that one in seven of the close to 25,000 runaways were probably victims of sex trafficking. This is disturbing, very disturbing, to me.  That calculates to over 3500 children reported missing in 2017 who were probably the victims of the child sex trafficking trade. My heart just cringes at the thought. It physically hurts me in my heart to know these things.  We are supposed to care for and nurture children, not use them for sex.  I can’t even conceive that this is anything but an act of violence against a child. It pains me in my spirit to know that these horrible crimes occur.  That very pain is what keeps me from being silent about the problem.  People need to be informed about this wicked part of our society.

Another disturbing estimate is that of those children who were most likely victims of child sex trafficking, 88% of them were under social services care at the time they were reported missing.  What does this say about social services? Nationwide there are numerous complaints about the various social services supposedly designed to protect children. The failures of protecting some and separating others that should not have been are notorious.

These are only figures for the United States. There is a world-wide problem with trafficking and I’m sure abuse. There are serious deficiencies in statistics worldwide for abuse and for missing and exploited children.  There is no way of knowing the extent of the problem worldwide. Some of the more advanced countries have better reporting than less developed countries. Some cultures abuse is part of the culture and it is never reported.  There are a number nations that have human rights violations. Children suffer in these countries and though there isn’t any statistics I’d be willing to bet that there are a lot who are trapped in human trafficking.

There are a number of groups that are working to combat this horrible crime in the US. Among them is one I’ve recently heard about in alternative media outlets, Veterans for Child Rescue.  Craig Sawyer, a former Navy Seal, is the force behind this organization. I’ve listened to him on several interviews and applaud what his organization is doing. They are proactive, working with law enforcement to catch pedophiles. One of their objectives is also to bring to light the operations of pedophile rings. Several organization work with law enforcement to identify and rescue victims and capture the perpetrators of these crimes against children. There are also organizations that work to free enslaved adults as well.  People need to wake up to the fact that this is happening all around the country and worldwide it is a terrible problem.

The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) has a few statistics on their website and a large database of missing persons from around the globe that goes back a number of years. One of the issues they talk about on their web site is that of child pornography. It is illegal here in the United States and in several other countries. Information from ICMEC as of 2016 showed that 82 countries have legislation in place to combat child pornography, yet there were still 35 countries that had no legislation against child pornography. Among those countries that do have legislation, definitions and what is covered varies dramatically.  This evil may easily be part of a whole system of sexual abuse of children including rape. There do not seem to be any statistics that I could find which would corroborate my opinion in that matter, but when it comes to pornography, it isn’t a far leap from images published to acts committed.

There are a number of groups that are working to combat this horrible crime in the US. Among them is one I’ve recently heard about in alternative media outlets, Veterans for Child Rescue.  Craig Sawyer, a former Navy Seal, is the force behind this organization. I’ve listened to him on several interviews and applaud what his organization is doing. They are proactive, working with law enforcement to catch pedophiles. One of their objectives is also to bring to light the operations of pedophile rings. Several organization work with law enforcement to identify and rescue victims and capture the perpetrators of these crimes against children. There are also organizations that work to free enslaved adults as well.  People need to wake up to the fact that this is happening all around the country and worldwide it is a terrible problem.

There is a small ministry that I donate to which has the objective of preventing children and youth in the Philippines from becoming victims of human trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking. This ministry uses education and evangelizing to combat the problem. So many youth in the poorest parts of the Philippines cannot afford to attend school and will go to the cities trying to find employment to help support their families. Many of these are trapped into sex trafficking with the lure of money.  Educate Bohol provides the supplies children and youth need to attend school. The year of their inception, 2012 the organization helped 27 children. Since then it has grown and in 2016 they helped 1415 students. The 2017 annual report hasn’t been posted yet, but, I’m sure that with the previous rate of growth they served quite a few more in this past year.

We need more of both kinds of organizations working first to prevent children from becoming victims and second to rescue those who are victims and bring to justice the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes against children.  Supporting groups such as these so their work can be expanded to help more children is of utmost importance. Without the help of those who ‘stay at the camp’ so to speak, they would not be able to do the work they do. These kinds of operations need to be in every country that they can in order to prevent child slavery and rescue children who are victims. Children are the future and we are responsible for protecting them, all of them, from every corner of the globe.

So I ask you to financially support as you are able those organizations who are in the battle against this evil perpetrated against children. But, even more importantly, pray for the success of these kinds of organizations. For the safety and protection of all children, for the rescue and healing of victims of human trafficking, pray, pray, pray.

Be Diligent in Prayer,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.missingkids.com/KeyFacts

http://globalmissingkids.org/awareness/missing-children-statistics/

https://www.wearethorn.org/child-sexual-exploitation-and-technology/

http://projectvic.org/

https://vets4childrescue.org/

http://www.educatebohol.org/about-us/

About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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