Do you know according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children more than 2000 children are reported missing each day. Did you just see this number? Two thousand. This number shocks me and grieves my heart. I recently wrote an article for Kidmin1124 where I said, "I’ve served in children’s ministry for 41 years and all this time the kids in the churches where I’ve served have been a mixture of “typical” kids . . . if there is such a thing. Children from homes where their entire family went to church, children from homes where part of their family went to church (most often from homes where their parents were divorced) and children from homes where nobody went to church (community, non-churched kids). But, in spite of all these years of experience with a fairly wide variety of children and families, I have not worked with children who were runaways. I had no idea how many children in this country are runaways. This is until I added a tab to my blog for grandmas where I highlighted missing children so the grandmas (and grandpas, moms and dads) who read my blog could pray for the children and their families. I signed up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children‘s website so they email me alerts to let me know when and where children are missing. I have to say I am shocked. There are days when my inbox is filled with these alerts. (I’m stunned how many of these children are from the state of Florida)"
I go on to challenge us to not be so, "caught up in our ministries with primarily “church kids”, we lose sight of the children around us who are in such grave need of knowing, most importantly, Jesus loves them and knowing there are people who love and care about them, too. " Please read the entire post at this link.