Thursday, June 28, 2012

Surfing the Web - Be Sure to Check This Blog Out - Divorce Ministry 4 Kids

Divorce Ministry 4 KidsThere are many things in this world which tear apart the family and cause damage to children . . . one of these things is most certainly divorce. Those of us in children's ministry see how divorce impacts children, but we may not really know how to help them. This is where Divorce Ministry 4 Kids comes in. Wayne Stocks is the man with the vision for this ministry. He wants us to step up and focus on strengthening families and helping those impacted by divorce so we can raise up a generation of godly children. The goals of Divorce Ministry 4 Kids are . . . 

"To honor God by standing up for the child of divorce (including children whose parents were never married and are no longer together) by
  1. Teaching people about the effects of divorce on children;
  2. Equipping those who work with children to serve these kids more effectively;
  3. Calling the church to serve, support & minister to these children & their families; 
  4. Serving children of divorce and their families as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ."
My parents are not divorced - they recently celebrated their 53nd wedding anniversary. My husband and I will be celebrating our 31th wedding anniversary in two months, so divorce is not something I have first-hand experience with. However, I have been able to see it's impact on some of my nieces and nephews. Divorce is devastating to children. The damage can be severe. Ministries, such as Wayne's, are very needed. Wayne says, "We stand for the child of divorce.  We stand for the child who, all too often, is blind sided by the news one or both of his/her parents has decided to completely undercut everything they have ever known and change their life forever.  We stand for these children who are on the front lines of these divorces and their unwitting victims. We believe the Bible clearly teaches children hold a special place in God’s heart, and the hurting children of divorce are part of the “least of these” which Jesus calls us to care for. The Bible tells us: 'The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.' These words, and many like them in the Bible, remind us God is the ultimate source of healing for the children of divorce, and our churches owe it to these kids to be equipped to minister to them effectively. This is the primary purpose of Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. Our goal is to equip churches and children’s workers in those churches to more effectively and compassionately minister to children of divorce."

Please take a moment to check Wayne's blog and commit to being someone who makes a real difference in the lives of children of divorce!

1 comment:

  1. I can’t even tell you how timely this blog post is. I’ve been struggling to come up with ways to help out my students who are dealing with their parents’ divorce, and I cannot wait to be able to sit down and really go through and look at Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. Their goals align exactly with what I’m looking for! Thank you so much for sharing.