April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at New Song we want to acknowledge and “cheer on” all of those who minister to, care for, or otherwise support children in need. Organizations across our state and country—church ministries, foster parents, mentoring groups, children’s agencies, and after-school programs—are some of the “front-line” heroes who seek to love and nurture fatherless, impoverished children.
The most recent report on child maltreatment data from the Children’s Bureau showed an increase in reports, referrals, and deaths from child abuse and neglect. The Child Maltreatment 2015 report states that about 5 children a day die in the United States due to child abuse and neglect. The data indicates that there are children who are hurting nationwide, and Indiana is no exception.
New Song Mission is a ministry God has established to care for some of Indiana’s most vulnerable children and youth. With the help and support of hundreds of families, churches, businesses, and foundations, our 100-acre children’s home campus is now open and ready to serve. Soon we’ll be caring for children, providing them with a safe place where they will be shown the love of Jesus and will be provided with a safe, nurturing place to grow up.
As Paul prayed for the Ephesians, so we pray for the fatherless, neglected children we will care for. We pray that they will grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ, and to know the love of the Lord that surpasses knowledge—that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:18-19)
Recently, New Song houseparents Logan and Olivia Stoner attended the second annual “Every Child” symposium in Indianapolis on behalf of New Song. Several speakers encouraged those in attendance to join in the God-sized goal to love children and put an end to child abuse in our state.
During the symposium, Josh Shipp, a former foster child, shared a life-altering moment for him. Josh stated that despite his many efforts to get kicked out of his foster home, his father told him “Son, we don’t see you as a problem, we see you as an opportunity.” Josh went on to explain how one caring adult—his foster dad—made a difference and kept him from being another statistic.
We hope that this April, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, you will lift up a prayer for the abused and neglected, serve in an organization that helps children and youth, or otherwise support a ministry that cares for orphans and the fatherless. May God richly bless you and you compassionately help children in need.