Stories from CEF
Helping Children in Crisis
Eight-year-old Lizzy* listened intently as the Good News Club® teacher taught a Bible lesson from the CEF® series on Joseph. Lizzy could identify with the hard things Joseph experienced. When the teacher asked, “What are some hard things kids your age go through?” one boy answered, “When people don’t believe you.”
Another shouted out, “Divorce.” Then Lizzy looked the teacher in the eyes and said, “When your parents are having a custody battle over you.”
Thousands of children like Lizzy attend Good News Club while experiencing a broken heart. All children will at some point in their lives experience a crisis. It might be living in a community that has experienced a natural disaster, having a parent or sibling with a debilitating illness, or losing a family member to an accident.
Statistics show that a high number of the children we minister to are even at risk of suffering neglect or abuse, which can include sexual abuse.
How can we effectively help these children in crises? First, we need to share the Gospel and invite them to believe in the Lord Jesus as Savior. He is the One who can give them strength to endure hard times for He promises to “never leave them nor forsake them” (Hebrews 13:5b).
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