May the Lord Give Us Tears
By Richard Acquaye
Regional Director, West and Central Africa
How heavy is your burden for the lost child? Where are the tears that reveal the burden?
Ephesians 2:1-3 gives a terrifying description of the condition of unsaved souls. This description is not exclusively for an adult, but includes that of lost children too. The passage lists four conditions of the lost.
1. According to the world system–the evils that run like streams through the whole world.
2. According to the will of Satan.
3. In the lust of the flesh.
4. By nature as children of wrath.
That the lost child lives according to the will of Satan is something that should create a very serious burden in our hearts and draw tears to our eyes. Why? Because it is clear that people without Christ are under the control of the Devil. According to this passage, in times past we walked according to the Prince of the power of the air; The spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.
Is this any wonder that unbelievers behave the way they do? Also, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 reveals further the condition of lost souls. It states thus, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
This condition is yet one that should deepen our concern and bring tears to our hearts. Are you thinking about eternity? Then the thought of these precious little ones being lost and thrown into hell must agitate our hearts. Hell? Yes. That is the destiny of the lost in eternity. It must be very clear to us that the salvation of the children is a serious spiritual battle. Only the person with the correct understanding and carrying the right burden will throw their all to fight upon their knees with bleeding hearts.
We have an encouragement in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 which says, “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh, For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of the strong holds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
The enemy would like to keep these souls including the children in his bondage for eternity in Hell.
Elizabeth Naka (not her real name) came to me one day in West Africa and said, “Please help me for I don’t know what to do. None of the children in my Good News Club® have received the Lord even though I have been teaching and giving the invitation. Why do they not respond to the invitation?” My response to her concern was simply this, “Have you ever prayed for these children with tears and a real burden? A burden that is informed by your commitment to the fact that you do not want any of them to go to Hell?”
She said “No!” I told her to go and begin to do that and see what God would do. Three weeks later she saw me and she started shouting “It works… it works…!!!” I asked her what works? She said after the counsel she received from me, she went home and started to spend time seriously praying for each child by name. Lifting each to Heaven by name several times unknowingly developed such a heavy burden in her heart, that she said she wept all through her times of prayer. During the weeks that followed, the children started coming to her house at different times. Why? Each child came with the question about how could he be saved. And she had the opportunity to lead the over thirty children to the Lord at during these times. Yes, praying with a deep burden works! How heavy is your burden and where are your tears?
Never was there a time when there was a greater need for men and women of passion, men and women of principle, men and women of the Holy Spirit, men and women with true burden in their hearts in the service of our Lord for the children than it is now!
In 2002 and 2003 Reese Kauffman lead a team to visit the work in West Africa. While in Ghana, we planned for them an excursion to the Elmina Castle, a historic site where the slaves were kept before being shipped to the West. As we arrived, we discovered that around the castle were several children selling all kinds of souvenirs. Each child, boys and girls alike had their addresses written out on pieces of papers, some on sea shells. Why did they write their names? They were each seeking for pen pals amongst the tourists! Meanwhile the castle guards had a very busy time trying to keep them away from the visitors. Children ranging from ages from 7 to 18, were milling around selling and seeking pen pals. On our way back to Accra in the car I heard someone on the back seat crying. Looking into the rear view mirror I noticed it was Reese crying! His eyes were red and soaked with tears. Why was Reese weeping? God had caused his eyes to open such that he was concerned about the eternal destiny of the children we had left behind at the castle. Reese saw the condition of these spiritually starving children–children in bondage of the devil and needing salvation.
That burden the Lord gave to Reese resulted in Child Evangelism Fellowship® sending thousands of correspondence lessons to this area of Ghana. Ever since children and schools in the Cape Coast region where this castle is located have been reached and tens of thousands of children have come to faith in Christ. A year later Reese was there to see the result of that genuine burden and the tears of the previous year. How heavy is your burden for the lost children—and where your tears?
Oh how I pray that current terrible condition of the child in our world today might create a fresh new burden, renew or rekindle the vision God gave us for their salvation. O Lord, give us tears in our hearts. O Lord, increase our burden for these children in captivity.