Thursday, July 06, 2006

What is a "Forgotten Child?"

I've been getting a lot of questions recently about who these "Forgotten Children" are that we are talking about. Mission of Mercy has a unique vision for a specific group of children who have largely been "forgotten" by other child sponsorship organizations:

-Children impacted by armed conflict
-Children impacted by HIV/AIDS
-Street children
-Victims of child trafficking
-Children under five struggling for survival

These are children who barely survive in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances. Every day, forgotten children are exposed to multiple threats to their physical and mental well-being. Forgotten children grow up without access to proper adult care and attention. Their lives are led outside of the protection normally extended to the young and vulnerable.

We have seen these children on our trips to Cambodia and my trips to Jordan, Gaza, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Swaziland. Their faces are all the same. Their smiles contagious. Their plight is evident.

What "Medical Mercy" is doing, is bringing health care to them through our trips and medical clinics, ensuring that their health is maintained, giving them the opportunity to grow up in a loving God- filled environement through the work of the missionairies we partner with.

In all things, give thanks.