They’re the young, the innocent and the vulnerable.
From the moment they’re born children in developing countries often know little else apart from poverty, illness and disease, abandonment or exploitation.
They have no one to protect them, no one to care for them and few who will speak up for them.
But every single one of them is known by Jesus by name.
Like these two boys, pictured above, from Nicaragua. They’re just two of the 1.7 million children in that country who live as child labourers or beggars.
The Bible Society of Nicaragua is working to bring children such as these children’s Scriptures so that they can come to know Jesus as their friend and Saviour.
More than 60,000 children live on the streets of Addis Ababa, the captial city of Ethiopia.
One boy, Tesfaye, almost died after being electrocuted while sleeping in a sub-station trying to stay warm. After many months of recovery in hospital he was taken to an orphanage.
There, for the first time he heard the story of Jesus. His life has been turned around. “I know that God has a plan for me. I’m trusting in Him,” says Tesfaye.
There is hope for children, such as Tesfaye, in developing countries, but it’s a hope that can only come about when people such as you, who long to see God’s love in action in the world, respond prayerfully and with compassion to their plight.
Your gift, made today, will help bring Bibles to children in developing countries and may be the greatest gift they ever receive.
It may ignite a spark in a child which will stay with them for the rest of their lives and into eternity.
Thank you and God bless you!
Read more about Bible work for Children in The Word at Work – New Year 2012.