November 2009

November 2009

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The NMSAAA Conference is over, but the work is just beginning. We had 40+ people in attendance at one or all three of the events, including 5 pastors! We saw lives changes, eyes opened, and wounds healed. We had education, fellowship, worship, and prayer. Thank you to all who attended and all who helped to make this possible. If you are interested in learning more, please write to me, and go to www.NMSAAA.org We will be posting future events, information & resources, and different ways for you to get involved.

      

 Turn in your Bible to…

Scriptures specific to God’s heart for Children

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14

bible“Then Jesus took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes.” Matthew 18:1-6

      

Northern Michigan Summit Against Abuse & Assault 
by Pastor Chip Sauer, Charlevoix Community Reformed
Church

   I participated in the recent Summit Against Abuse and Assault in Charlevoix and I was overwhelmed. It is time for all of us to take a stand against the ravages of abuse, especially the abuse of children.

How prevalent is child abuse?

– 1 million children per year confirmed (does not include all the unreported incidents)
– 2,000 children die every year because of child abuse
– 1/5 girls and 1/7 boys by age 18 will be abused
– 1.1 million runaway/throwaway children in the U.S. – often runaway because of abuse
– 241,000 children are prostituted in the United States each year
– The rate of child abuse is 10x greater than the rate of cancer
– U.S. government spends 10x more on cancer prevention than child abuse prevention
– 94 billion dollars are spend every year on aftercare for child abuse

What about the sexual exploitation of children?"...We cannot claim to love our children...without acknowledging the reality of this evil"

– 20% of children ages 10-17 have been solicited sexually online
– 100,000 – 300,000 children are exploited sexually every year
– average child prostitute sees 4-10 customers a day
that’s 1,460 – 3,650 sexual victimizations per year, per child
– avg age of sexually exploited child is 14
– 18.5 million pornographic images/videos of children produced each year
– If a child runs away or is thrown out of their home, and they spend more than 30 days on the street, it is almost a guarantee they will end up in the sex trade industry and become a sexually exploited child.
– 70% of victimizations come at the hands of someone the child knows and trusts

Child abuse is a sin.
Child sexual abuse is a sin.

It is the work of the Enemy who is seeking to destroy children.

“… it would be better for you to have a millstone tied around your neck …”

All forms of child abuse do exactly what Jesus warns us about. They keep children from God.

“How could God let this happen?”
“Where was God when my own dad was sexually abusing me week after week, year after year?”
“Why did the church provide more support to the offender than to the victim?”
“Why did the church condemn the victim and show mercy to the offender?”

“Why did the church start avoiding me and my family when I reported the abuse?”
“How could the church let this happen in their own building?”
“Why do I feel like I did something wrong by telling the truth?”
“Why doesn’t the church believe me?”

One of the devastating consequences of being a victim of abuse is the temptation to reject God and the church.

It may not be an easy topic to talk about, but it must be addressed. It may not be easyWe cannot claim to love our children and the children in this community without acknowledging the reality of this evil that as one person described “is the playground of Satan.” There is nothing that he wants more than to destroy the weak and innocent ones among us. A prime target is children. Our silence only furthers his cause.

A few suggestions:
– Parents must talk with their kids about this reality. Help them understand that no one should touch their private parts and if anyone does, they need to tell someone until they are heard.
– Parents need to help children understand the difference between sinning and being a victim of someone else’s sin.
– Many offenders tell children it is their fault and that they are just as guilty as the perpetrator for participating in this activity.
– Parents need to help children understand that secrets can be very bad especially when they are asked to keep secrets from one or both of their parents.
– Parents need to help their children understand and avoid the dangers of the internet.

Would you allow a stranger to come into your child’s room and close the door and spend time alone with your child? Of course not, but many parents allow this behavior to take place on the internet.

In a loving and helpful way, ask your church, school system, law enforcement, etc. what they are doing to prevent child abuse. Become an advocate for kids and help these organizations do everything they can to protect the children in our community.

Check out the following websites for helpful information:
Grace – www.netgrace.org
Mending the Soul – www.mendingthesoul.org
Halos – www.charlestonhalos.org
Faith Trust Institute – www.faithtrustinstitute.org
“Darkness2Light” training curriculum – www.darkness2light.org
Watch the DVD “Hear Their Cries”
National Child Protection Training Center – www.ncptc.org
Great web site for those in law enforcement/judicial system

Pray for children in our community – for those abused and in the midst of abuse.

Visit our website www.NMSAAA.org

      

 Join us in Prayer…

  • prayThe victims and survivors of Abuse in your church and community
  • Pastors, Counselors, Educators looking to God for restoration and healing
  • Praise God for the wonderful testimonies of freedom from the bondage of despair caused by abuse
  • Opportunities to get your church involved

 Financial Concerns

  • A car to use while we are Stateside – ANSWERED!!!
  • Raise $375 more to cover NMSAAA Conference bills
  • Funds for the Christian crisis counseling center in Ukraine

      
We look forward to hearing from you. Please share with us your questions, comments, and suggestions. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
 
God’s Blessings,

Jason & Valeriia Wiser, Directors

Michigan Bridge Ministries & CSPCU

Church of God World Missions #065-0833

  • I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU NO THAT YOU DID A WONDERFUL THROUGH THE ANIONTING AT FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER THANK YOU FOR BEING OBEDIENT TO THE LORD GOD BLESS

    • It truly was an amazing day in the presence of the Lord. Thank you for inviting us. Your church is filled with the Spirit of the Living God. Glory to our risen Savior, Jesus Christ!