I pray for the children who come to the Family Life Centre drop-in program. I pray especially for the kids who I know don’t have a good home life. That would be most of them. I feel bad for the kids who aren’t loved enough, who aren’t valued enough and who are neglected in so many ways. I feel a certain righteous indignation for kids that grow up with parents who are dependent on alcohol or drugs. Often their kids don’t receive enough food because the household money is spent on feeding an addiction. I feel the same indignation for kids who are subjected to violence from their parents.
As bad as things may be now for these children, the Family Life Centre offers hope—the hope found in Christ Jesus. We offer a safe place where they can just be carefree kids at play. We also offer them an alternative to the negative life choices so many adults in this area have embraced. The kids who come here are prayed for, taught the Gospel and loved. If these little ones welcome Jesus into their hearts, it will change their lives. Real change only arrives through belief and commitment to Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:22-24 expresses this very change: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.“
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