Stopping the Suffering of God’s Children

In ordering a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces launched an attack of sarin nerve gas killing more than 100 of his country’s citizens, including many children, President Donald Trump declared, “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” 

While we may disagree about the legality and wisdom of these air strikes, surely we can agree that children, created by God in His image and likeness, should never be treated so horribly.  Sadly, however, many children are suffering greatly in today’s world.  Some suffer because of violence and civil wars in Syria, South Sudan, the DR Congo, and numerous other places.  Many other children suffer because they are being forced to serve as soldiers, bonded laborers, or sex slaves.  Millions more suffer because they do not have clean water to drink or enough food to eat, stunting their growth and imperiling their health. Millions of children also suffer because they contract painful, debilitating, sometimes fatal diseases that vaccines could have prevented. 

We often, however, feel overwhelmed by the extent of and confused about the causes of global poverty. We do not feel responsible to help alleviate it. After all, what can one individual do?  Trying to aid the hundreds of millions of poor children around the world often seems fruitless, akin to putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. Many people help distressed individuals if they get to know them personally, think their intervention can make a difference, and believe their endeavors will be successful. Few people, however, feel compelled to combat social ills when they have no personal contact, the problems seem massive, and success seems unlikely, which is how millions of Americans view global poverty and injustice.

We challenge you to explore the resources on this website and read Suffer the Children to learn how you can aid impoverished children, stop their suffering, and help them have a better life.

Gary SmithComment