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Day 18, July 26: Muslim Children

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Day 18, July 26: Muslim Children

Muslim children4.3 million children in Islamic countries die each year

Born Muslim: Hold the children’s hands

Last year, one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa died before reaching their fifth birthday. Of those who survived, only 65 per cent had the chance to go to school, but few made it.

A large percentage of Muslim children are born into extreme poverty. Some are forced to beg for survival, many are abused and drawn into drug trafficking or prostitution, some join gangs or rebel armies and terrorist groups. While many of God’s people are full of compassion for young children and doing good works in street shelters, orphanages and helping feed and educate children, more needs to be done.

40 per cent

More than a quarter of the world’s 2.4 billion children live in Islamic countries. That’s an estimated 600 million children. Children make up over 40 per cent of the Muslim population worldwide. A few children living in Islamic countries are among the world’s most fortunate, but the majority are among the poorest and most marginalised, denied fundamental rights to health, education and protection.

According to UNICEF’s 2005 report, Investing in the Children of the Islamic World, “4.3 million children in Islamic countries die each year, millions don’t attend primary school and — in some countries — one in every six women dies in childbirth.” That’s a lot of need.

Holding hands

The story is told of a couple walking through the tall grasslands of Africa. They were each holding their son’s hand, one on each side, but when they came out of the grass they found they had both let go, each thinking the other was holding their son. They frantically searched for the lad and called the nearby village together to help.

After three hours the father said, “Let us hold hands and comb the grass.” They did and they found the child but it was too late. The father in anguish cried out — if only we had held hands sooner, maybe we could have saved him.

Let’s hold hands together with those who are working to protect and bless the children of Muslim nations.

Prayer ideas:

* Pray together that more people will respond to the need for holding hands and reaching children with the message of the gospel in word and deed (Lamentations 2:19).

* Let’s hold hands for God’s protection on and mercy to children in Muslim nations (Proverbs 22:6).

* Let’s pray together for God to show you how you can be involved in helping Muslim children in need (Matthew 28:19).