Life feels very dark here as we daily face so much sexual abuse and violence towards children.
This week, we recieved a message from a lady pastor who we have trained, asking for help with a four year old girl who is currently in hospital. She has been raped.
On Tuesday, we received a message from a local organisation asking for help with a 10 year boy has been accused of raping a 2 year old girl.
And on the same day a call from a distressed aunt asking for counselling support for her traumatized teenage niece.
This is on the back of many other cries for help this month. Children being bullied in schools, attempted rape of two girls by their uncles. A school counsellor grooming and having sex with five girl pupils.
The situation seems helpless. So much darkness. We are trudging through feeling overwhelmed. At times we wonder what to do. The need seems endless and hopeless. Police don’t seem to take the incidents seriously. It’s consensual they say. Mothers seem unable to protect children from male predators visiting their homes. Poverty makes everything worse. Children are scared to speak out. Abusers are threatening their victims into silence. No one seems to be listening.
Sometimes our own voice seems quiet. We lose passion, get tired, grow weak and weary. We Join a culture of passivity and silence.
That is until we pray. Until we cry out to God. Until we come together as a team and encourage one another to be bold and have courage. To keep moving. To never quit. To make our voice louder. To fight injustice. To ask for our hearts to be broken again. To know that God weeps too. He hears the cries of the broken and He will intervene. He will rescue and He will restore. He does care.
So we continue with fresh hope. We keep going. We feel re-energized. We are Clinging onto this promise from God today – “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I’ll rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”
Please continue with us. I’m not sure if you get weary too? Does compassion fatigue ever kick in? We know God is in control. We commit to provide a voice for each of the children who we come into contact with and others. We need your continued prayer and money.
Key responsible adults in each of the above children’s lives knew about Tehila. They have been trained in how to spot the signs of abuse and how to respond effectively to disclosures. We have been able to mentor, train and offer consultancy because of the money you have given us over the years. Your giving is making a difference. Thank you so much.
But we want to do more. Our vision is bigger. It is huge. We are launching our three year strategic plan and we want you to be a part of it. Would you consider increasing your monthly giving? could you make a one off donation? could you tell a friend about Tehila?
Please join Sam on Sunday 19 November in Bracknell to find out more, hear our current needs and how you can continue to journey with us.
Love Han X