Why Young Children Matter

Why Young Children Matter

by Common Good - Sikunye team

An estimated 1 million children will be born in South Africa this year. Each one woven together by God. Each with a unique story. Each with incredible potential. And it is at this time, the beginning of their story, that there exists a great opportunity to nurture potential and a flourishing future. For us to take steps into the future that we all want for South Africa, we must do what we can to give all children a strong start to life. Read More
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Unmasking the Impact of COVID-19 on Asia’s Most Vulnerable Children – report

Unmasking the Impact of COVID-19 on Asia’s Most Vulnerable Children - report

World Vision - December 2020

We are facing a global health and economic crisis unlike any since the second world  war — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and turning people’s lives upside down.

But this is much more than a health crisis. It is a humanitarian crisis, and Asia’s children, especially the most vulnerable, are on the brink of severe hunger, increased disease, and physical and emotional safety risks. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is bringing societies to their knees, crippling their core.

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The local church and the first thousand days of a child’s life

The local church and the first thousand days of a child’s life

The local church and the first thousand days of a child’s life: A mixed methods study from South Africa

by Ruth Edith Lundie, Deborah Merle Hancox August 2020

Whilst there is a growing body of research indicating the life-long significance of the first thousand days (F1000D) in a person’s life, there is currently limited research regarding the church’s understanding and support of this critical period for human health and wellbeing. Exploratory research was therefore conducted by a Cape Town faith-based organization seeking preliminary answers to the question: What is the specific contribution a local church can make in support of the first thousand days (conception to 2 years) of a child’s life in Cape Town, South Africa?

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COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS

COVID-19 AFTERSHOCKS

World Vision - December 2020

COVID-19 is not currently perceived as a major threat to children, particularly because of the relatively low  number of girls and boys believed to have contracted the disease. Severe infections are rare and, according to the University of Oxford, child deaths have, to date, been relatively few. But such positive statistics mask a much bigger threat to the world’s youngest citizens. Based on evidence from the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, millions of girls and boys in the world’s poorest and most fragile places are facing disastrous “secondary” impacts from the pandemic that will put their lives and their futures at risk.

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A perfect storm – aftershocks

A perfect storm - Aftershocks

World Vision - December 2020

COVID-19 poses a grave threat to the world’s children. As we showed in our previous report, while the mortality rate for healthy children infected by the virus has been lower than for adults and those with pre-existing conditions, 30 million are still at risk of illness and death. It is the indirect effects and impacts of this disease that pose a clear and present danger to children, particularly the most vulnerable. Read more
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How am I impacting relationships?

How am I impacting relationships?

by Mandy Marshall

Introduction

It’s not often we stop and think about what we do, and how we do it, impacts on the relationships with those around us. In our busy lives we justify our words and actions without stopping to think about the consequences to others. This week we will remind ourselves of how precious every single one of us is in our identity in Christ, created equal in the image of God, and flourishing to be all God created us to be. We will look at the devastation caused when the image of God reflected in women is not respected which results in inequality, injustice and, at times, violence and abuse. As Christians our discipleship to Christ yearns us to call out injustice and act to bring about a change. I pray that this week will move and motivate you to listen and hear the heart of God on this injustice and leave you changed.

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Action Plan on Child Protection: Guiding our leaders and Guarding our children

Action Plan on Child Protection: Guiding our leaders and Guarding our children

By the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia We are inspired by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ found in the book of Matthew 19:13-15 to provide support to children. Through this Scriptural passage, Jesus Christ taught us that we need to care for our children. The action which was exhibited by the disciples by preventing children to meet Jesus Christ could be likened to that of many of our brothers and sisters worldwide today who do not have regard about the importance of children nor their rights. When Jesus Christ demanded that the disciples allow the children to be brought to him and not to be hindered, meant a lot about how Jesus dealt with the children’s rights. Oftentimes, the plight of the children is overlooked and sometimes they are deliberately denied of their fundamental Human Rights and consequently, their survival is affected. Read
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Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose: INPUT TO A BIBLE-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK ON CHILDHOOD

Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose: INPUT TO A BIBLE-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK ON CHILDHOOD

Forty-six Christian leaders, including male and female theologians, Bible scholars, teachers and other church servants, participated in the “Bible Theological Framework on Childhood” Latin American and the Caribbean meeting at the “Casa Nazareth” Retreat Center, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 13 to 15, 2003. This event was called by the following organizations: Compassion International, Christ for the City International, Latin American Mission, Latin American Council of Churches, Tearfund, World Vision International and Viva Network.

This meeting is part of the “Juntos por La niñez” (“Together for Children”) Movement* initiatives, and emerges from the need to deepen Scriptural bases and to nurture a theological thinking that stimulates and gives orientation to the evangelical churches’ ministry on behalf of children.

The following document, entitled, “Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose”, is the outcome of the shared input and reflection during the meeting in Buenos Aires, and at the “Children, Teenagers and Church” Latin American meeting held in Heredia, Costa Rica, in September, 2002. Its purpose is essentially to stimulate the deepest thoughts that contribute to anchor our faith in the solid foundation of the Word, and in a more contextualized and faithful theological reflection.

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Case Study: A successful partnership with the Christian Community on Early Intervention for Children with special needs in Malaysia

Case Study: A successful partnership with the Christian Community on Early Intervention for Children with special needs in Malaysia

By Christine Foo 2007 Personally, the overarching principle for me to be involved in this ministry is that every person (with or without disabilities) is of EQUAL VALUE and possess the God-given dignity. “Every child is of equal worth, without respect to physical beauty, intelligence, health or productivity. That inherent value is a gift from the Creator, who loves us all with infinite fervor.” – Dr James C Dobson Read
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Biblical Understandings of Children and Childhood: Resources for the Church and Mission Today

Biblical Understandings of Children and Childhood: Resources for the Church and Mission Today

By Marcia J. Bunge, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Humanities
(Christ College, Valparaiso University)
Director of the Child in Religion and Ethics Project
March 2011

Although Christians today and in the past have often viewed children in narrow and even destructive ways, the Bible expresses six insightful and central perspectives on children; and by holding these six perspectives in tension (rather than in isolation), we can broaden our conception of children and strengthen our commitment to them in all areas of the Church.

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