More than 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have crossed the U.S. border since October 2013, fleeing gang- and drug-related violence in their home countries. Whatever their future may hold, these children need hope. Help share God’s Word with them.
They are coming.
Boys and girls from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador—making their way north to the U.S. border with Mexico. Thousands of at-risk children are trying to escape skyrocketing violence in their home countries, fueled by an explosive mix of gangs and drugs. Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate. El Salvador and Guatemala round out the top five.
Desperate parents in these nations are paying smugglers known as “coyotes” to lead their children to the promised land: America. Smugglers can pocket thousands of dollars per child. But as for the children themselves? Their future is anything but certain.
When they arrive, they are alone—without family or friends. Often, without hope.
Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have entered the U.S. illegally.
More than three quarters of these children have come from violent cities and towns in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
About 1,000 unaccompanied children are arriving at the U.S. every 72 hours.
Many of these children are detained in places like Port Hueneme Naval Base in California. Port Hueneme is currently housing 575 children between the ages of 13 and 17.
At detention facilities, migrant children receive food, shelter, clothing, and education. But their spiritual needs are not being met.
You can share the hope of God’s Word with children who’ve fled hopeless situations. So far, we’ve provided nearly 4,000 Spanish Bibles, New Testaments, and other spiritual resources for children. Through our partnership with AWANA and Calvary Community Church in Oxnard, CA (near the Port Hueneme facility), migrant children are hearing the good news about Jesus Christ.
But the need is overwhelming. 57,000 children have crossed the border so far, and more are coming. Whatever the political solution to this crisis may be, our spiritual responsibility is clear: to share the love of God and the hope of his Word with these at-risk children.
Will you help?
Your gift of $25 will provide 5 Spanish Bibles and crisis booklets specifically designed for at-risk children—those who don’t have homes, who are separated from their parents, and who desperately need to experience Christ’s love.
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