What does “life to the full” mean to a child? World Vision invited children in Uganda, the Philippines, Cambodia, Albania, and Nicaragua to describe the life they aspire to live. Their answers are simple but poignant. Please join us as we pray for the precious children we serve together.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.—John 10:10
Education: “If I finish school, then I can find a good job … to help my parents.”
Reality: Because more than 300 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work worldwide, many cannot attend school.
Pray parents embrace the lifelong value of education and find ways to support their families so children don’t have to work.
Care for creation: “When there are many trees planted.”
Reality: Survival practices in many rural communities around the world damage the environment. Trees are wiped out for firewood, land is cleared for unsustainable farming, and fish stocks dwindle in relation to demand.
Pray that reforestation efforts continue to grow, deserts are reclaimed, and environmental resources are protected.
Presence of peace: “We don’t have conflict. No violence, no fight.”
Reality: Armed conflict in 2012 displaced a record 28.8 million people worldwide.
Pray for God’s steadfast love to overcome strife, bringing peace among all nations.
Strong relationships: “The family is together.”
Reality: Death often separates family members, taking children younger than 5 at a rate of nearly 19,000 children per day.
Pray for the international will to reduce child deaths caused by lack of clean water, food, and healthcare.