“Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14
Jesus loved the little children. We sing about it in church, and we even read accounts of how He loved it when children came to learn about Him. Yet, how often do we consider the needs of children globally?
Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations as a day to promote international unity, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. How can you participate in Universal Children’s Day this year?
- Raise awareness
- Pray for missionaries
- Support ministries with global impacts
- Get ready for Operation Christmas Child
The United Nations makes it easy to raise awareness for Universal Children’s Day. You can start, simply by wearing blue, and using #GoBlue on your Social Media to raise awareness. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works toward reaching the goals set by the United Nations to help children in need globally.
“Children’s rights are not special rights, but rather the fundamental rights inherent to the human dignity of all people.” — UNICEF
When it comes to reaching the lost and impoverished nations globally, perhaps no one is more equipped for the job, than missionaries who are working to meet physical and spiritual needs. You may be able to get a global prayer guide from your local church that lists details of missions worldwide and how they are impacting their communities. Every Home for Christ also explores ways the gospel is reaching the world, and how you can pray to support missionaries. You could also take this opportunity to teach your children facts about different countries, and pray over the spiritual needs of each one. The Atlas of God’s World is a great place to start for learning about the various nations of the world.
As you spend time praying over what God is doing around the world, you may feel moved to take the next step to support a ministry with a global impact. While Mardel sponsors a number of ministries, when it comes to reaching children, the ministry of One Hope is dedicated to bringing God’s Word to every child. You could also consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International, or other similar Christian charities.
You could also make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas holiday season when you pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is going on now. This is the perfect time to think about the needs of children globally as you search for ways to bless a children around the world this Christmas.
- Find a shoebox
- Decide to shop for a girl or boy, then pick an age category
- Fill the box with gifts
- Pray over the box
- Follow your box label if you want to see where it goes
- Drop-off your box at your local drop-off location
Find an average-sized cardboard shoebox to store the gifts. Choose to give to a girl or boy, then select either ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Then shop for a medium to large fun gift that fits your audience. You can continue to fill the box with additional fun trinkets, hygiene products, and school supplies. Then pray for the recipient. You could get a tracking label from Samaritan’s Purse if you want to see where your shoebox goes. Then find your local drop-off location to start making that global impact this week.
Universal Children’s Day is just one opportunity for us to consider the issues that affect the world around us. It’s what we do with each day that will make the greatest lasting impact. What steps do you take to improve the life of a child, and what more do you plan to do?
I began my career with Mardel in 2006, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While I love to write fiction and convey stories through novels, I also have a passion for studying philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I enjoy the faith-building resources available at Mardel, and look forward to sharing what new topics and information I’m learning.