Seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isa. 1:17
These are two words that truly don’t belong together. In fact, many people are shocked to find out that children are confined in prison. When we first learned about “M” we were speechless. The thought of children being incarcerated simply because they are abandoned or orphaned made us sick.
Over the course of the past several months, we’ve learned that “M” is not unique. To our horror, there are other facilities throughout Africa that confine children, and in some cases the children are not isolated from the adult prison population. Some children are there for legal reasons and others are not. In many instances, justice is not the priority. Children who may have committed even minor infractions are not entitled to a speedy hearing and may languish in prison for years.
In the coming weeks, we hope to raise awareness of this reality by introducing some of these places and the children who live there. By God’s grace, we have had access to them and pray that we can minister particularly to the most vulnerable children confined in these facilities. They are understaffed, underfunded, and desperate for the love of Christ.
Unfortunately, the plight of the orphan is more than the loss of a mother and father; abuse, confinement, oppression and injustice are all part of their lives. In some small way, we hope to correct this by bringing hope, justice and restoration to some of these forgotten children.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Heb. 13:3