A CRY FOR CHILDREN
By Ada Nicholson Brownell
Reprinted from the book, What Prayer Can Do
During World War II enemy soldiers entered a small Dutch village, intending to take the young girls for sexual slaves.
The fathers and almost every other man from the village were in battle or in prison. Women and children—some of them teenage girls—were left.
As soldiers came to their homes and seized the younger women, the village mothers and grandmothers gathered in the town square where enemy buses were parked
The women stood and watched as the girls, some barely into their teens, were herded like animals toward the buses. The women had no weapons.
When the first girl was seized and forced into the bus, in unison terrible cries of anguish erupted from the women standing by.
Suddenly they took off their wooden shoes and began to attack the soldiers.
Their daughters were saved because the village women came to defend them.
I met one of the young girls who escaped and immigrated to the United States. She told me this story in Arvada, Colorado. How thankful she was for the cries of anguish from the women as they went into action with the only thing available—their shoes.
I thought of teens—both boys and girls—who are being seized by Satan for his use. One parent, whose son was involved in drugs and was in trouble with the law, told me, “There’s nothing I can do.”
But we don’t have to stand by and see our youths corrupted by Satan, who will steal their talents and love for life, and even kill the body and destroy the soul (John 10:10).
A young married couple came to church without knowing their parents had become Christians and were praying for them.
“Both of us got this desire to read the Bible,” the young man explained. “We bought one and started reading. Instead of starting at the front, we started at the back. We were reading Revelation, and we got scared. We didn’t understand some of it, so we decided we’d better find a church. We came here and gave our lives to Christ.”
The couple learned their parents, who had become Christians, and many of their parents’ friends, were praying for them. The parents didn’t know how to explain to their children what happened in their lives, so they just prayed and their children found God.
Some parents’ prayers aren’t as quickly answered. But when the cry of anguish for souls is sent heavenward, we know God hears (1 John 5:14, 15).
All we can take with us into heaven are other people. We want our families with us for eternity.
Every day I thank God I have children who are dedicated to Him. Even then when one gets into a dangerous situation, I find a place on my knees to intercede for him.
But the cries of anguish and action for youths need not be limited to our families. The cry can go up for our community, our city, and our nation’s children.
We can pray for youths. We can be good examples. We can teach the Bible and its principles. We can encourage them. As parents we can be firm and loving with discipline. We can help them be faithful to the house of God. We can show our love for them.
Yes, there are things we can do to defend our youths. We don’t have to sit idly by. Like the village women, we can use what we have to do battle.
But we won’t fight this battle alone. When the cry of anguish goes up and we put faith to our works, we enlist the help of Almighty God.
The next cry will be the cry of victory!
n THE PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL, June 9, 1985