‚ÄėArise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.‚Äô (Lamentations 2:19)
Those words from Lamentations were written some 2,500 years ago, but they are echoed by a very modern reality: there are still children fainting from hunger at street corners. Estimates vary, but there are millions of children worldwide who live on the streets or spend most of their time there. Around 30,000 children live on the streets of Kinshasa alone.
This reality hit home for a group of BCT supporters from Community Church¬†Putney, as they took part in a Sleep Out for BCT this summer. Seeing photos of street-living children in Kinshasa and hearing more about what life is like for them, day in, day out, reduced several of the group to tears. And as the intrepid 14 bedded down in a garden,¬†using sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to¬†keep out the cold, they gained a powerful taste of homelessness. (They also raised over ¬£4,500 for EPED, our partner working with Kinshasa‚Äôs street-living children.) These 14 heroes were deeply moved by the plight of Kinshasa‚Äôs children but, more than that, they felt a sense of righteous anger at the situation ‚Äď a determination to bring about change.
Anger can be a good thing; a valuable thing. We can‚Äôt be angry about everything in this world, but when we sense the fire of God‚Äôs holy indignation stirring in us, let‚Äôs not smother it but use it to compel us to action and to change this world for good.
Phil and Evan were among the 14 taking part in the Sleep Out. Here‚Äôs what they had to say about the experience:
Could you take action to help street-living children, too? Click here to find out more about EPED‚Äôs work with street-living children, and how you can help them change young lives.