India: Anti-Child Labour Day - 12th June

General June 11, 2007

As India gets ready to observe the Anti Child Labour Day on June 12th, EFICAR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Children at Risk) requests your prayers for the child-labourers in our country.

India has the highest number of young people in the world and also the largest number of working children in the world. Nearly 115 million children in India work and many of these are engaged in hazardous occupations. Thousands of children are bonded labourers and domestic servants. They are paid less and abused much.

The Bible says that when we pray, God hears our prayers and answers us. Therefore, prayer can change the destiny of these children. Please uphold them in your prayers:

1. Pray that God would bless the children of our nation.

2. Pray that the living standard of the poor in India will improve so that children will not be compelled to work for a living.

3. Pray for the eradication of child labour and that children will enjoy the freedom guaranteed to them by the Constitution of India.

4. Pray that children in India will come to know Jesus Christ as their personal saviour and will have a bright and beautiful future in Jesus Christ.
5. Pray that the corrupt practice of bonded child labour will end and that children serving as bonded child labourers will be rescued.

6. Pray that the political leaders in India will take the matter of child labour seriously and take effective measures to combat this issue.

EFICAR: EFICAR stands for Evangelical Fellowship of India Children At Risk. Children At Risk are those children who are vulnerable to social evils like child labour, child trafficking, sexual and economic exploitation, domestic violence, discrimination, female foeticide and HIV/AIDS infections. EFICAR goes to the remotest part of India to educate the local churches and motivate them to work for the upliftment and protection of Children At Risk.

Rev. Richard Howell,
General Secretary

EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF INDIA805/92, Deepali building , Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019, India.
Phone : 91-11-26431133, 26423726,
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