Kentucky Church Displays Hundreds of Handwritten Prayers for Children Suffering Abuse

Christ Church United Methodist of Louisville, Kentucky oversees a display of hundreds of prayers for abused children in December 2019. | Cassie Kiser/Christ Church United Methodist

A congregation in Kentucky gathered hundreds of handwritten prayers for children suffering abuse as part of its “1,000 Prayers for Children” project during Advent to raise awareness about the crisis. 

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Kentucky has the highest rate of child abuse per capita in the nation.

Shelah Woodruff, director of Outreach at Christ Church United Methodist of Louisville, which collected the handwritten prayers from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, told The Christian Post that they centered their awareness efforts on prayer because “we believe that God transforms lives and situations through prayer.”

“Through prayer, we believe God can change the lives of children suffering from abuse, the lives of their abusers, the lives of their caseworkers, and even our own lives. Prayer shapes who we are as God calls to us and we respond,” Woodruff said.

“We chose advent as this is the time in the Christian Church when we celebrate Christ’s birth and the light He brings into the world. As John tells us, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski