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U.S. children have seen improvement over the past five years in 11 of 16 areas that serve as key indicators of well-being, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). The organization focuses on “developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.” […] Read More

A significant number of children in high-income nations are impoverished and experiencing food insecurity. The U.N. analyzed 41 nations it identified as “high income” that are part of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this group, 21 percent of children currently live in poverty, while 12.5 percent are […] Read More

Did you know that being a foster child or otherwise in the care of child protective services is a risk factor for being a victim of domestic minor sex trafficking? In 2013, 60 percent of the child sex trafficking victims recovered as part of an FBI nationwide raid from more than 70 cities were children […] Read More

More than 2 million children in South Sudan have fled their homes. The number of child refugees is now more than a million and another million-plus are internally displaced as a result of the nation’s ongoing civil war. Additionally, “nearly three quarters of the country’s children are out of school – the highest proportion of […] Read More

An estimated 600 million children (one in four) will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue. That’s the conclusion of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recent report, “Thirsting for a Future.” Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water due to conflicts, droughts, floods and changes […] Read More

What do you do with smartphones during youth group? Really, we could ask this question for all ages in the church, couldn’t we? For Generation Z (born between 1996 to 2014), they’ve always grown up being connected. They have no idea the pain of the screeches, squawks and slowness of the dial-up days. They’ve never […] Read More

Whether God calls us to the ends of the earth or to the house down the street, we are all called to share the love of Christ with others. In a culture that continuously strives for “bigger and better” and encourages (even demands) self-centeredness, the church’s role in teaching kids to have a global and […] Read More

An estimated 75 million of displaced children are “in desperate need of educational support,” according to UNICEF. “For children fleeing from the horrors of war and struggling with the disorientation and marginalization concomitant with sudden displacement, education provides an essential lifeline in restoring structure and a sense of normalcy,” Nabil Costa, executive director of the […] Read More

A new song titled “What I’m Thankful For” – a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor – offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than “making a list and checking it twice.” “What I’m thankful for ain’t on no list, for it only in my heart exists,” the […] Read More

One day our kids will “Google” us. It hasn’t happened yet for me, but I know it will soon. I’ve already been Facebook “stalked,” Instagram-investigated and iPhone-snooped by my 13-year-old. It’s only a matter of time before she puts my name into Google to see what pops up. What will she find? Will she find […] Read More