The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such as These

13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

— Matthew 19:13-14

This article from The Globe and Mail, on the “surge” of children escaping unreal levels of gang violence in El Salvador to the US, is heartbreaking, but it really needs to be read.  There is no doubt that immigration is a complicated issue, but tens of thousands of children are coming every year, not because of some vague economic dream of a better life, but because they are afraid they will be murdered.  And yet, most of them are deported immediately (if they are caught) and returned home,  where they will be targeted for attempting to leave in the first place.  If anyone is in need of your prayers and your compassion it is these desperate people.  

The full article is a long read, but it is worth your time.  Read it at the Globe and Mail.

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