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Father God, command the hosts of heaven to protect the children You hold so dear from being trafficked when they cross the borders alone.
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Analysis. Last week Title 42, a Trump-era health regulation widely used to turn migrants back at the U.S. border, expired. This caused an unprecedented rush of migrants set to cross into the U.S., overwhelming border authorities and generating the threat of a crisis of massive proportions.

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Hidden beneath that imminent disaster lies another crisis that should deeply concern us. This year alone, some 70,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border. Last year, the Customs and Border Patrol estimated that number at 152,000. Those children are transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, which unites them with a sponsor – usually a family member already in the U.S. At least, that is what is supposed to happen.

However, according to three whistleblowers who testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement a few weeks ago, officials have been unable to make contact with some 85,000 child migrants. According to the whistleblowers, those children are routinely sold to work in slaughterhouses, factories, restaurants, and the sex industries. You can read their testimony verbatim here.

HHS whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas testified: “I thought I was going to help place children in loving homes. Instead, I discovered that children are being trafficked through a sophisticated network that begins with being recruited in home country, smuggled to the U.S. border, and ends when ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] delivers a child to a Sponsor — some sponsors are criminals and traffickers and members of Transnational Criminal Organizations. Some sponsors view children as commodities and assets to be used for earning income — this is why we are witnessing an explosion of labor trafficking. Whether intentional or not, it can be argued that the U.S. Government has become the middleman in a large scale, multi-billion-dollar, child trafficking operation run by bad actors seeking to profit off the lives of children.”

Let that sink in for a moment. Eighty-five-thousand children are unaccounted for, most likely trafficked and sold into horrific suffering. The bilingual news agency AND America gives an example of their fate in an article published in February last year: Michael. P. Conlon, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, reported that his office has prosecuted cases of girls as young as 14 [who] have been … forced into prostitution. “They are held in apartments in Queens against their will and driven from appointment to appointment to have sex with men,” said Conlon. “They see 15, 20 men in an evening and all money is handed over to the trafficker.” 

In the same article, Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, director of the Latin American branch of the Coalition Against Trafficking International, is quoted as saying that she believes an estimated 60% of Latin American children smuggled across the U.S. border “have been caught by the cartels and are being abused in child pornography or for drug trafficking.”

This is a humanitarian crisis within a crisis. One that must grieve God deeply. After all, He is a God of justice and near the innocent and oppressed, especially children.

Law enforcement and social services are overwhelmed and simply don’t have the resources in place to prevent this from happening. In her testimony, Ms. Rodas rattled off a list of things the government should do to address this crisis. It included a greater commitment to oversight and accountability, better vetting of sponsors, provision of more tools to rescue children and prosecute traffickers, and putting a stop to retaliation against whistleblowers.

But human means only go so far. God’s people look at this from a divine perspective, and we see a challenge to the Church of its true religion. James 1:27 says: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction.” Hearts filled with the kindness and compassion that are the fruit of the Spirit should compel God’s people to go to these children in need and do what they can to help them. After all, we can do in Christ what government agencies cannot. We can bring the presence and power of God into their lives through prayer and loving care. And we have the resources. The U.S. counts over 80 million people who identify as evangelical, Bible-believing Christians, worshipping together in over 380,000 churches. So we have the manpower to form ministries that can come alongside the government and help provide humanitarian aid. Fortunately, a growing number of churches are stepping up to the plate, with the Catholic Church leading the way.

This is a matter of urgent prayer along two lines:

  1. Pray for divine intervention in this evil practice.
    – Pray that traffickers are exposed and caught and children rescued.
    – Pray that the government will increase its resources devoted to finding and rescuing the 85,000
    children that are unaccounted for.
  2. Pray for the Church to step in and provide multi-faceted ministry to unaccompanied children.
    – Pray for manpower and resources
    – Pray that children will be found in time and brought to ministry centers.
    – Pray for those children to find refuge in Christ and be led on a path to a better life.

For more prayer points on child trafficking,  consult this IFA article: Who Are The Targets Of Human Trafficking?

For more in-depth analysis and guidance on how to pray, download these Special Reports:

Praying About The Border Crisis
The Dark World of Human Trafficking

“Almighty God, we intercede today for the tens of thousands of children that have been sent across our southern border unaccompanied, many of whom have fallen into the hands of human traffickers. Command your angels on their behalf so that they will be found, rescued, and received into loving, caring, faith-based care. May your right hand of justice come against the traffickers. Empower government agencies like the Border Patrol and the Department of HHS with wisdom, manpower, and openness to partner with the Church to improve the detection and care of these children. We pray that the dark and dangerous valley of illegal border crossings will lead them straight into the arms of Christ. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.”

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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and pastored his first church in Amsterdam. He moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs at www.deeperlifeblog.com and assists his wife as a content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Aedrian on Unsplash.

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Sheila Price
May 20, 2023

Father God, we know that at the core of this evil are principalities and spirits of darkness who have possessed people who don’t even know they are possessed.
We ask You to rebuke these spiritual enemies, and we as a body, come in agreement to bind them on earth as they are bound in heaven.
Free the children into the arms of God loving, God fearing agencies.
But free the perpetrators from the demonic control that are out to steal, kill and destroy their sanity and their very lives.
Your Word says it is not Your will that ANY should perish but that ALL come to repentance. These who are in the trafficking industry to make money don’t KNOW they are possessed. Grant them repentance, (1 Timothy 2:25), for how can they come into salvation without it? Open their spiritual eyes and ears to Your Truth so they can understand and discover TRUE FREEDOM. In Yeshua’s Holy name.
Yes and Amen!

May 20, 2023

Prayers ongoing..for weeks and months

Priscilla Meyenburg
May 19, 2023

Father God,I’ve come to the conclusion that in my studying and reading about the missing 85,000 children my spirit hurts thinking about the suffering these innocent children are going through. Jesus gently drops a few words into my mind “ The spirit of Truth shall Guide you. “ 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.“ John 26:13 Heavenly Father lead us to be led by the voice of the spirit of God. God you gave us Authority to ask as we pray to break these strongholds of evilness that are holding these children captive.. God I know You see the cruelty but I Trust you, send your angles into the atmosphere to seek out these children to save them from the hands of the Fowler.. Father remove fear and erase all of the damage that has taken a place in their minds. God we need these children to have a sound mind when they are released back to us in a Free America.. Father God Turn unbelievers “ from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God” We ask you in Jesus name to release His power over all of the children ; working in their minds and hearts sending the correct people to them/ God I know this can be done I read where the angels rescued children from a tunnel that saved them from sexual abuse, pornography, slaves in factories. God this must Stop, these children are just children. As I think of the story about Sodden and Gomorrah and what happened I always thought how horrible that these men were wicked not so as what is happening to the children and women. Genesis -19 – “ 10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.“ God I’f the angels need to do this blind the satanic evil, wicked perpetrators do Soto save the 85,000 children. I believe and Trust that every stronghold over America will be accomplished and every principality is being overthrown. Every Giant will fall, we have five stones- I ask this in your powerful name of Jesus. Thank you Jesus we honor you as you go forward to protect us. ❤️ Decree “We decree that the rent less power of God is being released throughout the earth to weaken all strongholds and activate the greatest harvest in History.” DS

Mike Gortat
May 18, 2023

Let’s pray that the demand for this “ commodity “ be extinguished. If there is no demand, there is no supply.

Denise Moore
May 18, 2023

My Father, Hear Our prayers, these little ones are trying to live there life with out help, they’re getting harm today, and maybe every day, please protect Your little children’s with They parents or someone they can TRUST, Jesus command the Angels encampment around them, put them under your shadow of Your wings, have The angels to lift them Up So they feet will Not dash against the the Stone, LORD they don’t need to be abuse, But send a perfect person that passing By, to get help, We needed your direction and Your guide to the right person, in Jesus name Amen 🙏👣⭐❤️

Christine Stott
May 18, 2023

Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, for the children, for the children, we cry out to You! For the atrocities God, stop the atrocities God, please! Please bring this to an end! Protect us all from people with these evil minds and evil acts!

Susan CC
May 18, 2023

Dear Lord and God, You have much to say about the wicked. You say, woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. They are like the storm-tossed sea, it can’t be still, its waves churn up mire and muck. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they don’t hide it. Woe to the wicked! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Rebels and sinners will be completely destroyed, and those who desert the LORD will be consumed. Your return is coming with blazing fire and You will inflict vengeance on those who do not know You and do not obey Your gospel. They will suffer the penalty of eternal destruction, separated from Your presence and the glory of Your might.

I pray every person involved in the sale and trafficking of children will be slayed in the spirit. I ask that this shame and horror seal those who are profiting, may they be struck down, never to rise again until they call out to You in their distress. If not, have Your way Lord. “Amen! “Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, 
honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! “Amen!”

Isaiah 3:11, 57:20, 3:9, 1:28; 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9, Revelation 7:12


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