Tonight, December 7th, is a National Day of Prayer for Runaway Kids.
This is spearheaded by Covenant House, a lifeline and (literally) life-saving ministry to runaway and homeless kids in a number of US urban centers (New York City, DC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Newark, Ankorage, Hollywood, among others).
The NYC Covenant House staff and kids light candles on this day each year and walk to Times Square where they pray. The people who prey on these kids instead of pray for them do their drug, sex, and exploitation business on the streets surrounding Times Square. In faith, these Christians shine the light of Christ into those dark corners. In faith, they declare that the light is shining into the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Here's what the president of Covenant House has to say:
I believe with all my heart that if we raise our voices together in our Candlelight Vigil, we can truly change the world.
If even one more person can be convinced to take up our cause... or if just one more shivering, hungry child steps out of the shadows to the light and safety of Covenant House... doesn’t that make all our efforts worthwhile?
I hope you can join us on December 7th. We’ll be setting out from Covenant House at 5:30 p.m. for our special march to Times Square with our kids. Please bring a candle and remember to dress warmly.
And this year, if you can’t join us in person, I have a special request to make of you -- one that will allow you to be with us in spirit and make this Candlelight Vigil the most powerful one we’ve ever held.
On December 7th, I’m asking you to please light a candle at home and say a prayer for our kids.
Your candle and prayers -- combined with those of thousands of other caring people -- will light a beacon of hope for every homeless child across the country.
Many of these children have never had anyone to love them. Imagine the impact it will have on them when they learn that thousands and thousands of men and women all over the country are praying for them! Just thinking about it sends shivers up and down my spine.
And imagine the power of our prayers as we march up to Times Square, with row upon row of candles illuminating the faces of the walkers, lit in memory of street children who never made it home. Imagine the impact of our prayers as we ask God to watch over the homeless boys and girls struggling to survive.
Can you see now why your participation in our Candlelight Vigil is so important?
Whether you join us in person or in spirit, you will help make this Vigil a night of prayer, love and hope for the countless scared kids who are still out there all alone on the cold winter streets.
We in Madison don't need to travel to New York. We have only to reach State Street to find runaway, throwaway and homeless children. Right here in Madison are runaways from all over Wisconsin. Children in vampire cults. Teenagers selling their bodies for food and sleeping in dangerous and freezing places. They are hungry and angry and afraid. They don't trust anybody. They don't see a future.
YWAM folks reach out to these kids. A group of mom-type women show up weekly with hot coffee, sandwiches and concern. Salvation Army and churches like First Methodist or Pres House or St. Paul's located on or near State Street reach out. Other people I don't know about reach out and care.
Will you light a candle tonight? Will you pray for the ministry of Covenant House and the kids right here in Madison in need. Will you ask God to raise up such a ministry ?
During an all-night prayer vigil held the night of the State Street Halloween "party" the Lord said to me that "they are all your children. Will the Christians of Madison stand up and be mothers and fathers to them?"
Praying from my mother's heart,