The majority of abandoned children in Bucharest have been moved from state institutions to live in apartments. This seems to be a positive step, but these apartments are crowded and often there is inadequate supervision. These young people are vulnerable to all sorts of evil influences.
- Pray for several Christian groups who visit these apartments and care for the residents.
- Most state support to abandoned children disappears when they turn 18. Pray for believers who are working to assist them in surviving on their own.
- Many abandoned children hear the Gospel and are responsive, yet they easily fall away as temptation appears. Pray for true transformation.
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
Abandoned Children in Hospitals
While there has been an increase in the number of children in foster or guardian care rather than institutions, the rate of child abandonment has not declined (Source: UNICEF, 2011). Mothers abandon their newborn babies in hospitals when they feel they cannot afford to raise them, or are pressured from other members of the extended family who see the baby as a burden. In Bucharest monitors are assigned to counsel disadvantaged mothers and teach them about the importance of good nutrition and birth registration as well as prevent abandonment or re-abandonment. Praise God that He Himself is the provision sent to satisfy the souls of every person.
- Pray that babies and children will have shelter, clothing, water, and food because someone knows and shares the provision and love of God with them.
- Pray for important needs for affection and safety to be known and all the benefits expressed when a mother bonds with her baby from the start.
- Ask God to bless the work of the child welfare workers on the part of children.
- Ask God to bring about changes in the city as the Kingdom of God enters dark places.
“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:33-35