One of the people groups most vulnerable at this time is teenage girls, and in particular young mothers and expecting mothers. Living in the poorest areas of the city where there is least law or oder and gang-controlled, the young women and girls are more vulnerable than ever to sexual assault and rape, leaving many with unplanned pregnancies and absolutely no support network.
One young mother (14 years old) said, “I found a man who promised me a better life and followed him. I was raped and became pregnant. He said he would marry me; but he never did. He abandoned me alone. I am now with my five months old son without any support. I have no money to buy my son’s medicine for his ear’s infection…later I come to know Jesus and found his blessings, hope and happiness. Not just me, my son is healthy and happy too. I want my son become an educated person and grow up to help others.”
Learning this heartbreaking situation, one of our ministry partners who are serving in these poorest areas started support groups for these young women and girls, where they can come and meet with other young women who are experiencing the same challenges, and share their issues while receiving prayers and emotional support. Now, the ministry center provides hostels for the vulnerable women who needed to escape their environments that are dangerous or unsuitable for themselves and their children.
· Please pray for the safety of the young women and their children.
· Please pray for more groups for young mothers to rise up.
· Please pray for more support in being able to house these women and children.