March 18, 2013
While the month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, churches are invited to participate in a special way on Blue Sunday, the last Sunday of April. On Blue Sunday, churches are asked to take time in their service to pray for the victims of child abuse as well as for those who rescue them.
According to the latest Child Maltreatment Report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1570 children died from child abuse and over 3 million others were also confirmed victims of child abuse in 2011.
Blue Sunday began as the vision of founder Janet Magee, who joined the battle against child abuse when she rescued her own grandchildren. Learning about the overwhelming numbers of children reported as abused, Magee recognized that the epidemic of child abuse needed the faith community’s participation in order to heal.
What began with 20 churches praying has grown into a national effort with over 2.5 million people committed to pray annually. Many state agencies across the country have embraced and promoted the day of prayer. State agencies need what the church has to offer: people, resources and our prayers.
On Blue Sunday churches are asked to take time during their service on to pray for three specific things:
1. The children who are victims of child abuse
2. Those who rescue and serve abused children
3. Direction to become active participants in the fight to end child abuse
Visit www.bluesunday.org for free resources and to register your church or ministry to pray.