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Our Vision

Mission Statement

Child Refuge is a ministry dedicated to ending the sexual victimization and exploitation of youth within churches across the United States. Child Refuge exists to invest directly in the lives of youth and families that are most vulnerable and those that are victimized.

 

We do this through education, empowerment, counseling, prayer, presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ and the unadulterated Word of God.

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There is a problem within the American church of all denominations that has been festering for years. The church carries a heavy responsibility of evangelizing the lost, preaching against social injustice and sin in society, dealing with divisions over issues of doctrine, same-sex marriage in the church, etc. In all of this, though, something important has been overlooked. There is an alarming number of children and teenagers in churches across the nation that are being sexually exploited and abused. There are many more being allowed to consume media that is presenting a warped view of sexuality, thus priming them to fall into sexual sin. All the while, there are sermons and teachings about holiness and separation from the world. Many people wonder why as many as 80% of the children that grow up in church end up leaving the faith by college age. It is clear that there is an internal problem. Many Christians are on the outer battlefields, but many times there is neglect in “staying by the supplies”(1 Sam. 30:24), so to speak.

 

Our vision is to address these issues eating away at the church in order to save the future of the church. That is our motto - saving our future, one life at a time. In children’s ministry there is a saying…the church is always one generation away from extinction. If our children are leaving in droves once they’re old enough to make their own choices, it is a dire sign for our future. If they don’t take up the banner, then who will?

 

To educate and empower the church, we have strived to fill the pages of this site with helpful information about the various kinds of sexual exploitation and abuse that can happen within the church and even society at large. We continue to develop a mentoring program for at risk youth and a way to connect victims with counselors. We have a prayer line available to those who have been victimized, to parents of victims, to those who see the warning signs and fear that abuse could happen. We believe that prayer changes things and faith moves mountains. Simple prayers of faith can heal and save lives. In all that we do, we try to build upon the foundation of the Holy Bible. The Word is alive, and it’s truth brings life.


 

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