Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) There is no work more important on our planet than to reach, nurture and disciple children in the love of Christ. Wes Stafford, author of the book Too Small to Ignore asserts, and we agree, that “Just know this: What you will do among children is as close to the heart of God and central to his kingdom as anything we could mention.”
The mission of Americas Children is to reach the poorest children in Mexico, primarily along the Mexico-US border area around Tijuana, by meeting their essential needs and through spiritual discipleship, without which they will not achieve their potential. We are also advocates, speaking out and providing a voice and presence where children need advocacy, are vulnerable and at-risk, and deeply in need of God’s love.
In our roles as advocates, we focus on transforming the conditions that create the poverty so many of these children find themselves in. Its through the power of the Gospel, the love we demonstrate through our service, and the long-term commitment of discipling these children, we rescue them from the plight they are trapped in and help them become productive, Christian adults who in turn contribute back to their homes and communities.
Our reverse mission is to mobilize the church and volunteers within to take hold of the opportunity to meet these impoverished children, brothers and sisters in Christ, and through this service, become more conscious of their suffering, and become more passionate about the Kingdom opportunity to reach these children.
Our dream, our vision, is to ensure that children are safe and sufficiently provided for, attend school, and grow up to love God. Before this can happen, large numbers of their conscious, caring, brothers and sisters must first bring the Kingdom of God to them and reach Jesus’ lambs both physically and spiritually, as these children are our future.