This past week, I have had the great privilege of participating in the 4/14 Window Global Summit III in Singapore. The 4/14 Window refers to the millions of children around the world who are aged 4 to 14 years old. The Summit is a gathering of more than 700 leaders from around the world (92 countries) who are committed to praying, developing, equipping, and responding to the needs of the world’s children. The movement started three years ago with the specific intention of raising awareness about the value of children and to mobilize the church around the world to not ignore the contribution and needs of our children. Some of the most meaningful moments of our time together have been listening to the voice of children saying “you’re losing us” – “thank you for not ignoring us” – “thank you for giving us a chance to contribute”. I had the privilege of being prayed for by a group of 5-6 young girls. As they laid hands on me and prayed, I was deeply moved hearing their voices in several different languages. I was reminded of the words of Jesus – “let the children come to me”… and the reminder that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I think the Lord gives special ear to the prayers of children. Those gathered here have been praying all week long for the adults in attendance. I am humbled by their model and example. And I am also reminded of the great influence that children have had on my own life… Roby and I have had five children live with us over the course of the first five years of our marriage. Those years were certainly challenging in many ways – but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I love each of those children very much. I am thankful for AJ, Kimberly, Dashawn… they have taught me so much about myself and about the world. I am also very thankful for my siblings. Being a decade older than them, it has been a great privilege to watch them – through struggles and triumphs – grow into adulthood. I am very proud!
To learn more about the Global 4/14 Window Summit go to www.4to14window.com.