Stroll through any discount retail outlet and you’ll find clothes made in Bangladesh. It leads the world in manufacturing cheap, ready-to-wear clothing; it’s also now known as home to the largest garment factory disaster in history. Bangladesh is one of the world’s 10 most populous countries and it’s also one of poorest.
The headline read, “India Loses 3 Million Girls to Infanticide” (The Hindu, Oct. 9, 2012). This grisly revelation did not incite riots in India. The brutal gang rape of a young woman on Dec. 16 unleashed a sleeping giant, though. No one knows what act, event or headline will bring about lasting change.
Many friends on Facebook are posting a reason to be grateful each day this Thanksgiving month. My list of thanks seems to be a mile long. To start, there is my faith in Jesus, my health, a warm bed, the love of family and friends, and a strong calling to ministry.
Many of the world’s children have a rough start in life. Poverty, abuse and neglect rob them of a sense of self, a vision for a future, and a grasp on the present.