Thursday, June 13, 2013

What a Child Believes About The World: growing up in the red light district

She is already making evaluations.  She is already weighing the facts and processing the information.  It is a simple calculation and whether we realize it or not she will arrive at the sum.  

By the time a child is 6 years old, they have made one of the most important decisions of their life.  It is in the tender gap from conception to 6 years when a  foundation of truth is set. Through what a child perceives in sight and hearing,  conceives through reasoning, and experiences environmentally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually they decide if the world is a good place.

For a child growing up in a red light district, what is the sum of their calculation?

Sirens singing as songs in the day and waking them at night.  Billboards and advertisements galore of a million ways to have a good time at a cheap price.  Streets paved in used needles, animal filth, and city trash that the kids skip, jump and play on.  The corner selection of drugs that "take all the pain away." And the girl trembling from fear as she is sold for about the price of a nice dinner. (Long pause.)

What does a daily crisis situation equal in the mind of a child?

It equals absolutely normal.

For a young one developing in the community of a red light district their world may be entirely contrast to yours. As much as you can't imagine living in a world described like this, the truth is, they can't image living in your world.   A child cannot know anything outside of what they are taught.  Nor can they create something other than what is presented as a way of life and a way to follow.  What they learn will become what as an adult they imitate, unless they are taught a better way.

Recently some children I work with regularly were learning a new concept, to dream.  To simply not accept the circumstances of the conditions around them like a mold, but to carry out God's dreams for them.  When asked the common question "what do you want to be when you grow up?"  hands were raised quickly however the answers were alarming and serious.

"I want to be a drug dealer!" "I want to be in the cartel!" "I want to be a hit man!"

(Another long pause.)

These were not jokes.  These were sincere answers from 9 and 10 year old children.  Answers I don't think any of our staff was prepared for.

But when given different options like a veterinarian, a nurse, a soccer player, or a police officer, how fast their answers changed!  And how they were shouting out completely new ideas for themselves!  The walls of what was "normal" were torn down. They took a step down a road with (real) truth, maybe even for the first time.

What a child brings into this world is a direct reflection of what has been given to them.  Let us teach them what should have been set in their foundation.  Let these little ones recalculate and find the beautiful sum.
"Watch Out!" She wants to be a police officer.
Please watch this short time of sharing about the children Tijuana's red light district.  I know you will be blessed as you listen and believe God for change!


  1. Powerful message! God be with everyone involved with sharing hope and the love of Jesus.

  2. Thank you Judy. Bless you friend.