A Little Child

Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.”

When I first went to Africa, a woman in a nearby village was sent to prison for a “criminal abortion.”

I asked the people, “What’s a criminal abortion?”

The village chief answered. “If a woman has an abortion she has murdered her child. We call it “criminal abortion.” The female who has the abortion and the one who performs it are both thrown into prison.”

The people asked me why Americans encouraged abortions and had them to murder innocent babies. Some local people in the cities even heard a rumor that U.S. pharmaceutical companies were using aborted fetal brain tissue to prepare medicines to improve the quality of life. Was this true? It sounded like murder to them.

At this time the following incident happened in another African village.

A woman stole a newborn baby and gave it to a witchdoctor to use in his concoctions. He stuffed the baby in a large wooden mortar and used a heavy pestle to beat the child. The pulverized infant was the main ingredient in a salve. If this special ointment was rubbed all over the body, the person would presumably become rich.

Local villagers were enraged. They almost beat to death the man and woman who had taken the life of the newborn. They carried the medicine man and his female accomplice to the police who cast them into prison. Their crime was considered so heinous the man and woman were condemned to spend 5 years in prison before receiving a trial. The incarcerated woman died in jail. The doctor suffered mistreatment in prison waiting for his trial.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.”

The Lord wants us to protect and save the children, not destroy them. How can we do this?

Thanks for joining me today,

Blessings for the week,



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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