Do you have a scar? Scars are proof that trauma once inflicted a wound on you.
Maybe a bone was broken at the playground, you injured yourself playing sports, or, maybe the scar runs deeper, and you were a victim of abuse. Big or little, scars ultimately tell a story. We think of scars being physical, but we also wear emotional scars that seemingly have an amplifier attached to them.
For example, consider 11-year old Jason*, who was locked in closets and forced to sit on cans as punishment before he finally found hope through our Christ-centered services. There’s also Brittany, who at the age of 16 was whipped with cords and sexually abused by a relative. Thankfully authorities intervened and Brittany’s physical and emotional scars were addressed and treated by our loving and caring staff. These true stories are tragic and give reason to pray, advocate and fight to prevent child abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and alongside Prevent Child Abuse America, we’re bringing awareness to child abuse through Pinwheels for Prevention. And awareness is very important, but there is also tremendous work that needs to be done, as numbers from a recent Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) report mirror the lives of Jason and Brittany. Just last month, more than 1,400 children were removed from their homes in the state of Florida due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect.
We count on people like you to show how help is available to hurting and traumatized children. 3-year-old Frank* is a survivor of child abuse and carries scars from having 32 broken bones by the time he was 3 months old. With his future in jeopardy at such a young age, an FBCH-licensed foster family stepped up and welcomed Frank into their home, understanding how fragile he was and the kind of attention and care he would demand. Eventually, Frank was adopted by his foster parents, giving him a forever family.
Every child has purpose and deserves love and hope. At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, we believe all wounds are healable because of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5). An individual’s scars are markers that prove Jesus can heal wounds no matter how big or little. While many children suffer traumatic wounds as a victim of child abuse, their scars can tell the story of healing and redemption when someone wraps around them with love and care.
Each of us carry different physical and emotional scars from past experiences. Your scars have value, because Jesus can turn any story into glory for you and for One More Child.
*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.