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Every day approximately 25,000 underage girls are forced into marriage. One in every seven girls in developing countries is married off before the age of 15. More than 60 million girls worldwide are married before they turn 18.

 
 
 
"Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous." Hebrews 13:4 (ESV)
 
 
 

In the UK where forced marriage protection orders were introduced, underage marriages take place in secret, with many girls taken to other countries to be wed.

Pray

Pray that people, especially those in authority, would not turn a blind eye and allow this to continue. God hates injustice and will someday punish it.

 
 
"'Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,' says the LORD; 'I will set him in the safety for which he longs.'" Psalm 12:5
 
 
Pray

Pray that girls will be allowed to stay in school and, as they are educated, they develop the knowledge and confidence to assert “whom,” “if,” and “when” they will marry.

Education is one of the most powerful tools to delay the age at which a girl will marry. The longer a young girl stays in school, the less likely she is to marry and have children during her teenage years.

 
 
 

Compassionate Action

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership committed to ending the harmful traditional practice of child marriage. Check out the website, www.girlsnotbrides.org. Global Charity Plan also has a petition against early and forced marriages: www.plan-uk.org. Think about joining the Equality Action Network to get alerts and updates about campaigns from www.equalitynow.org.

 
 

Prayer Request

Due to the severely unbalanced ratio of males to females in China, an average of 8,000 women and girls are kidnapped every year and offered as prospective wives. Pray for an end to this multi-million dollar industry and the human trafficking from surrounding countries used for this purpose.

 

Bible Verse

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Lamentations 1:12, NIV

Compassionate Action

More specific legislation is needed in every country, whether it sends or receives mail order (Internet) brides, in order to reduce the likelihood of these women falling into abusive and exploitive situations. Write to the law-makers in your country and encourage them to introduce or improve such measures.

Bible Verse

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
Luke 8:17

 

Prayer Request

In certain Muslim societies, poor women and/or their families agree to temporary marriages out of poverty, not choice. They see this unholy arrangement as a path to financial survival. Pray for revelation of God’s plan for true marriage and the spiritual dynamics involved in sexual union.

 
 
 

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