“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
– 1Pe_5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel-”HE careth for me.” Christian! do not dishonour religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to
“Lie passive in God’s hands,
And know no will but his.”
O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if thou art one of his family, will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart. Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.  C.H. Spurgeon

Arkansas Senator Issues “Child Welfare Manifesto” – Child Abuse Perpetrated by the State Must Stop

Sen. Alan Clark

Photo source: YouTube [1]

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

As an Arkansas State Senator, Alan Clark has taken seriously his responsibility to hear the voice of the people in his state. When citizens brought the story of the Stanley family to his attention, he investigated.

Homeschooling parents Hal and Michelle Stanley’s 7 children were removed from their home one cold night in January 2015, over false allegations that they were poisoning their children with an unapproved mineral substance. The children have since been returned home, but their lives were turned upside down.

See their story:

Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement [2]

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Stanley family children being removed from home during the night because the father allegedly used an unapproved mineral supplement. Photo from the Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page [3].

In the two years that followed the seizure of the Stanley children, Senator Clark has investigated the actions and policies of his state’s Department of Children and Family Services. He was stonewalled at some points, as DCFS officials resisted Congressional efforts to hold the state agency accountable for their actions. In October, Senator Clark wrote concerning his efforts to obtain information on the Stanley case:

Most do not know that I had to hold the DCFS budget to get that information and the whole Arkansas legislature had to back me to force them to comply. They are clearly more secretive than they have to be. They are clearly more secretive than the law allows.

What he found within the agency was a frightening abuse of power, where innocent families suffer and are torn apart, and children often suffer even more abuse at the very hands of those who are supposed to be protecting them.

See:

Arkansas Senator on CPS Kidnappings: “No Horror Movie Ever Prepared You for This” [4]

Shortly after, an internal email was discovered that showed that the agency was well aware from the beginning that they had no legal right to intervene in the Stanley family. That email was the “smoking gun,” but it was withheld from the legislative oversight committee that Senator Clark co-chairs, prompting him to write that “the gloves are about to come off,” and that all those who had hindered efforts to get at the truth would be exposed.

Arkansas Senator Writes to DHS “The Gloves are About to Come Off” as Cover-up in Stanley Case is Discovered [5]

Child Welfare Manifesto

On December 26, 2016, Senator Alan Clark posted to his Facebook page his vision for Child Protective Services, which he has entitled “Child Welfare Manifesto.” In it, he acknowledges the great harm that is being done to children in the name of protecting them, and gives some common sense considerations that lawmakers in every state would do well to pay attention to as they examine the Child Protective Services agency and its impact on the families in their state.

Here is the document in its entirety:

CHILD WELFARE MANIFESTO

The new rule in child welfare should be borrowed from Hippocrates. First, do no harm.

There is so much argument about how often the government/state should intervene, how much we should intervene, how we should intervene, should we intervene.

We know or we should know of the intense psychological, often permanent trauma that can be and is inflicted by removing children from their families and placing them with strangers. Every time we move them that trauma is compounded. If the strangers we place them with are not extraordinary human beings the trauma is compounded more.

We must consider that before we remove a child. Someone who truly understands the weight of that should be the only one making that decision. We should be absolutely sure that we have a better solution before we make that removal.

We cannot continue to make the decision that a child’s current situation is not acceptable, only to move them into another unacceptable situation. That is child abuse perpetrated by the state.

We do not just need to reform the system. We need to rethink the very nexus of the system. We cannot continue to assume that the new situation for the child is superior to the old situation, simply because it is the best the state can do today.

Children are not playing cards to be shuffled here and there at the state’s whim. They are not cattle that can be herded from pasture to pasture as it is convenient for the state. For that matter, neither are parents or foster parents. If we are going to take custody of a child it must be with the same care that we would parent our own child. Anything less is to be guilty of negligence ourselves.

The horrible situations that some children face should no longer be used as an excuse for trauma and abuse both, active and passive, committed by actors of the state, even with the best intentions.

We either must intervene in less cases or we become a much more intensively, caring, compassionate, thinking nursery to the children we profess to care so much about that we took them in the first place. If a child is going to suffer abuse it is better that they suffer it in the natural surroundings of their own family than in the foreign unnatural surroundings perpetrated by the state.

There are enough cases out there of the state making egregious mistakes to place the State of Arkansas on the Child Maltreatment List, I think. The state can appeal, but that is one case where I would like to be the administrative law judge.

WHERE IS THE MOST FLAGRANT CHILD ABUSE IN ARKANSAS

“We know or we should know of the intense psychological, often permanent trauma that can be and is inflicted by removing children from their families and placing them with strangers. Every time we move them that trauma is compounded. If the strangers we place them with are not extraordinary human beings the trauma is compounded more. ” Senator Alan Clark

“There are enough cases out there of the state making egregious mistakes to place the State of Arkansas on the Child Maltreatment List, I think. The state can appeal, but that is one case where I would like to be the administrative law judge.” Senator Alan Clark

Egregious means “outstandingly bad; shocking”. Synonyms are, “shocking, appalling, terrible, awful, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous, monstrous, heinous, dire, unspeakable, shameful, unforgivable, intolerable, dreadful, or grievous.” Daily I am in touch with people, who in my opinion, have been egregiously abused by the state welfare system. A couple evenings back, a friend said that until our case, he had always thought that the welfare system was a good thing, helping many needy children. What has been your experience? I would like you to post your experience with CACD and DHS in Arkansas. Do you believe that the State of Arkansas should be on the Child Maltreatment List, because of their egregious neglect and abuse of children? Sound off!
Bro Hal Stanley

FAMILY BUSINESS

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luk 2:49)

Since the purpose of the christian family is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, wouldn’t it be wise to “follow in his steps”, 1 Pet. 2:21? On this subject we enter in to the finances of the family. How does God want us to “make a living”? If you ask a sample of people the question “What do you do?”, they will mostly answer by telling you their occupation or job, or basically how they make money. If our sample was from christians or non christians the answers would probably be the same. If you ask these people why do they live where they live, they will say something like “This is where I work.” Now let me introduce another factor. The Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” (1Ti 6:10). Is it possible that the deep apostasy our nation is in is because we have peirced ourselves through with many sorrows because the love of money has dominated our motivations in living, and not the passionate desire to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ by depending on Him for everything in life?

Let us make a comparison. We can earn money to sustain our families to be able to carry out the mission our Heavenly Father has given us. From another angle, we earn money so that we can fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We want our children to have high paying jobs so they can have all “the things we never had when we were growing up”. Now I know we need money, and lots of it in our society, but I know that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Php 4:19). Further, “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful,” (Tit 3:14). I take it that this refers to an honorable job which allows one to take care of “necessary uses” so that they be “not unfruitful”.