The Great Loss
The atmosphere in Walmart was paralyzed.  Customers and associates froze in position for a moment.  The blood curdling scream and then the agonizing wail which followed caused chills to run up and down your spine.  The loud wailing and crying continued.  “Somebody help me!”  “My baby!  My baby!”

Earlier a search had been in progress throughout the store.  The men’s restrooms were checked.  Associates hurried up and down the aisles.  The security cameras were reviewed.  The little boy could not be found.  Finally the managers gathered around the mother and told her the sad news.  “We’re sorry, but we can’t locate your son.  Did you have relatives or friends with you who may have known were he went?”

In 2010 the United States was ranked sixth in the world for kidnapping for ransom, according to the available statistics.  A comprehensive study done in 1999 reported that approximately 800,000 children younger than 18 were reported missing.  It must be noted, however, that not all of these cases are due to kidnapping.  The first three hours after a child is missed are the most critical.  A study in 2006 discovered that 76.2% of abducted children who are killed are dead within three hours.  The murder of an abducted child, however, is rare.  Sexual exploitation and pornography are more often the reason for the crime.

To lose a set of keys is disturbing.  To lose your purse or wallet along with drivers license, credit cards and cash is distressing.  To lose your cell phone is unsettling.  But to lose your child is unthinkable.  

Even more disturbing is the thought of losing your loved ones eternally because they did not come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  In this lesson we will be looking at an interesting news story of a foiled kidnapping.  Then we will search God’s Word as we consider the pain and anguish of losing a loved one as well as the importance of making an effort to save them from the consequences of their lostness. 

Lesson Objective:  By the end of the lesson the students should feel a greater need to regularly intercede for the salvation of their lost loved ones.

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