Two years, John & I decided to sponsor a child. We made the decision while attending the 2008 National Youth Workers’ Convention & hearing an adult Asian woman tell the story of how she came to know Christ, survive in a poverty-stricken land, & eventually enter the ministry, all with the help of an organization called Compassion International. This is a video I received recently in an email from them:
We chose our child; an eight-year old boy from Ethiopia. The average monthly income in this country is around $8.00. I spend more than that in one day so often. It was a hard realization for me; God had blessed John & I so much…I knew we had not been fully giving to others as we should or could.
Fast-forward two years later, & our sponsored boy is now a growing ten year old. He plays soccer, football, & sings. His parents are married, selling cabbage & firewood to help support the family. He attends Sunday School & church, personally writes us letters every few months to tell us how he’s doing, colors us pictures, & we send him updates on our family as well.
Through Compassion, it has been so easy for us to write to our child. All we have to do is log on, type our letter, & submit. Translators convert it into his native language. Sponsoring a child has been such a blessing, & I hope to pass this on to Faith one day when she’s old enough. I’m already looking forward to helping her write him letters, or maybe even sponsor a child her own age. I want her to learn there is so much to life besides her own little world, and so many others in need of help.
With the recent Haiti earthquate, Compassion is accepting donations to help the families & children of Haiti. If you’d like to help & are able to donate to a reputable Christian organization, click the Haiti earthquate link.
2 Chronicles 20:9 (New International Version)
9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.