I just sponsored my second child with Compassion International. For those who may not know about this wonderful organization, “Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.”
I had always wanted to make a difference in a child’s life, other than my own. There is so much need in the world, so much poverty that we wouldn’t even be able to wrap our heads around, and because there is so much need we have the tendency of wanting to help, but becoming paralyzed as to how to help. How could I make a difference, when there is so much that needs to be done?
The fact of the matter is, God doesn’t expect us to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. However, I believe we were put on this earth to help others… and some scripture confirms this… “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” Psalm 82:3.
I sponsored my first child several months ago and it is so rewarding. I get so much out of reading the letters I get from my child, describing his surroundings, talking about his dreams for the future and his family. The organization gives sponsors the opportunity to communicate directly with their child, and hosts trips to the child’s countries annually. The money contributed doesn’t all go into a vacuum, it goes directly to the child to help offset healthcare, food, nutrition, Bible study, and school fees and uniform costs. My first child is a teenager living in Uganda… the little boy I sponsored today is 4 and lives in Ghana. They are adorable; i’ll post pictures as soon as I can figure out how.
I’ve approached friends about sponsoring kids, and their reluctance to sponsor is understandable. It’s a committment not everyone is prepared for. I was also reluctant at first. But to put things in perspective, the amount of money it takes to sponsor one child costs less than most people spend on lunch in one week. Considering how far the $38 goes for each child, I can easily make the sacrifice and not buy those cute shoes at Ross, especially since I already have about 35 pairs of shoes. Just my thoughts….