Thursday Thoughts: Child Sponsorship

I've known of Compassion International for almost a decade. Their slogan, "Relieving children from poverty in Jesus' name" was one that resonated with me from a young age. When I discovered that Compassion was inviting bloggers to participate in promoting the mission of their organization, I didn't hesitate in the least to sign up. When they declared September as "Blog Month" in a campaign to increase their child sponsorships, I took it upon mysef to ensure my followers know all about this amazing opportunity.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have an admission to make. While Chuck and I do participate in a child sponsorship program, it is not through Compassion International. Because Chuck works at the World Vision Distribution Center here in Pittsburgh, his employment tipped the scales in the direction of the World Vision Child Sponsorship program. However, through my time in Uganda, I got to meet with several people who were recipients of the Compassion Child Sponsorship program and will forever exalt the work that they're doing in developing nations.

One of my favorite Ugandans, my host nephew, Isaac.

So who were these people that so convicted me that Compassion is absolutely doing God's work in the lives of impoverished children? One was a Ugandan friend who I'll call "Sebastian." Sebastian was the oldest in a family of five. Because only one child per family can receive sponsorship through Compassion, Sebastian used his sponsorship to provide not only for himself, but for all his younger brothers and sisters. When he graduated from high school, his excellent grades and his ambition to educate his peers about safe sex practices in curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, lent him acceptance into Uganda Christian University. There was no way Sebastian's family could afford to send him to a private university, but Sebastian was able to attend through funding from Compassion. Working toward a law degree, Sebastian was relentless in setting himself up for a successful career in which he could continue to provide for his younger siblings. Sebastian was a selfless, passionate and inspiring man of God. What he has been able to achieve with those traits, was solely because of the compassion of Compassion.

I have a plethora of stories concerning my Ugandan acquaintances who were blessed by the Compassion International child sponsorship program and if you're interested in hearing them, I'd love to share with you! But for now, I'm cutting to the chase- there are two billion children in this world who suvive on less than $2 a day. There are two billion children who need you. Not a week, a month, or a year from now. These children need you and they need you now.

Through a Compassion Child Sponsorship, you can provide a child in need with food and clean water, medical care, educational opportunities and more! If you are considering sponsoring a child or have ever even momentarily thought about it, I have two words for you: DO IT! $38 a month is hardly a setback in our culture of wealth and affluence, but for one beautiful child, it can mean new life.

If you'd like to sponsor a child or learn more about child sponsorship, please click HERE.

If you feel you cannot or do not want to sponsor a child, I would ask that you would pray for these children in need. The impact of $38 a month can change a child's life. Prayer can change the lives of thousands more.

1 comment:

  1. I don't have the financial means to be able to sponsor a child monthly (at least in this fiscal year), but I will be praying for y'all! You, and the children.

    <3 <3