If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that the work of Compassion has become very important to me. My family and I sponsor 2 children and I am a correspondent sponsor to 13 more kids from all over the world. I have been a sponsor since 2008, and advocate since 2013 and last year I traveled to Tanzania to meet my sponsored child, Mwajuma. You may say, “So that’s great for you, but why should I sponsor a child?” If I had to boil it down, I would give you these 5 reasons.
- God’s word is VERY clear about our response to the poor & hurting.
There are over 2,000 verses in the Bible that deal with poverty, injustice, and what our response should be. Just a few of them…..
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me…” MATTHEW 25:35-36 (NIV)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” PROVERBS 31:8 (NIV)
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” PSALM 82:3 (NIV)
We can not say we believe God’s word and then ignore His commands regarding the poor.
- Sponsorship gives me a much needed dose of perspective
Before I sponsored a child if you were to ask me if I was rich, I might have scoffed in your face. No way! I’m NOT rich. I would not have claimed to be poor, but I certainly did not think I was rich. The problem with that thinking though is that I was comparing myself to the people around me. I live near Indianapolis and I could drive you past many affluent neighborhoods to demonstrate just how “not rich” I was in comparison. However compared to the 7 billion people on this planet (and I believe that’s how God sees it) I am downright loaded. Consider this:
If you made $1500 last year, you’re in the top 20% of the world’s income earners.
If you earn $25,000 or more annually, you are in the top 10% of the world’s income-earners.***
If you earn more than $50,000 annually, you are in the top 1% of the world’s income earners (Source: MSN Money)
There’s no other way to put it….we are rich. Sponsoring a child has given me and my children a more Godly perspective on money and possessions.
- Sponsorship has connected me and my kids to other parts of the world
I can’t tell you how fun it is to learn more about our children’s traditions and customs. We gain a new understanding of different parts of the world. We also get to share our traditions with them. My kids learn about a world that is so much more than just their little corner of it.
- Sponsorship connects me with God’s church around the world.
Each Compassion project is facilitated through a local church. When I give my sponsorship money, I am partnering with God’s family. I get the incredible privilege of working together with His church all over the world as they do this work in Jesus’ name. These center and church staff are the true heroes of Compassion in my opinion. They are the ones getting their hands dirty; working constantly to serve, meet needs and share the truth of the gospel to these children, their families, and their communities.
- I get the privilege of speaking truth into a child’s life.
I believe the most important component of sponsorship is the letters. Yes, the money is of great worth. It is used to provide much needed services, but the letters I write can be used by God to change a life. Poverty will lie to kids. It will tell them that life is hopeless and that they are worthless . God can use words of encouragement and Bible verses that I’ve written to remind my child that they are of great worth, that they have value and there is hope.
Bonus reason #6. It moves me from agreement to action
For years my husband and I both agreed that child sponsorship was a good thing and that we should do it someday. Someday. After these bills were paid…when we were making a little more money…someday. In 2008, God got my attention and someday became NOW. It’s all to easy to agree that something is a good idea and not ever act on it. Social media begs us to click “like”, to retweet, or to “share” a post. We do these things and feel like we’re making a difference. They have a word for that…slacktivism. “Liking” something never fed a hungry child. Agreeing with a principle never treated an illness. “Someday” doesn’t accomplish God’s purpose. It’s time for “Now”.
Sponsorship costs $38/month. I currently have 14 child sponsorship packets of kids who are waiting for a sponsor. If you want to move from someday to now send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to introduce you to one of these beautiful kids.