As Christians, we are called to live financially simple lives.
We are called to provide for our families.
And, we are called to provide for a world in need, to be the hands and feet of Jesus (or, in some cases, his wallet).
My husband and I were doing some “church hopping” back in November of last year.
We had a home church that we had been attending for the last four years on a regular basis, but felt that we had a strong enough foundation to branch out and see what else the Lord was doing in our town.
Note: We ended up back at our home church, although we are still going to try our young adult service :)
During this time, attending a new church each week, we weren’t regularly giving to God and I started to feel that tug on my heart and that missing piece of my worship start to well up inside of me.
I felt a strong call to give…but…to what (or whom)?
While listening to the national radio station, K-Love, I heard about the organization Compassion and the incredible good they were doing in the name of Jesus throughout the world.
I looked at the website and I was hooked.
When faced with the tough question of why Compassion focuses on individual child development rather than broader community development, Compassion responds:
We've discovered that changed circumstances rarely change people's lives, while changed people inevitably change their circumstances.
...Our primary focus is individual child development—an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the God-given value and potential of each individual child. Many of these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities.
I prayed about it and spoke to my husband (okay, rather, I begged for forgiveness after the fact) and chose to sponsor a child from
His name is Atsu. He’s five years old and has a mother and a father and a twin brother.
His father is a taxi moped driver (when he has work) and his mother sews (when she can find work).
Their monthly income is around $33.00.
Atsu loves marbles and singing and soccer and school.
For $38.00 a month, I get the amazing opportunity to not only provide education/school tuition, health care, food, and regular Christian training (opportunities to hear about Jesus) to Atsu; but I also get to say to his parents, who are unable to provide this for their own sons, “I got this. I care. This burden is not yours.”
It’s an amazing blessing to help in that way not only the child, but knowing that I am giving peace of mind to hardworking parents.
The most awesome thing I get to do (& as OFTEN as I like) is send stickers and flash cards and letters to Atsu to encourage him during his time in the Compassion program.
(and I LOVE to send letters)
And, I get letters back! J
I got my first letter last week and I am so, so excited to be apart of this little guy's life.
I discovered his favorite food is rice and that he loves the story of Jesus and that he wants to be a doctor, AND he drew me pictures!
He asked that I pray that he stays healthy (there is a huge malaria outbreak right now, and he is very young, which causes him to be at high-risk).
It is important, that regardless of our church affiliation that we literally “put our money where our mouth is.”
I want my son to look at how my husband and I spend our money and use that as a fundamental building block for how he spends his money.
I believe that giving and being generous are extremely important; especially financially, if able.
If you want to learn how you can sponsor a child in need, go to www.compassion.com. J
Or, talk to me about some of the details. I haven't been in the program very long...only a few months...but happy to share what I know thus far! (& of course, I'll be blogging along the way!)
Not to end on a completely cheesy note...but...it's like that bumper sticker says:
Live simply, so that others may simply live.