I have sat down to write this blog post a half-dozen times! There are so many ways to write about Compassion International. They have done so much for so many people. Because of them and sponsoring and writing children, Compassion has change my life completely. They are the “hands and feet” of Jesus.
If you want to find out more of my journey with Compassion, you can view my other post, My Compassion International Journey.
I sponsor and support Compassion’s work because of their approach and great testimony in helping children out of poverty. Essentially, they strive to change the future outcome of every sponsored child. The best I can say is that Compassion International is selfless and proactive. They take action to help the destitute and orphans; the poor and needy. I am so impressed by the way they help others.
“…For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me…” ~ Matthew 25:35-36
Compassion mirrors many of the fundamental principles that Christ lived by, on earth. He healed many and showed compassion to the poor, gave food, and took time to know the poor and needy.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy…” ~ Proverbs 31:8-9
Compassion focuses on many aspects of the children’s lives.
“Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Our ministry to children is twofold: We work through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. And we speak out for children in poverty – informing, motivating and equipping others to become advocates for children.” ~ source
I am proud to be a Compassion sponsor and write about their ever-growing ministry. They want to lead as many people to Christ as they can. It starts with the least of these.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” ~ Matthew 25:40
Compassion relies on the letters sent back and forth between a child and sponsor to encourage the child. Each sponsor has the unique opportunity to build a relationship with the child, where prayers and thoughts are exchanged. The children are very encouraged and uplifted when they know their sponsor has taken time to write to them and share their heart and life with them.
I have the pleasure of sponsoring a child, and for eight years he has been a little light that I can pray for and encourage. I hope to keep sponsoring him for a long time to come. It has been a wonderful opportunity to write and receive prayer requests. I continually learn about his family needs and how his dad is sick and needs a lot of prayer. Through it all, I am encouraged to find that he is very trusting in God and he always prays for me and my family and that God will watch over me. I am honored. His life is filled with struggles but he still prays for me.
I read a letter a few weeks ago. My little guy has been taking my picture everywhere and he has been so encouraged by my letters. He also asked for more pictures so he can always have me with him. I was humbled and in tears when I read this. I sometimes complain about the trivial things in my life. I am glad I have this child to take example of. To be happy about the little things in life and trust God for the rest.
Compassion encourages prayer and thoughtful interaction through letters to help the children grow. As a writer, this is an enjoyable task. The letters are a large part of the children’s lives. I am just one of a great body of believers that spreads God’s love and grace to these little ones. Compassion has effectively been a way to bring the global church together under the banner of Jesus Christ to help others around us.
Because writing letters back and forth is so important Compassion also has a correspondents’ program which allows others to write in place of the financial sponsor, when needed. Sometimes, for one reason or another, the financial sponsor can’t write to the child. This is where correspondent writers come to play. When I first heard about this program I signed up. This is what I like to do. Be an encouragment to those that need it.
Being an encouragement, a friend, to these kids is our way of helping them seek out Christ. I am thankful to be a part of this large network of believers; to be that little “miracle” to the children I sponsor and write to.
I encourage you to get involved as well. Please take time to sponsor a child today!
“Seeing what compassion does around the world, to me, is such a God ordained ministry. It’s a commission to the body of Christ to go out and be the love, love in action, and that’s why I am a sponsor.” ~ Nick Vujicic