On this blog I’ve shared a bit about my past, where I come from and my long journey to wholeness. I no longer want to be “just healing” from the injustices, but also now offer my own story back, to make it count for something good and lasting. The first way I am seeking to make it all count is to be intentional in the everyday. In how I relate and interact with my family and in the community in which I live. I want to live day-to-day in a way that others see hope.
I’ve also shared about child sponsorship through Compassion International. Family and personal ministry is another avenue I pursue offering the hope of Christ to others. Today I’d like to put into words just why I sponsor children through Compassion International.
About 20 years ago I became a sponsor for the first time to Edgar in Guatemala. Through work related travel in 1998 I was able to meet Edgar, visit his home. I met his mother & siblings. Edgar has since grown and graduated from the program. Now we sponsor a few more children and lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to why do I sponsor.
Poverty is the lack of enough. Hunger, lack of shelter and medical care leads to desperation, and desperate people do deplorable things, things like drug abuse, prostitution, child abuse, domestic abuse and even the selling of children. Children always pay the highest price for the brokenness in this world.
Being healed and set free as I have been, I know that I cannot waste what I have gained through the healing and freedom given me.
Lifting Burdens, Providing Prevention
I believe a burden is lifted from the shoulders of fathers and mothers as my family sponsors children. By sponsoring these children, we offer them the tangible benefits of food, clothing, medical care and education. And we offer them the intangible benefits of knowledge of God & the gift of salvation He offers us through Jesus. We offer them hope, and the knowledge that each one of them is beautiful, precious and very loved. This trickles home to the parents, even flows like refreshing quiet waters to a family dry and aching from the dust bowl of poverty.
So by sponsoring these children other burdens are lifted and further protections are ensured. By sponsoring a child, a father is helped with the weight of providing for all the needs of his family. Parents are mentored and encouraged to love their children, to treasure their children. During my recent trip to El Salvador I learned that families in one particular sponsorship program attend marriage conferences. Whole communities are able to see the value of the children and experience less of the dark effects of poverty.
Poverty of the child, of the family and of the community is lessened as each child is sponsored, and raised with value, love, and enough.
It is with the hope that each child is protected, educated and grows with a knowledge of his or her precious value that I sponsor children with my family. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. I have a hope that each child can grow with a whole, strong, unshattered heart.
This is why I sponsor children and why I advocate for children.
Will you join me? Click here and consider sponsoring a child today.
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