It is always interesting, the things that stick in a person’s mind, roll around and make pathways of change in a person’s thinking.
In September 2015 I traveled with a group of women to El Salvador to see the ministry of Compassion International, in action. This wasn’t my first international trip, it wasn’t my first time to meet our Compassion sponsored children. But still, this trip, the people I met, the words I heard, have created pathways of change in my thinking.
Who is Compassion International?
Compassion International is a child advocate ministry.
Every project of Compassion is in partnership with a local church, who is already doing the work of caring for children in their community.
Why work with the local church?
This is something that I truly love about Compassion International. By working with indigenous pastors and the local church, people are reached right where they are. In their language, within the context of their own culture. Local pastors know the people in their communities, and know their needs. By coming alongside the local church, it is strengthened, but not changed.
Pathways of Change
Since returning from El Salvador that September in 2015, I found myself very restless. As my youngest children are all older teens, some of my time has become freer. I spent some time volunteering in a mail room for Compassion, as the headquarters is near my town. Still the restless feeling persisted. I kept thinking about one of the woman I met during that trip, and the work she did. Mercedes is a tutor, a mentor and probably wears many other hats at a child development center (Compassion Center) She is known to go out and find children who have been absent from attendence, or children she has heard about who have needs.
Those memories and the restless feeling I experienced ushered changes in my life. Being a child sponsor has taught me so much about the world outside my little piece of earth, and traveling to visit Compassion children and the people who work with them has changed my life. I now work with at risk mothers and babies in my own community. I feel like the biggest change happens in each person’s life when we let down our guard and expectations, and see what is really going on in the world. There is a great big mission field all over the world, far away, and right here in our neighborhood.
If you are currently a Compassion child sponsor, I encourage you to consider traveling to meet your child if possible. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back!
If you are interested in starting the Child Sponsorship adventure, click here to see children who are waiting for a sponsor. While changing life for a child, you may find your the one with the biggest change.
And I’d love to hear from you, in the comments or by email. How has sponsoring children, or working in another ministry changed your life?