Saturday, April 21, 2012

Compassion--Making a Difference in a Child's Life

Tomorrow is Compassion Sunday--A national event that draws the attention of the Church to the needs of the world's poorest children. 

Several years ago at church camp my sister and I decided to sponsor a little boy from Kenya, Africa through Compassion International. Compassion is a "Christian organization that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults".  

Each month we give money to allow him to attend school, learn about Christ's love for him through church and Sunday school, and allow him and his family to have a balanced diet. We also exchange letters with him a few times a year and receive information on how he is performing in school.

When we send our Christmas gift each year, I had always assumed that the organization bought toys and clothes for him.  However we got a letter from him thanking us for his gift one year. Here is what he said: " Thank you for the Christmas gift. God bless you a lot."  Then listed was what he received with our money: mugs for drinking, baking flour, maize flour, rice, cooking fat, and tea packets.

Wow..this letter really showed me how much of a difference we are making in his life! He was so happy and thankful for getting cooking items for Christmas!  

Acts 20:35--..."Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive."

If you would like more information on this organization or would like to sponsor a child, check out their website Here.

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