I have been a fan of Compassion International for over 25 years. Ever since I heard the Compassion message at a Petra concert in the early 80s I knew this was a group I could get behind. At that time I wanted to sponsor a child but I was a full time college student and couldn’t commit financially at the time. Then in 1991 I went on a missions trip with our church to the Dominican Republic and one of the other leaders on our trip, a single school teacher, got to meet the Compassion Child she had been sponsoring for years. Again I thought, I want to do that someday, but not right now I’m just getting started in my career and I’m still living at home with my parents and I should be saving my money. Later that year I got married, my boys were born in 1993 and 1995 and life continues on. Several times over the years we talked about wanting to sponsor a Compassion child but we always said, “When our finances are more stable”.
We have been married 21 years and our finances have never been this unstable. We have 2 kids in college and we have taken in a teenage girl from church. My husband hasn’t been paid in over 3 months but guess what? This month we will be committing to sponsor a Compassion child. I know in my heart that now is the time. When Aaron gets back from working out of town this week we will get together as a family and discuss if we want to sponsor a boy or a girl and what country we want them to be from. We will also decide how old we would like the child to be. This is a family project, a mission, where we can all give financial support and prayer support to a child who has even less than we do. With God’s help, we will be able to help give a child a better life and a better future.
This month Compassion International has set a goal of having 3,108 children sponsored through the work of the Compassion Bloggers Network. I am honored to be a part of that network and I have a 3 step call to action for you.
- Visit Compassion’s sponsor a child page and look around.
- Pray. Ask God to show you if this is the right time for you to step out and change the life of a child. If His answer is, “Yes!” Have your own family meeting and then come back here and move on to step 3. If His answer is, “Not now.” Please pray regularly for the Compassion International organization and all of the families they touch.
- Commit to sponsor a child or two!
Disclosure: I ask you do do these things through my links because, as much as I whole-heartedly believe in this organization, I am also in a little competition with other Compassion Bloggers to see who drives the most traffic to the site AND who brings in the most new sponsors. I am receiving a gift for this post but I would have written it even if I didn’t receive a thing. All opinions are 100% mine.