Ways you can Help a Child through Compassion

As I sadly confessed,  we were forced to temporarily suspend our monthly support of a child through World Vision.  This is a decision that has weighed heavily on my heart.

So, I was quite thrilled to join the large network of bloggers who are Blogging for Compassion.  September is Compassion Blogging Month, and the goal is sponsorship for 3,108 children.   Three thousand little faces, not so very different from my boys.   We are fortunate to live in a country full of resources.  If our family ended up in poverty, I would have comfort in knowing that there are resources for my babies.  The families served by Compassion International don’t have that assurance.  There are no resources available to them.  Mothers are forced to watch as their babies starve.

This is not a worst case scenario.  This is their truth.

But we can help.  We, who spend more money on clothing than they make in a year.  We, who spend more on a nice meal out than they make in a month.  We, who spend as much on Satellite or Cable as they make in 2 months.

Don’t tune out on me! It is so easy to turn a blind eye to the need, when we’re sitting in comfort.  Or even when we’re stressed about finances ourselves.  But don’t do it!  I pray that if my babies were in a life or death situation, someone would step up to help them, and I know you’d want the same.  Jesus calls us to treat others as we’d want to be treated, and so many things in life come back to that.

Do you want to help?  You can.  Even if you don’t have an extra $30/month to sponsor a child, you can still help.

1. Sponsor a Child.
Okay, so I said you can help without sponsoring a child (and you can), but this is still the best way.  It’s $38/month.  (Ways to cut back $38/month—skip a nice meal out for the family, drop cable/satellite or lower your package, skip a few extras: clothing, cd’s videos, toys, etc.). They make it easy, and fun.  You can choose which child to sponsor, and form a relationship with that child through regular communication.

2. Pray for the children.
Go to this page, and click on search more children.  Tweek the age ranges to that of your own children.  It puts it in perspective when your mother’s heart can see that.   Pray for them.  Pray for those children, who are just as deserving of life and food and necessities as our own children.

3. Teach your children.
Go to this page with your children.  Teach them about children in other parts of the world.  Teach them about how God’s word calls us to help one another.  Teach them that those children are just like them, with real emotions and lives.

4. Pray that God will make a way for sponsorship
Go to the sponsor a child page, and pray.  If you can’t find a way to spare that $38, pray that God will make a way.  Pray that God will put it on someone else’s heart to sponsor a child.  Pray that God will reveal His will.  If it’s His will for you to sponsor a child, He will help you make it happen.

5. Share with your friends.
Even if you don’t feel led to sponsor a child, maybe  one of your friends does.  A quick post to share this link on facebook or twitter, might be the push someone needs to follow God’s prompting.  Will you share the opportunity today?

6. Make a Donation.
Do you have a heart to help, but aren’t sure about a monthly commitment?  Make a one-time donation.  You can even allocate where your money goes, so if you have a special heart for disaster relief or unsponsored children, you can donate to that.

7. Get Involved.
You can raise awareness through your business, church, or community.  Check it out here.

8. Join the network
If you’re a blogger, join Compassion Bloggers network, with a commitment to share the need with others.

I have had tears flowing today.  The need breaks my heart, so if this post seems forceful, it’s really just that pain coming through :(  I pray that some of you can help, through financial sponsorship or at least through a commitment to pray.

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