I know you probably don’t want to look at that page. I have to warn you, it might break your heart a little–or a lot.
The first time I made the decision was in person. I didn’t have the advantage of clicking away, or closing the browser. At church, when their faces confronted me in the narthex it was the personal invitation God had been preparing me to receive.
I couldn’t say no.
I was ready to say, yes.
Can I be honest with you for a minute? It took nearly two years from the time I first really started to follow Compassion until the time we decided to sponsor a child. There’s a natural emotional response that happens to most people when you view images of people (children in particular) suffering under the weight of poverty. You’re likely going to do one of two things:
- sympathize but remain emotionally detached from the situation
- or, you’re going to figure out a way to get involved.
For years, my response was the first. I felt bad about it, and it was heartbreaking, but that’s where my commitment stopped. I was only willing to feel sorry for them, not help them.
You can ignore it, file it away and pretend you never heard the truth.
Or you can act.
You might not be ready to act. That’s ok. I wasn’t either at first. It took another year before we finally made the decision.
What I’m asking is, that you just go take a look. Pray over them. Pray that if this is the time for you to act, that God would prompt you. Pray that they would all find compassionate sponsors who want to love them and build a relationship with them–because that’s what this is about, really–relationship building.
It’s not just about the money, or the food, or the education. You knew that right?
This is about reaching your hands across the globe into some dirt floored shack and grabbing the hand of a child in need and squeezing it just enough to let them know you care–that you see them.
This is about writing encouragement and sealing it with prayer and waiting the three (sometimes more) months to hear back from your child. Because that child is taping your letters to their wall. That child is reading your words again and again and God can use you to be his face on earth, to be his hands and feet and heart for a child who lives each day on the edge.
And if you can’t make a decision about which one–I’ll tell you what I told my friend, “They all need a sponsor, so anyone you choose will be right”.
September is Blog Month at Compassion. This post is part of a weekly series through the month of September. As an Advocate for Compassion International, it is my hope and prayer that you’ll join me in sharing the mission of Compassion which is, to set children free from poverty In Jesus’ name.The goal this month is to have 3108 children sponsored. Isn’t that exciting?
If you have any questions regarding child Sponsorship or Compassion International, feel free to email me or drop me a note in the comments section of this post.