Back when Sophie and Shannon went to Ugunda with Compassion Ministries, I avidly followed their blog posts about their trip. I don’t remember exactly when I knew I wanted to sponsor a child, but I know I was convinced by seeing these two women that I’ve grown to respect over the past couple years interacting with children who are benefiting from the Compassion sponsorship program.
I don’t know about you, but I am always a bit skeptical about relief organizations. I mean, how can I know that my money is going to needy children and not to pad the pockets of those running the program? I hate to admit that I’m jaded like that, but them’s the facts. After reading about Sophie and Shannon’s experience and how impressed they were with the organization, I was confident about signing up to sponsor a child. I felt like it was a small but tangible way I could make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate than myself.
If you’re wondering what Compassion is all about, here’s the low-down. Compassion International ministers to
over a million children in 25 of the world’s poorest countries through
its Child Development Sponsorship Program. With the support of sponsors, Compassion
is reaching through the hands of local churches to release children
from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.
International invented child sponsorship, and it has proven to be a
successful child development strategy. This ministry hinges upon the
relationship between one sponsor and one child. That relationship goes
both ways. Sponsors correspond with their sponsored children and
support Compassion’s ministry to children for $32 (USD) every month.
Sponsors also receive letters from their sponsored children, watching
them grow toward physical and spiritual maturity. Sponsorship is a
relationship that transforms both sponsors and children.
International is growing, moving into new countries, and expanding the reach of its ministry to
children in many others. Every child Compassion ministers to needs a
sponsor, and at the moment there are thousands who do not have one. Many
of these have been waiting for a sponsor for over six months. These
children need words of encouragement, and Compassion needs the cost of
their care sponsored so that the ministry can continue to expand.
I am one of the 256 bloggers who has signed up to receive monthly blog assignments from CompassionBloggers.com. This month I want to share about a 10-year-old little boy named Samaul. Samaul lives in Ugunda. He has 8 brothers and sisters. He likes to play football. In many ways, he is a little boy just like mine. But Samaul lives in a straw hut with a dirt floor. He usually gets one meal a day. My $32 a month helps him have food and clothes and schooling.
Sponsoring Samaul is a family activity for us. He is 10-years-old, and my 8-year-old son’s name is actually listed as the official sponsor. Samaul and D exchange letters regularly. This has been a great way for D to expand his sheltered little world. And more importantly, there is one less child in Ugunda tonight wondering where his next meal is coming from.
Sponsorship is a blessing for the sponsor and the sponsored. If you’re interested and don’t know where to start, these children have been waiting the longest. If you want to know more before you commit, take some time to peruse Compassion’s blog for an inside look at their ministry and their people around the world.
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Never underestimate the power of one. Maybe you can’t change the world, but you can change the life of a child.