A few years ago I started reading about a ministry called Compassion International. And I dismissed it.
I had seen the ads on television for child sponsorship programs before. You know, the ones with a tearful celebrity begging you to give up one cup of coffee every day so a child could eat. Not that I don’t think those programs are wonderful, but I was just desensitized to the weepy pitch. So when blog post after blog post began popping up about Compassion, my first reaction was to ignore them.
I hate jumping on bandwagons and this seemed like an online Christian bandwagon. I’m revealing a bit of evidence of my sad, stubborn little heart to you all today…
After the Compassion bloggers went to India, though, I began to take notice of this organization a little more. I was impressed by several things -first, Compassion is serious about meeting the needs of children. Sponsorship money goes to the child and is used honestly and wisely and lovingly to make sure that children living in poverty are given hope for the future.
Second, the hearts behind those involved with Compassion are so humble, tender and filled with love. Compassion has a purpose to “release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” They take this purpose seriously and it really made an impression on me.
Finally, I couldn’t help but be impressed by how well this ministry utilized social media for the greater good of humanity. I’m not sure you’ll find another organization that is better utilizing social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and blogging to bring hope, healing, faith and love to the most remote areas of the world. I’m seriously amazed by what they do.
So, I finally got over my silly pride and we sponsored a child from the Philippines named Jonri, and what a blessing it has been. The kids LOVE to get letters from Jonri and to draw pictures in return. Admittedly we have not done a good job of consistently writing him and we are working on communicating with him more. But it has blessed our family to know that Jonri is being loved and cared for and he is definately prayed for.
This week, Compassion has another group of lovely bloggers touring none other than the Philippines and the stories coming out of the country are beautiful and moving. You will be blessed to follow their journey. And if you feel led to sponsor a child, you can rest assured your money is not squandered or wasted. It is well spent and you will be impacting a child’s life forever.
That’s a bandwagon that’s totally worth jumping on, in my opinion.