Last spring, Danny Oertli did a concert at our church that we attended…he’s a very gifted musician with an incredible testimony (and I blogged about him here). He also happens to be heavily involved in Compassion International, the child sponsorship program. At his show, you could choose a child to sponsor…Matt and I discussed it, and then never did. We support local charities, and tithe, and that felt like enough at the time.
If you read some of the bigger blogs around the web, you might have read this week about the bloggers’ Compassion International mission trip that happened. I read a couple of the blogs regularly (specifically, I never miss a post on Confessions of a Pioneer Woman), so I saw several posts about their trip. And when I read this post by Marlboro Man (husband to Ree, aka Pioneer Woman) I knew I had to have Matt read it. Go read it now. It’s okay, I’ll wait.
You’re back? Good. Powerful, wasn’t it? After Matt read it, he was as convinced as I was that it was time to do this.
So I started looking around the Compassion website, and realized that you can search very specifically for a child to sponsor. Just for fun, I typed in Luke’s birthday and found a boy with the exact same birthday and year…and two of his favorite activities are baseball and art. Could there be a better fit for my little guy? I put in the other two boys’ birthdays and there were none for Bennett’s, and only older kids for Jack Henry’s date. So I made up my mind: Jeremy from the Dominican Republic it is.
Matt and I think this is going to be an awesome way to teach our kids about how to serve others, and to help them gain some perspective on how incredibly blessed they are to live where they do. And that they’ll be able to share who Jesus is with a child thousands of miles away is pretty awesome. We purposely chose a child that’s near their ages so that they can relate to him better. And, remember how I bought the boys the 4-chambered banks to divide up their money? One of those sections is “donate” and I talked to the boys today about using some of that money to help support Jeremy, and they were all for it.
I’m not posting about this to pat ourselves on the back…but in case you’ve been thinking about something like this, maybe reading about it will help move you towards sponsorship! There are thousands of kids waiting to be sponsored through Compassion.
If you sponsor a child already, will you leave a comment and let me know how long you’ve been doing it, and what your experience has been? Or, if this has made you want to sponsor a child yourself, I’d love to know about it!