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Can We Do It? You KNOW it!

Welcome to September Sponsor a Child Month.
My goal is to have as many Compassion children sponsored as possible and I don’t mean myself taking on a bunch more either.

The goal is 3,108 by the end of the month!

Impossible for me to do all by myself.  But, what if I had some help?

What if everyone I know will sponsor one child…how many would that be?

What if everyone who has one child, takes on a second child? How many would that be?

What if YOU took on one or one more child?  Let’s go have a look and see if anyone catches your eye!

You just can’t afford another child?  Can you pray for some to be sponsored? Go here and choose some children to pray for.

Perhaps you would like to go here and use this as a resource to teach your children about how blessed they are?

Would you pray generally for children to be sponsored?

Another way you could help, is to pass this blog onto your friends, maybe one or more of them would be interested in sponsoring a child, or with passing this on to another of their friends.

Pass the word; it all helps!

Do you have a blog? Can you help pass the word that way?  Join the network!

Did you know that if you sponsor a child with Compassion that the child benefits in huge ways? I wonder if you realize how huge the benefit is actually going to be to the sponsor?

This is life changing for the child, yes, but it is beyond life changing for the sponsor.

If you have not tried it before, I challenge you to find out.  I guarantee you will be unexpectedly filled with joy like nothing you have felt before.

So, what will it be?

Choose a child?

Pray for a child?

Teach a child?

Pass on to your friends?

Blog about this?

One Can Make a Difference!

As I was sitting and thinking what I could buy with $1.25 I wondered if I could buy an apple for that, or even two.  I know if I wanted to buy a treat for one of my grandchildren, it would be hard to find something, other than candy, that would be affordable.

Then came the challenge of making a nutritious meal for $1.25.  Could I do that? I don’t know!  That would be something to work at and I think it would be difficult, but what if I had to make this meal for more than just me?  What if I had to make it for my whole family? What if I had three or four children depending on me.  Goodness, what would I prepare for $1.25.  Now, what if I want to eat more than once a day?  What options do I have now?  Hmmmm.

I could probably handle this for a day or two, eating one small meal, but what if I had to do it day after day, week after week, year after year.  What if something ‘extra’ came along that I or one of the children needed? How would I afford it? What if one of the children became sick.  What if I became sick and couldn’t work?  Who would help me or my children?  Would we be discarded and thrown away hungry and dying?

 

There is help.  You can help.  I can help!  Together we can make a difference.

 

What is 58?

 

58: is an unprecedented global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.

Here is an interesting game you might enjoy.  http://www.live58.org/survive125/ .  Get your family and your friends to try this game.  It might be a surprise to you and to them to realize how hard some of the poor will work and how little they will get for their efforts.  Certainly we wouldn’t do such work for such pay!

 

What did it make you think? Did it make you feel anything?  Did it make you want to help?

An interesting video you might find gives you hope.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uZV90fsoCY&utm_source=58%3A+Member+List&utm_campaign=ebbfc5fe3e-May_prayer_requests5_23_2012&utm_medium=email

 

Please, won’t you join in the fight against poverty, in the battle against old thinking and beliefs that we can’t make a difference?

 

We can!

 

We will!

Inside Tanzania

It’s time to see what it is really like for the people who live in Tanzania.

This virtual tour will show you some really neat things that you maybe never thought about before, or perhaps you have watched Amazing Race and have seen a peek at the land and people of Tanzania already.

Sometimes you wonder what you will encounter when you enter into a new country, or a new experience.

Sometimes you wonder if you will be accepted and really get to know the citizens or if they will just be polite to you.  Or business-like.

Sometimes you have lots of ideas but have no idea how to make them happen.

Let’s go see what is happening today on the tour to Tanzania.

What can we learn from a 15 year old boy, a 15 year old Tanzanian boy on the other side of the world?

Are you comparing to the boys who live in your neighborhood?  That might not be the best idea if you are expecting to be able to figure this out without reading!

Follow me on this link for a fun, informative and surprising glimpse into the life and love of a 15 year old Tanzanian young man.  A young man who can decorate and teach adults what is truly important in life.

Decorating Truths

If you have a teenage boy or would like to have one, go to this link and find one to sponsor.  You won’t be sorry!

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

What if?

Have you ever thought about different things that happen in the world and how we are rather insignificant as far as world events are concerned.

We are too far away.

It’s too complicated.

Too hard.

Too much money needed.

We can’t change anything.

Can’t improve anything.

Can’t help anything.

At least not in a big way!

I know that is wrong!  I know that even though I am only one person, very insignificant as far as the world is concerned, I know I can make a difference, if I will only try.

That is the key, ‘if only I will try’.

I am not famous, wealthy nor from an influential family, so I don’t have much leverage to change anything on a world wide level, but, what if I invested just a small amount of money each month, into something or someone that might be able to change the world?

What if I only changed the world a teeny, tiny, bit?

Is parenting important?

Does it matter how I raise my child/children?

Is it possible our child can grow to be a great leader?  Every great leader has parents? Why not me?

OK, everyone wants to help their own children, we do that automatically and without a second thought of the cost each month until it comes time for university or something like that; then we notice the cost a bit more.

What about that child on the other side of the world that is slowly dying of hunger, or from a disease caused by unclean water or a mosquito bite?

What if I invested a small sum each month and helped a child to not just survive, but to dream, to be educated and to work hard, and to accomplish something his or her parents were never able to?

Time to dream….

What if this helps create a powerful, great leader of some country that I have never been to?

What if this powerful leader is then able to invest in their country in a way that makes the country a better place to live, a place where there are no starving children, where poverty is rare, rather than normal. (Like where I live now.)

What if this child grows up to be the one who saves hundreds of lives by inventing a life saving cure for some awful disease.

What if this saves the life of my child or my grandchild or me?

What if I never helped this child that can change the world into a better place?

It’s true, there is no way to know which one is “the one” when we choose a child to help.  Just as we don’t know if our own children will be ‘the one’.

What if the child you choose grows up to be a responsible, healthy, educated adult and leads a productive life and teaches his or her family these same lessons, thus breaking this cycle of destruction?

What if the child helps a village, and not a whole country?

What if the child helps save the life of others in poverty, by helping others who are still stuck in the cycle of death?

Would it be enough to know this child grew into a loving, caring adult that is an asset to their community and a person who loves the Lord?

What would it take to commit to a child on the other side of the world,  the promise of a future, of life and of success?

Would you give up one evening out to supper?

Would you give up your gourmet coffee?

What would it be?

Who would be the winner?

Would it be the child?

Would it be you?

I have done this.  I have helped a child.  I do help a child.  It’s small and insignificant on the world event page, but, it’s the world to me.

Who has it helped the most?

ME!     ME!    ME!

I am the one who has gained the most.

Won’t you treat yourself to a blessing that is way beyond your imagination?

Click below and choose a child today!

Canada         USA

Waiting…

Think back for a minute, for a time when you had to wait, maybe at the grocery checkout, or at the bank, or a busy day in traffic.  What about the lineups to buy merchandise during the busy seasons like Christmas.  Have you waited for an appointment?  Do you remember a time when you had to wait for a whole week?  Do you remember waiting for your birthday or for Christmas to hurry up and come? Your grad?  Your wedding?  Your first child? Payday?  Sometimes it took forever for the special day to arrive.

Do you think waiting takes longer for children than adults?

Does it depend on what you are waiting for?

Let’s say you’re a child growing up in poverty.  A church nearby your home announces that they have partnered with Compassion and because of this partnership, if you are registered in the program, you will receive benefits that were never before available to you.

Benefits like:

  • educational opportunities
  • health care and health-related instruction
  • nutrition
  • life-skills training

And opportunities to hear about and respond to the gospel.

It’s all very exciting so your parents take you and register you at the local church. The church volunteers gather information about you and your family and take your picture. You’re officially registered!

You now have all the financial benefits of this program but there’s more! You are going to be connected to one sponsor. You just have to wait for someone to sponsor you.

And for some children, they wait and wait and wait…

What is that child feeling once they are registered and know their picture is going to be sent out all over the world and a sponsor is going to choose them?

Are they a little bit scared of the unknown?

Are they excited to find out who will choose them?

Does a week feel like a month?

What about when some of their friends start to get chosen?

Do they begin to anticipate their own new sponsor must be very close now?

What happens three months later and they are still not chosen?

Do they begin to worry just a little bit?

What about six months later?

What are they waiting for now?

They are waiting for the love of a sponsor.

How long will they wait before they start to feel like maybe they won’t get a sponsor after all?

Every country you go to, the symbol of love is a heart.

Check out all the hearts in the address below.  Each heart represents one child that has waited 180 day or more.

Often more.

Some are a whole year!

Imagine how that child feels!

What is your heart telling you?

http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/default.htm?referer=123601

Just Do It!

As I ponder what will be the best way to start this blog, I find myself going over so many ideas that I get myself more confused than ever. I think the best idea that popped into my head was to “just do it”. I keep putting off getting started, waiting for the perfect first entry, so I accomplish nothing! Guess what, this post is going to be long gone one day and no one will remember what it even said. So, I will “just do it” and let it happen.

My blogs are mostly going to be about the ‘poor’ children of the world, many will be about the poor children of the world that are a part of my life. We sponsor children through Compassion Canada, I will introduce you to them and I will try to show you a few things you maybe didn’t know about the poor.

Did you know that you can fight back and win over poverty? Did you know it can start with a child who has been partnered with by you? These are some of the stories I want to share with you.

Do you know what the opposite of poverty is? Is it wealth? NO. It is not. The opposite of poverty is ENOUGH! You knew that already, right? I didn’t the first time I was asked, but upon thinking about it, I see that it is true.

Did you know that the poor is constant theme throughout the Old and the New Testaments. That “the poor” is something the Bible emphasizes as something we are responsible for? That we are expected and able to help? Do you know it’s not a request? It’s expected of us?

In a sermon, just this past Sunday, I heard this question. “How much of what God has made us able for….do you want?” I know I am “able for” much more than I do. What about you? Are you able to do more?

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