When I was growing up as a little girl, I would always see videos and images of children around the world who were in poverty, and it would break my heart. I couldn’t stand the sight of looking at those fragile bodies suffering from lack of proper nutrition, food, and clothing. My heart literally cried out from within, wishing that I could help them all. I told myself that when I got old enough and able, I was going to sponsor a child.
For years, I was a skeptic about doing it. I had heard that those kinds of programs were a scam. And so I worried about someone stealing from me. I even worried about what my family would say if they knew I had decided to sponsor a child from another country. After my daughter died back in the year 2004, I was standing in front of the television in my living room when another World Vision commercial had come on.
Once again, my heart couldn’t take it. So I immediately picked up my phone and became a child sponsor.
Finally, I had peace, and I was happy to know that I was contributing to making another child’s life brighter. I had children of my own at the time. I couldn’t imagine if it were my own children being in such predicaments.
To make a long story short, my first child sponsored was a boy. Then I came into some hardships financially and had to stop sponsoring him. When I was able to do it again, I went back for him, but he had already had a new sponsor. So, I gained a new sponsored child; a girl.
I came into some financial hardships again and had to stop sponsoring her. It broke my heart to have to give up sponsoring children for a while. I prayed unto God and said that there had to be something I could do. There had to be another way.
While on the internet one day, in my search for another way, I came across the words, “Blog for children in poverty.” At first, I was like, that can be done, really? I had never heard of such a thing. So I decided to dig a little deeper to see just what was required.
Without hesitation, I signed up and became a blogger for children in poverty with Compassion International. I figured that if I was not financially able to sponsor children as my heart desired, I could raise awareness of their need to be sponsored until I am able to sponsor a child again. Here’s a little excerpt from my Become a Compassion Blogger’s Page.
I feel so privileged to take part in such a great cause. Our children are our next generation. They are the ones we will be passing the baton of the Kingdom to. Wherever they are, whether in Africa, Asia, Latin America, God desires to use them for His kingdom. I remember growing up, not having everything I wanted. But never was I in any situation as some of the children who are in other countries.
Over the years I have realized that we, here in America, are blessed more than we realize. We have so many resources that we can use to bless the life of someone else. Why not become a sponsor to give another child life and hope? Would you miss the money once it’s gone? If you kept it, what would you spend it on? I have been a witness (having done it myself) to people having money and blowing it on things they didn’t even need. They spend it because they have it. But why not save it and use it for a good cause? Why not give to a child in need?
Are you a blogger? If not sponsoring a child, how about joining the Compassion Bloggers team. We would love to have you. Think about it. Pray about it.