Philanthropy Friday: Sponsoring A Child

August 6, 2010 in Giving

I love that saving more has increased my ability to help others.  One of the ways to make an impact on someone’s life is to sponsor a child in need.  I have been sponsoring a child through Compassion International for the past two years.  In June 2008, I went on a mission trip to Ngaamba, Kenya and visited the St. James ACK Ngaamba Child Development Center that my sponsor child attends.  The staff and the children there had amazing hope and joy that I rarely see in the United States, even though the typical family in Ngaamba lives on less than $200 a year.

When I returned home I called Compassion International and asked if I could sponsor a child in the center.  That’s how I started to sponsor Alex.  Alex is 10 years old and has been first in his class for the past two years.  He wants to be a pilot when he grows up, he loves to run and eat chapati (a Kenyan flatbread).  I received one of his letters this week and it reminded me of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to support this amazing child.  I can’t wait to meet him in person some day.

I’m not rich by most American’s standards, but I’ve been blessed with a home, a car, a job, clothes readily available food and water and so much more. Sometime’s it’s easy to forget how rich most of us really area

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Sponsoring a Compassion child is just one great example of the many ways to be rich in good deeds.  Have you ever thought about sponsoring a child living in poverty?

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