Happy Compassion Sunday, you guys! Meet my buddy, Rigo.
Rigo is a friend of mine from Honduras whom I have the privilege of sponsoring through Compassion International—a ministry that is dedicated to releasing children from poverty through their local church.
I was introduced to the Compassion ministry last June at a Beth Moore conference, and after coming home, I just really couldn’t shake the burning within me to get involved. It’s something I prayed about pretty intensely for a few weeks… I didn’t have a job at the time and had no idea how I could make it work. But I knew God was asking me to step out in faith, and I can tell you that HE has made it work.
The thing I love about Compassion is that it not only provides a way for you to meet a child’s financial needs, but their emotional and spiritual needs as well. I was so excited about sending my first letter and starting the process of actually getting to know Rigo and his family; I’ve hoped that I would be able to make a difference in this family by simply letting them know that they are loved and special. What I didn’t expect was the way they would impact MY life. While Rigo is only 5 and can’t write letters, he sends me some pretty awesome pictures that have seriously brightened some of my worst days. I received an unexpected letter from his mother a few months ago, and I cannot even begin to relay how inspired I am by her strength and faith– how blessed I am by her encouragement towards my life and future.
In 1952, Compassion started with 34 orphans in South Korea. Today, they have grown to serve more than 2 million children in 26 developing countries. Their official commitment is this:
- Christ Centered. Each child has an opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and to learn about God’s Word.
- Child Focused. Engaging each child as a complete person, we treat children with respect and dignity.
- Church Based. We work through local churches in developing countries to reach, teach, and mentor children.
- Committed to Integrity. We’re dedicated to delivering outstanding programs with complete integrity.
To learn more about Compassion and how you could make a difference, simply visit their website at: www.compassion.com
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can.”
– Edward Everett Hale
There are so many today who are without… Without food, without shelter, without medical care, without love, without hope, without Jesus. He considers them His prize… But how will they know if they aren’t told?
Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly…
And if you offer yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and your night will be like noonday.