Release 3

One of the paradoxes of parenthood, I think, is that it can be really self-focused. Everything becomes about our own family unit, how we feel, if our needs are met, and if we are the most comfortable we could possibly be. This is a paradox because it is pretty much the opposite of what Christ called us to do. But it is also a good thing to love and invest in your family. Without serious intentions for being mindful of others, we would never choose to endure hardship or challenges. And we especially wouldn’t set up our children for that kind of discomfort. As a  mom I am more than ready to be on the defense for my kids without giving outsiders a listening ear or the benefit of the doubt. A prime example would be when Bear got punched.

But when we open ourselves, our homes, and our families up to the world we may be inviting in challenges, but this is where the Lord often blesses. He blesses with the opportunity to be used by him outside of our homes. To see how he is working in our communities. To perform a sanctifying work in our lives and hearts. And to draw our children to himself.

When the Dude and I started our family (over 7 years ago!) we were in awe of how God multiplied the love in our home when Monkey came along. It wasn’t like we had to take love from each other to give it to her, the love just increased. And then we thought, if we have enough love and resources for another human in our home, then God could provide unlimited love and resources. {Seems like a concept I would have learned in my elementary Sunday school class, but concrete lessons tend to make a bigger impact.} So we began to think of ways we could use these resources (without immediately having another child).

I’m not exactly sure how we came across Compassion International, but it seemed like an excellent fit for us at this time when we were experiencing the abundance of God’s love through the birth of our first child.

We had the ability to provide for her, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But we realized that this is not the case for millions of parents across the world. So many of them look to Compassion to fill in the gap for their children.

Before we signed off on sponsoring a child, the Dude asked some important questions.

What is the focus of CI? Compassion teaches the life-changing gospel of Christ to every child in a culturally relevant and age-appropriate way. Christ-Centered and gospel oriented is what we were looking for, so this seemed to be a really good match.

How much of our money actually goes to the child in need? Of the total money given to CI in 2012-2013 about 80% went to the child development program with the remaining 20% spent on sponsor ministries, administration, and fundraising. You can find more financial information HERE.

 

Once we had all of our questions answered it was easy to start or partnership. We simply called CI and asked to sponsor a child. After a 10 minute phone conversation we were all set. We received a membership packet a few weeks later with information about our friend, Islary and her country. After over 6 years of sponsoring Islary, she is getting closer to graduating high school and I feel like I have gotten to watch her grow from a little girl to a young lady. I truly feel like she is my friend, and I look forward to every letter I receive from her.

We were so blessed by Islary and Compassion that we decided to sponsor another child when Bear was born. And then we had the idea to sponsor one Compassion child for every child that God brought into our home. And now that the kids are getting older they are able to participate in communicating with and praying for their friend that came into our lives when they were born. This serves to teach our kids that life happens outside the four walls of our home, and to focus on loving others and being mission minded from an early age.

A few weeks ago I received a letter from Compassion asking me to help them by taking the month of October to find sponsors to release three kids from poverty in the name of Jesus. I gladly accepted, knowing how blessed I have been through this ministry and the lives of these kids.

So if you are looking for a way to bring the world a little closer to your family, I would encourage you to consider compassion international. Pray about this opportunity to serve a child in need, and to bless parents who don’t have the means to care for their own children without help from organizations like compassion.

So let me introduce you to the children that I am praying for and seeking sponsorship for this month!

Victor from Indonesia {age 13}

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Victor lives with his mother and father. At home, his duties are caring for children, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. His parents’ employment is sporadic. There are two children in the family.

As part of Compassion’s ministry, Victor attends youth group. He is also in middle school where he performs above average. Soccer and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Victor to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray about being his sponsor!

Clever from Uganda {age 3}

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Clever lives in a country that is at high risk for child rights violations. Clever lives with his father and mother who are sometimes employed as laborers. Clever works at home carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. There are four children in the family.

Clever is not presently attending school. Soccer, playing with cars, and singing are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.

Because of your partnership, Clever will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for praying for Clever. Will you consider being his sponsor?

Damaris from Ecuador {age 6}

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In her home, Damaris helps by running errands. She lives with her father and mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are two children in the family.

Playing with dolls, playing hide and seek, and playing with dolls are Demaris’s favorite activities. In primary school, her performance is average and she also attends Vacation Bible School.

Your sponsorship would open the door Demaris  hear about Jesus and to develop in all areas of her life. Thank you for praying for Demaris!

 If you would like to sponsor one of these sweet children, I would love to help you get started! Just comment on the post which child you would like and we can work out the details. Or, if you would like, you can email me at gracefullmom8@gmail.com

 

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