Compassion Sunday

Meet Aemabet.

Aemabet is seven years old and lives in Ethiopia. She has four siblings and loves the color green, math, playing handball and cows. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher.  Aemabet isn’t some random kid that I choose to blog about, this is my Aemabet. Adam and I sponsor her through a program called Compassion International and we have for about two years.

I am sure that many of you are familiar with Compassion International. It is a very large, very successful and very amazing Christian organization that matches up people willing to give with children in need all across the world. Before I go any further let me tell you that this is not a sponsored post. This is just an organization that I wholeheartedly support and want to help get the word out about. Each year they hold a day called “Compassion Sunday” where people can go in front of their church congregation and spread the word. Today is not that Sunday, I actually think it was back in April. So I’m a little late….or a little early. But I think that at this time of year we need a reminder to step away from ourselves and our shopping lists and think about others. Here in America (and in other developed nations) it is so easy to get lost on our “bubble” of people that want for nothing. We compare ourselves to the Jonseses – and the Joneses have everything. We forget that their are people – millions of people – out there that don’t even have clean water to drink. A few years a ago I took a quiz through Compassion that asked about your lifestyle, finances, and assets, and after I finished all that it told me that I am richer than 97% of the worlds population. 97%! And I took that back when we were living in a 300 sq foot apartment and drove 15 year old cars. I wish I could find that quiz again so that y’all could take it, but it seems to have disappeared.

It would be amazing if some of you were able to sponsor a child. You can go to their website and pick one out, or you can allow  Compassion to match you with the child that has been waiting the longest (many have been waiting for over a year). The cost is $38 a month, and you get to write and receive letters from your sponsored child. You get to encourage them and bless them, but you will be surprised to find that they actually end up blessing you.

I know many of you can’t swing $38 a month and that is okay. If you want to give without a monthly commitment there are opportunities for that as well. Around Christmastime Compassion comes out with a catalog where you can give one time gifts to specific causes. These include things like $79 for a water filtration system (that will provide safe drinking water for life), $55 to provide a new baby with medical care for a year, or $13 to provide emergency feeding to a malnourished child. Go HERE to see all the options. If giving monetarily isn’t feasible then prayer is always free and much needed!

To learn more about Compassion and what they do visit their website, it is chock-full of information including all of the financial information (83% of of the money given goes directly to the children and their families). There are also other DIY bloggers that have that actually gone and visited their sponsored children, go HERE to read about The Nester in Tanzania and HERE to read about The Lettered Cottage in Peru.

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion
Anyway, thank you for listening. If you choose to sponsor a child or support in any way, please leave me a comment so I can give you a virtual chest bump. Also, if you wouldn’t mind sharing this post I would really appreciate it :)

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  1. Thanks for this post. My teenager could benefit from participating in something like this (and not just for the penmanship exercises). I’m going to look into it & I’ll get back to ya. :) ~Dee
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  2. What a wonderful post. What you say about it blessing the sponsor is so true. Compassion has given us a way to love others in the world with encouraging words and provision. It has been a blessing to have a relationship with these beautiful children.

  3. Oh man, I would love to do this! I’m gonna talk to Jesse. :)

  4. Great post! Just want to add my voice to say that we have sponsored two kiddos through Compassion for years. They are an awesome organization and I hope your readers take you up on it!
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  5. We love Compassion International! They do amazing work!

  6. Wow Great Post! I sponsor through a group called Make Way Partners. My child is Santo Aguot Iek and he is in Darfur Sudan. Keep it up, Sister!

  7. Thanks for posting about this, I was looking into it a few months ago-I think it wouldbe nice to sponsor a little boy about the same age as my older boys…they could grow together. Thanks for the reminder!
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  8. My husband and I have two compassion children, and it is such an amazing relationship. Compassion is such a fabulous organization.
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  9. So many children do without…great message to remember and support those in need during the season of giving!
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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this, Ashley…she is so beautiful. My husband and I were just talking last night about how insane all of the spending right now is, and trying to reach out and help someone in need…perfect timing!
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  11. Thanks for sharing! I really love the idea of doing this with my kids.
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  12. I inherited my Mum’s three sponsored children through Plan International. It’s such a great reminder at this time of year – we really are so much luckier than we realize.
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