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.