..."if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:10
Love in action.... what does that look like to you?
Sponsoring children has changed me and now I have a better answer to that than I did before. I've had the opportunity to work with Compassion and travel as part of my work to many countries where Compassion partners with the local church to serve the neediest children in the community. This isn't something I dreamed God would call me to do. Traveling to the developing world was not in my wildest dreams. I'm so grateful for those experiences, though they took me out of my comfort zone. My heart was changed, broken actually, for the poor and I'll never be the same.
God's heart for children is revealed all throughout His Word. There are needy children all around us, in our own neighborhoods and communities as well as across the oceans in other countries. Listen to God's whispers as He leads you to open your heart to the children He puts in your path. As Wess Stafford puts it; "every child you meet is a divine appointment.."
There are lots of ways to be a child advocate. I choose to partner with Compassion as one of the ways I put love in action. I've seen what the local church partners are doing first hand, I've hugged the children and their families and heard their stories and seen their lives changed. It's just as important though to be a child advocate for those children in your community. I challenge you to ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and open your eyes to the needs of children around you. Then watch and listen for those divine appointments.
Growing Children who care for other Children
Want some practical action steps for your family that will help to grow compassionate kids aware of the needs of children living in poverty? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
As a family, host a neighborhood food drive to fill the local food bank.
Choose a country a month for your family to focus on and learn about children in that country and how they live. Here's a great place to start: