A group of bloggers, two of whom I read regularly, have traveled to Kenya with Compassion International. They're sharing the beauty and great need that they have the privilege of seeing there.Stunning images and heartbreaking stories of the bloggers' experiences travel across the miles to my nation of relative abundance and tug on my heart. Honest stories, not exploitative. Read these entries for their touching accounts of need and the victory of meeting that need... (http://www.mycharmingkids.net/2010/03/mathare-valley.html)
Compassion International is doing the overwhelming work of Him in so many places around the world. One sponsored child can elevate his/her entire family above the poverty level. And they do it in a way that is respectful of culture, financially wise, free of manipulation, and life-transforming...for all partners involved. Ministry watchdog groups rate them highly.
One blogger on the Kenya trip, Shaun Groves, spoke at a church Sunday morning and said this, "Compassion International is trying to help release the poor from poverty, but it’s also helping to release us from our wealth.” Y-ouch...isn't that what I asked for way back in December? In light of yesterday's post...what conviction. I relish in comfort...feathering my nest, rearranging my stuff, planning for the next purchase, choosing what my family and I will eat ~ and there will be too much of it, trying to maximize the day for me... it's all about me. I need to have my comfort challenged...my life's purpose is not to have everything I need, just the way I want it. No, my purpose is to glorify God in whichever way He chooses.
We've sponsored Wilma in Bolivia for 10 years. We get to watch her grow up through her pictures and letters and can someday meet her if we choose. She is a presence in our family.
I know God calls us to do more...I just need to figure out what and how. There are so many children who need to be sponsored...click here and consider. Nothing but good can come from the examination and the answers.