"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” — Matthew 25:40
I LOVE COMPASSION
This fall, we are launching a partnership with Compassion International. I love what Compassion does for the poorest of the poor around the world. I’ve personally sponsored a child for 14 years. I was 18 years old at Christian Bookstore and thought to myself I can give $20 a month to serve a child. It’s been a part of our family since then, and I am happy that my church family gets to participate in this as well.
I had the great privilege this past May to travel to Brazil and see firsthand the work that Compassion has been doing. I was blown away by the impact and work they do. It was always a dream of mine to get to actually see the work in person and it exceeded my expectations of what they do.
Compassion is more than a charity or humanitarian effort to feed the poor; their focus is on a few key areas:
- Local Church Based
- Focused on Holistic Child Development
Let me unpack that for a second — I love that Compassion is unapologetic about their commitment to serving in the name of Jesus. They will not do any work without a local church, and they are focused on serving kids physical and spiritual needs, as well as developing them as people.
For us to partner with anything international, it has to be based in the local church as the focus. Compassion meets that criteria. They are unapologetic about Jesus and they have the best effort on developing children holistically, not just physically. Some of the kids I’ve been able to hear that grow up in Compassion Projects are some of the world’s brightest people I’ve ever met.
STRATEGIC COUNTRIES - PLANTING CHURCHES
We are partnering in three key countries that fall in line with our church planting strategy.
- Togo, Africa
Through the ongoing effort of Acts 29 Network, we are hoping to sponsor kids and help plant churches as close as possible to our sponsorships. In fact, in Brazil right now we have Acts 29 Churches that serve as host sites for Compassion Projects!
WHAT WE HOPE FOR
On October 8th -- Compassion Sunday, we are setting a goal for our church family to sponsor 100 Kids! You’ll get to sponsor a child in either Brazil, Togo Africa, or Thailand.
Our greater hope is that through our partnership with Compassion and Acts 29 Network, we’ll be able to sponsor 1000s of kids that will sit in Acts 29 Churches in some of the world’s poorest countries. I’m hopeful for the day when you and I get to travel to these countries and see first hand a child your family sponsors and meet the pastors whom we partner with.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR COMPASSION SUNDAY?
I want you to begin to pray and ask Jesus about what role He wants you to play. I want to challenge you to sponsor at least one child… some of you can sponsor more than that! I know a single guy in our church who actually sponsors 10 kids! Each child sponsorship is only $38 a month.
A couple ideas would be:
- If you have kids, sponsor one child for each of your own kids.
- If you have a desire to serve the poorest of the poor, sponsor a child in Togo.
- If you are passionate about preventing kids from getting sex trafficked, sponsor a child in Thailand — it’s one the world’s worst places for this.
- If you are passionate about church planting, sponsor a kid in Brazil.
- Start budgeting for it now. Adjust your spending in order to do something that is too simple not to do it. Just about everyone can strategically afford to sponsor one child.
- Get a friend and co-sponsor a child.
- Ask your Group to pick one country to sponsor in and make it a part of your Groups everyday life
I'm looking forward to Compassion Sunday on October 8th!