Monday, May 3, 2010

One Little Face, Waiting For You

Last Sunday I hosted a Compassion Sunday at my church, where I introduced our congregation to Compassion International. I had two tables set up which were packed full of sweet, beautiful faces who desperately needed someone to sponsor them. Precious, little faces who live in the depths of poverty, in concrete huts, with no running water or power, and very little to eat, wearing clothes that obviously do not fit them properly.

Little faces, with big dreams and big hearts, but without people like you and me to sponsor them and help release them from poverty in Jesus's name, their futures will remain glim. We can play a role in breaking that cycle of desperation in their family.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to cup your hands around one of those little faces, and bring a smile to their face that they may have never been able to muster up before. All you have to do is be willing to donate $38 per month to Compassion International.

Hmmmmm, what else could we do with $38? Well, for a family of five, you might could eat at Chick Fil A one time. I could buy a new sundress from Target. I could buy a few books to read by the pool this summer. I could give it to my kids for a night out with their friends.

Or - I could help save a life with it. I could choose to open the door for one little face to hear the gosple for the very first time.

All these other things above seem like such trivial and meaningless ways to waste $38 - all of which I have done countless times. But at least once per month, our $38 goes to Joe Ortez. A seven year old little boy in Ecuador.

I love to get letters from Joe, especially he knows how to write now, as he tells me about his dog, his mom who had been sick, his baby brother, and the chores he does around the house. He loves to hear about our life, and my kids have written him letters and pictures that I know he treasures. I know he treasures them, because upon my visit to Ecuador a few years ago, each of the sponsored children we visited had their sponsors letters hidden away in a special place in their homes, and they would proudly pull them out to show us.

They were not just letters, but promises - of a special relationship with someone from the other side of the world, of a person who cares for them and prays for them, of a future, and of a hope.

These kids deserve a positive future as much as we do, as God promised in Jeremiah 29:11. Would you be willing to pick out one little face to sponsor? It is easy to do online, or I could select a packet for you and mail it directly to you.

If you feel God speaking to your heart about this, about making a lifelong impact, and possibly an eternal impact in the life one little face, please click on the Compassion link on the left on my sidebar.

After only one day at church, and our church members seeing the difference that sponsorship can make, through videos and testimonies, nearly 20 of those sweet, little faces now have a new family in North Carolina - praise God! But so many more need someone to be willing to embrace them, and their needs, and choose to sponsor them.

It is so worth it, in so many ways. Trust me, you will soon realize how the $38 per month that we are giving up - that we so often take for granted and use haphazardly anyway - is worth every penny, as you begin to love this little face whose life you are changing.

If you decide to sponsor a child - please leave a comment and let me rejoice with you! Or send me an email with any questions that you have. Blessings friends!

*Note: If you would be interested in talking to me about hosting a Compassion Sunday in your church, please send me an email so we can chat about that, at tracie@traciewmiles.com. I would love to talk with you about it and answer any questions you may have, and maybe even discuss how I could come be a part of your Compassion Sunday! Just something to think about. :)

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2 comments:

notjustlaura said...

Thank you for this invaluable work.

Anonymous said...

My family sponsored a little boy in Rwanda about four months ago due to the coverage Proverbs 31 gives to Compassion International. We feel so blessed to hear from him. He has brought a whole new perspective into our family's attitude toward needs versus wants.
Thank you for introducing this wonderful organization to so many. Praise God!
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