Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Difference We Make

By now you know that Compassion International is one of my passions.  I have decided to write about Compassion once a week.  I just returned home from an advocates retreat in TN and was going to write about that, but a friend told me a story that I just have to share. 

LC's story ...

LC and her family started sponsoring a little girl in South American several years ago.  Recently, they received a letter and photos from Arianna.  At first glance of the photos, LC thought, "Wow. To be considered so poor, they don't have it too bad."  The photo showed the inside of a house with cinder block walls, a small stove, cooking utensils, table, chairs, a window.  Basically - a solid house with supplies to care for a family. 

Then, as LC looked at the photo ... she realized that she had received a thank you note for every. last. item.  Thank you for the walls - they are now sturdy cinder block instead of mud.  Thank you for the stove - we can now have hot meals. Thank you for the rug - we don't have to walk on dirt inside. Thank you for the roof - we are safe from the sun and rain. Thank you for the table and chairs where we can gather as a family.

Compassion International is so much more than child sponsorship.  It builds families.  This little girl's family 'doesn't have it too bad' but only thanks to dedicated sponsors.  Her life has been forever changed.  They have seen the love of Christ in action.  That is what Compassion is all about. 

There is a link over there ----------> that you can click to begin changing a child's life today.  And their entire family as well.



Anonymous Terri Ann Lease said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

Too often, we get caught up in our own lives and luxaries, those luxaries that we consider necessities (like that Starbuck's coffee that I HAD-To-HAVE this morning)that we so easily shut out the rest of the world. Our world is just that - OUR LITTLE SELFISH WORLD - not the poverty stricken world that resists outside our little bubble. We can't even begin to relate to what these children are living in.

Thank you, Chris, for speaking up for those that don't have a voice. Thank you for shining God's light into their dark world.

Mar 17, 2010, 11:33:00 AM  

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