Life & Love & Compassion

And now, for an interruption in the regular home improvement chatter:

Last week I was reading through some of my favorite blogs when I came upon The Nester's entries about her trip to Tanzania.

She told about her involvement with Compassion International– how she and her family sponsor three children– and the opportunity she received to travel to Tanzania to meet one of the children.

Long story short, I wanted to learn more. I visited the Compassion website and read through all of the information about where the donations go and how they help the children. I watched video testimonials and scanned the FAQs. I read through the information about financial integrity and how much of my donation would go to the child sponsored. I stared intently at the sweet faces of the children in need across the world.

I could feel God working on my heart and was compelled to take action. I emailed the information to the husband and asked him to look over it and pray about whether we should sponsor a child. We both agreed we could and should do this, and it was a worthwhile cause to support.

Because The Nester had shown me the children from Tanzania on her blog, we felt compelled to choose a child from that country. I scanned the many faces and smiled when I saw Robert, a six year old boy dressed in his Sunday best. The husband and I agreed– Robert was The One.

And so we have officially begun our journey with Compassion International. We just finished writing our first letter to precious Robert. Through our monthly donation, Robert will be provided with nutritional snacks, education, a church family, medical checkups and health and hygiene training. Most importantly, Robert will hear the message about God's unending love for him through Jesus Christ. Priceless.

We are so excited to be part of his life.

photo borrowed from The Nester

God's word calls us to be cheerful givers:

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
~ 2 Corinthians 9:7

It is under this Biblical principle that we decided to give to Robert through Compassion International. We feel we have been blessed and are excited to see our donations put to great use in Robert's life.

I encourage anyone interested in child sponsorship to read through The Nester's firsthand account of her trip to Tanzania and the families she encountered there. If you're anything like me, you might tear up at the sound of joyful singing from the Tanzanian children who are so excited to meet the people from across the world that have helped them. My heart melted when she shared the story and video from the day she met her sponsored child. He and his family have so little, yet they are so thankful for everything. It's truly awesome to see it and live it through her blog.

* practice compassion *
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