Lately, I’ve been asking myself, “What is it that people need most?” Assuming that food-water-clothing-shelter have been taken care of, what else is a necessity? What gives us reason to get out of bed in the morning or carry on in the midst of difficult circumstances?
I think that all humans need two vital things to survive: hope and love.
What does a life devoid of hope and love look like? Empty. Nothing to look forward to. No reason to keep going. Lonely.
You probably know that I love what Compassion International is doing to help children in poverty. I think I’ve mentioned it once or twice. 😉
For $38 extra dollars each month–approximately $1.25 each day–Compassion will provide a child with physical necessities (food, clothing, medical treatment), but they also offer intangibles. LOVE: the love of Compassion workers/teachers/pastors. LOVE: the love of a sponsor thousands of miles away, dispensed in letters and e-mails. HOPE: an education so that their future will be made brighter. HOPE: an understanding that redemption is for everyone through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
As Emily said (regarding her tour of Compassion homes/projects in the Phillipines), “They have more difficult lives than I will ever know. And some of them die from Malaria or measles or other preventable diseases. But if they meet Jesus, at least they will not die from despair.”
Right now, several bloggers are touring Compassion sites in the Philippines. Tsh shared about her sponsored child’s living conditions (5 people; 1 room). After a visit to Rose Ann’s home, Kat realized that, with only a few changes in her story, she could have been in Rose Ann’s shoes. Stephanie shared about the ladder that gives children a way out of poverty. I urge you to follow these bloggers. You will get great insight into the practicalities of how Compassion changes lives, what impact they really have, and even the the nitty-gritty uncensored details of how money is managed within the programs.
And then? Sponsor a child because hope only costs $38 a month. That, my friends, is a bargain.