I could not be more excited to tell you that I started sponsoring a little girl through Compassion last week! Later, I'm going to tell you all about sweet little Jhannoly and how I came to be her sponsor. But today, I wanted to tell you about Compassion.
Compassion's motto sums them up perfectly. "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name." They are an organization focused on helping children break free of poverty. The wonderful thing about Compassion is that they focus holistically on the child's needs. They don't just provide food for the children, they focus on every aspect of poverty.
When you pay $38 a month to sponsor a child, your money goes to helping that child spiritually, physically, socially, and economically. Compassion's website states, "Poverty sends a defeating, painful message into the heart of a child: a message that says, 'You don't matter.' Introducing children to their loving Heavenly Father is the most powerful way of reversing this message." The money you send helps these children grow into responsible, Christian adults.
After I signed up to sponsor Jhannoly, I sat and read things on the Compassion website for hours. I read about the organization, I read their blog, I read people's comments, I read discussion boards. I just couldn't get enough. The one thing I saw over and over was people stressing how important it is to write letters to your sponsor child. I'm going to be honest with you - I am practically giddy over this. I've been making lists like crazy of all the things I want to write to her about. I absolutely cannot wait to receive her full packet of information and get started!
Since I am going to be talking about Compassion and my sponsor child from time to time, I have created a Compassion tab at the top of my blog. Partly just so I can document and remember things I've sent and said to my sponsor child, and partly as a resource to other sponsors. I saw so many people on discussion boards struggling with what to write their child or what to send, and I hope I might be able to spark people's imaginations a little.
I will leave you with the picture of my sweet little Jhannoly. Be prepared. She will melt your heart into pieces.