So organizations like Compassion International and World Vision and others get criticized sometimes for being too big and too many admin costs and not enough local leadership and local economic stimulation around the world. But sometimes I wonder if we criticize organizations for not doing it all the way we would want to or think it should be done, when maybe we ought to be more grateful that they are doing something that includes great resources, loads of relationships, and evidence of transformed lives.
I sponsored a Compassion kid back in 1993 while I was a college student. I wasn’t quite sure how I was gonna send that $30 every month, but I sensed that I should, no matter what. That child graduated from the Compassion program to move on into adult life with an education and some skills he might not have had otherwise. Most importantly, he graduated walking with Jesus.
My wife and I continue to sponsor two kids with Compassion. The most meaningful part to us, besides that those two kids are hopefully being encouraged and fed and taught from people who love them with the selfless love of Jesus, is to watch our kids grow in their awareness of the needs of other kids around the world.
Our kids see the Compassion kids’ pictures on the fridge. Our kids write them letters and draw them pictures. Our kids even pray for them from time to time.
And they may not realize it, but their Jen and I are intentionally cultivating into their growing hearts a love for the nations. We pray it will bear much fruit.
We also pray for the fruitfulness of the lives of those two Compassion kids. And how cool would it be for our kids to actually meet them one day! For now, the letter and picture relationship will have to be enough. But hopefully, our kids will think far beyond a college diploma and a good job and a spouse and kids.
Lord, we surrender our kids to you. May they love both neighbors and nations. May they give away what has been given to them, dreaming Your dreams and loving like You love.
Grateful. Hopeful. Both for the futures of those Compassion kids as well as our own.