A new year arrives and an old pattern repeats as we walk a worn path, yearly trodden: emerging from the Christmas season with spirits lifted and hope renewed, expectant . . . ready.
Ready for change. Ready to make a difference.
For some that translates into a gym membership; a new hobby; or a resolution to eat less, give more, get together with friends, or keep a cleaner house. Resolutions reflect our inner need to grow, to change, to live well.
This January I’d like to encourage you to focus a little of your good intentions in a direction that will make a profound and lasting difference in the life of a child, a child you may never meet but can bless in a mighty way across the miles.
We sponsored our Compassion child, Guadalupe, almost four years ago. We spend $38 per month for her sponsorship, plus we also choose to send money for birthday and Christmas presents. I love to hear her name uttered in my children’s prayers, this little girl in Honduras who looks like a Hispanic version of my 8-year-old daughter and sends us crayon drawings from 2000 miles away.
I’ve never forgotten the words that prompted me to visit the Compassion site:
The difference between the Compassion sponsored kids and the unsponsored kids is unbelievable. It is the difference that hope, dignity, clothing and love can make.
These are real children with real needs. Please take a moment to visit Compassion’s list of children who need sponsors and see if one of those little faces doesn’t capture your heart, the way Guadalupe did mine.
How often do we get the chance to shine our lights thousands of miles away and make a resolution that really makes a difference?
If you decide to sponsor a child, please come back and tell us your story in the comments! If you’re already sponsor a child, share that with us, too.
By Dawn Camp, My Home Sweet Home