Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A Compassion Kick-off and a Call Out for Prayer.
This month is Blog Month for Compassion. Would you please consider sharing this post with others? Facebook it! Tweet it! Send it through email! Let's see more children find hope this month by people praying for them and some even making the choice to sponsor them.
A few weeks ago, I shared with you about God placing a call on my heart to sponsor a child through Compassion International. I truly believe their work is at the very core of what God is calling us to do.
If you have read the Bible, you know that God calls us again and again to care for the least of these. (Matthew 25:34-40) His heart hurts for the orphaned and the homeless. Doesn't God ask us to love others like we would want to be loved?
In an interview, Katie Davis, author of, “Kisses From Katie” shared,
“As someone who calls themselves a Christian, I mean, it’s very apparent that you are to love the Lord with all your heart and then you’re to love your neighbor as yourself. Myself doesn’t want to be starving … and so I don’t want other people in the world to be starving.”
She goes on to point out that these were not requests, but commands from Jesus. Friends crack open your Bible and check them out for yourself.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Are you thinking, "Oh crud!? Those are commandments? I am sure that does not mean I actually have to do them..."
Perhaps you are about to click away from this blog, thinking to yourself,
"Oh my, we have another bleeding heart here. Bla bla bla, I have heard it all before lady and seen the infomercial. Time to turn the channel."
Honestly I understand... We are all over exposed and have become desensitized to this message, but please keep reading. I am with you. I have been there my friends, please keep reading.
Today we need to stop treating these as optional requests from God. Friends, these are His commands and they flow out of the core of God’s very heart.
These are real people.
These are suffering children.
They are our hurting neighbors.
God commands us to treat them as we would want to be treated.
So that leads to my request for today.
I have learned incredible lessons from my sponsored child. The joys we have known through our experience in this relationship have been amazing. I even wrote about this very topic 2 weeks ago in my post titled, "Love Does! When God Strikes in the Middle of a Boring Lecture Hall..."
That is where my journey in Compassion's child sponsorship program began. When God used a simple college lecture to tear my heart in two with the news of the sex slave trade in Thailand. Through her letters and beautiful drawings, I met a wonderful little girl named Tairinee, from Thailand.
Eventually, Tairinee grew up and moved on, but now we have dear, sweet Genesis. Genesis has opened my ignorant eyes time and time again over these last couple of years. Imagine, one little girl teaching our kids, myself, and my husband priceless lessons we would not have learned otherwise.
We signed up to show God’s love to Genesis, but honestly Genesis has taught us about God's love for people and the importance of prayer.
Friends let’s do something for these little ones. I know some of you already sponsor a child and some of you just feel flat broke right now, but here is your opportunity to do something so simple.
Would you please consider going to the Compassion Sponsor page. Take a moment and look over each child, their names, their different countries, and their ages.
Then take a minute to Pray over them.
Ask the Lord to provide for them spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Pray for their family’s health and for adequate jobs for their parents.
Pray for their protection from harm.
Pray for blessings upon them and their family.
Finally, please Pray for someone to sponsor them.
Could you do one more thing?
Could you ask the Lord in what ways He would like you to help the poor? Whether it’s through Compassion International or in your own town, ask Him and then follow through with what He lays on your heart.
Please visit and pray for these children. It will only take a moment of your time and time is something we can all give a little of.
If you have sponsored a child, could you take a moment and share how God has provided the means financially for this commitment?
Has it been rough financially to do this?
May God Bless you greatly friends! J
Again consider sharing this. Maybe you could be the catalyst for another child finding their sponsor by posting this blog on Facebook or Tweeting about it. Let’s see if we can help Compassion reach it's goal for over 3,000 children to be sponsored this month!