Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Felix Needs You!

I want so much for this boy to find a sponsor.

His name is Felix, and he lives in Uganda.  He is ten years old and has five siblings.

I just love his picture.  He looks so proud (in a good way) and confident.

Here's why I want someone to sponsor him--he lives in a community where the average income in ONE DOLLAR A MONTH.

Think about that.  Could you even live on one dollar a day?  I know we don't live in the same kind of society as he, but seriously, one dollar a month?  I can't imagine.   How do they eat?

Felix needs a sponsor.  Click below to be the one.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

I Wanna Live Like That

I woke up this morning dreading work.

Then I realized that it's Saturday, and I don't have to go to work!

But the fact that the stress from work follows me throughout the weekend began to get me down, so I began to ask God how I could deal with the few people who are causing me anxiety and frustration at work.  (I know I'm supposed to say that I allow the feelings to take over, not that the other people cause those feelings.  I remember an especially inspiring chapel message at Asbury University from many years ago that taught me that.)

My mind wandered to the fact that many people don't even have a job, and that I should be thankful for what I have, and believe me, I am.  I like my job a lot.  I'm just having a hard time dealing with a few people (some in boss-type positions) who don't treat people well, and some who don't do their jobs well, causing more work for me.  I began to feel guilty for dreading work.  Then I thought of the really poor, and how I wish I could help all of them, give to every good charity, save all the widows and orphans in Africa (not joking; I'm for real), sponsor every child on the Compassion website . . . and on and on and on.

I was digging myself a HUGE hole!

I began listening to the new album "Live Like That" from Sidewalk Prophets.  It won't be available in iTunes until this coming Monday, but the group has made it available for listening on its website, and I have listened over and over.  I will have the entire album memorized by the time I get it Sunday night.

And I realized . . .  all I have to do is "live like that."  I can't change those people who treat me and others unfairly or those who don't do their jobs the way they should.  I also must not allow them to monopolize my thoughts or allow myself to feel at fault.  If I "live like that and give it all I have so that everything I say and do points to You," then I'm good to go.

So the answer is to change my focus.  To focus on how I live, not on how those around me live.  I'm not saying this is an instant change.  Right now I pretty much feel like just sitting on my couch and crying . . . for a long time. That's just what happens to me sometimes.  But IF I focus on the change in focus (I did that on purpose), I will make a difference to those who mistreat and frustrate me.

It's unavoidable.

Thank you, Sidewalk Prophets, for allowing God to use you to speak to me.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Have Children for You!!

This is Benjamin, who lives in Nicaragua with his mom and dad and SIX other children.  Clearly, your sponsorship would make a huge difference in this family.  Most families in his community earn the equivalent of $80 per month.
Benjamin is 11 years old and likes ping pong, soccer (fútbol), and basketball--a sports fan!!  Yay!  He attends primary school and Compassion Project NI148.

This beautiful young lady is Iswerbhai.  Doesn't she look like a princess?  She lives with her mom and dad and 2 siblings in India.  She is 8 years old and likes playing with dolls and playing house.  (Aw.)  
Families in Iswerbhai's community earn the equivalent of about $33 per month.
She attends primary school and Compassion Project IN910.

Please let me know if you would like to commit to sponsoring one of these beautiful children and thereby changing their lives and yours.
If you can't support one of them, please pray for sponsors.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

What Is Child Sponsorship?

Wanna make someone's day? . . . . . . Wait--what I really mean is, "Wanna make someone's LIFE?"
Sponsor a child!

What does it mean when you sponsor a child?  Does it mean you just send some money and write some letters?

Um . . . no.

Here are the benefits for a child when you sponsor him or her:  meals and nutrition, hygiene education, tutoring, Biblical education, life skills education, medical checkups, and new friends at the Compassion project!

Here is the benefit for you:  a heart FULL of love for someone thousands of miles away whom you may or may not ever meet in person.

The relationship you develop with the child through letter writing is indescribable. It is mind-boggling how much a letter means to a sponsored child.  And wait until you see how much it means to YOU.

But what about those children who have to wait for a sponsor?  Some have been waiting for months.  I'm not sure why some are left so long without having someone pick them, but you could change the life of one of those children right now by clicking the link below.  You will never regret it.

Sponsor a "longest waiting child."

Camilo Alberto had been waiting a long time when I chose him.  I wish I could have seen him when he was told that he FINALLY had a sponsor.  He makes me smile, and as you can see, I make him smile.  :)