Monday, December 8, 2008
Sponsor a Child this Christmas
It's that time of year when many people begin to think about charitable contributions. Maybe you grabbed the name of a child or a family off of a Giving Tree at your church. Perhaps you donated canned goods through your child's school for a White Christmas drive. Or maybe your motives are more personal and you're giving in the name of tax deductions.
Whatever the reason, helping those in need is is a noble cause.
I'm asking you today to support a very noble cause: Compassion International.
Surprised? You shouldn't be. I blog about them fairly often and have a few of their widgets in my sidebar.
The difference is that my cause, while it will accept one-time donations to a number of funds, is really seeking people who are willing to make a long-term commitment. What they want is a person or a family who will commit to send $32 a month to sponsor a child in need.
That child will be sponsored by you and you alone. They will send you letters, and you can (and are encouraged to) write to them. Send photos, cards, paper gifts that will fit into a standard envelope. Make it a year-round involvement, instead of one that takes only a few dollars or moments of your time.
The investment you make means so much more than $32 to the child it's dedicated for. It means hope. Food. Medical care. Education. And most importantly, it begins to introduce them to Jesus.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child this Christmas, just leave a comment here with contact info or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a Sponsorship Packet. Receiving the packet does not obligate you to sponsor anyone. But I'll bet that once you see that precious face looking back at you from that packet, you'll think twice before saying no.
I'm asking that for the next few weeks you direct everyone you know to this blog post. Link to it. Email it to your friends. Forward it to folks at church. Do whatever you can to get the word out.
I want to see children sponsored as a result of this post. I want to know that I was able to use my words the better the life of a child, or two, or ten.
I thank you for your efforts in helping me spread the word, and the kids who get sponsored as a result do, too.