Growing up in the church I learned how we are suppose to tithe. I learned that we should tithe 10% of what we have and give it back to God. When I started working and making an income, I started tithing. That's when I really saw God doing big things in my life. I got to the point where I enjoyed giving money every week in the offering plate because I was excited to see how God would use it.
As I got older and grew more in relationship with Christ, I started wondering how I could make a personal difference. Like instead of just writing a check and putting in the offering plate how I could use my tithe and make a real difference. I felt God laying on my heart the idea of sponsoring a child. I've always wanted to sponsor a child in a third world country but wanted to make sure I was financially able to do that. Once you start sponsoring a child, you can't just stop. Well technically you can stop at anytime, but there was no way I was going to start sponsoring a child and then quit. If I started sponsoring a child, I was going to stay with it.
I came across the organization, World Vision. World Vision International is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. Their motto is "our vision for every child, life in all its fullness; our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so". For $39 a month you can choose a child to sponsor. You can pick a child out based on what country they're located in, the age, or even the gender. When choosing a child you will be able to see what language they speak, their favorite hobby, a short background on the child, their age and their birthday. With your $39, it is combined with the donations of other sponsors so they can provide long-term resources for lasting change for all the children in your child’s community. Your gift will help provide your sponsored child and other children in desperate need with the basic necessities that can help them reach their God-given potential, including access to resources like clean water, better nutrition, basic healthcare, education, spiritual nurture, and economic opportunities for his or her family, the community, and other children in need. In areas where permitted, a sponsor’s gift will also help provide a Christian education program to give children the chance to learn about Jesus and His love.
When sponsoring a child you can write letters back and forth, send pictures to your child as well as receive updated pictures of your child, and even send packages/gifts. You can also arrange to go meet your child face to face through World Vision. For three years now, I have sponsored a little girl named Lilian from Uganda. Sponsoring Lilian is such a blessing for me. I want her to know that she is loved by God and me. It is such a blessing to receive a letter from her and then communicate back to her to encourage her. I want her to know that I do truly care for her and her family. I love learning about her life, like what the weather is there and then I tell her what it’s like here. Since I started sponsoring Lilian, I receive a yearly progress report on her that updates me on her health and education level.
If you choose to sponsor a child, It may not feel like you are connecting with the children right away, but give it time. I just want to assure you that every single letter you send impacts them in a big way. I love knowing I'm making a difference. I look forward to the day we meet face to face.
Isaiah 58:7 "Is it not to share your food with the hungry to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood?"