Mar 30 2015

What Does Advocacy Look Like?

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The keynote message had just finished wrapping up, and hundreds of women spilled into the venue hall.

Aly Chase was in her usual place, standing alongside the Compassion booth, speaking to hundreds of curious women about child sponsorship. A young woman, with tears on her cheeks, picked up a packet and looked Aly square in the eyes.

“I want to sponsor this child. I want to sponsor him because his birthday is the same day as my miscarriage. The same exact day, month and year.”

Both women cried. And hugged. And smiled. God was there. He had placed the packet on the table, spoken into this woman’s heart and led her feet to that table. This was providence, grace and hope hanging in a moment.

This is what advocacy looks like.

It happens every single day in a million different ways. And this is Aly’s story of how she became a Compassion Advocate.

THE DECISION TO SPONSOR A CHILD

As a single, 30-something teacher living in Spokane, Washington, Aly attended a Rock & Worship RoadShow in 2013. With the music fading out from headliner MercyMe’s set, lead singer Bart Millard set his guitar aside and began sharing a sacred and beautiful story. A story about impoverished children and hope and the potential of lives.

It was his story about sponsoring a child through Compassion.

As he spoke, pictures of a beautiful smiling boy were projected behind him. Bart said that sponsoring this boy had forever changed his life. He said he felt called to speak hope and encouragement to the boy on the screen. To tell this young man that God loved him and had created him for a purpose.

And Bart wanted everyone at the concert to experience that same feeling.

Aly’s hand shot into the air as volunteers passed sponsorship packets through the crowd. She was handed a picture of a beautiful girl from Bangladesh. Her name was Bithi.

It was love at first sight. Aly sponsored her very first child.
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