A Skeptic’s View on Child Sponsorship

Child sponsorship A friend of ours in Facebook, Sara Campion, brought this Relevant Magazine article to our attention yesterday. It starts off with some questions we hear quite a bit.

“Do you ever wonder what happens to that $35 you donate every month to a child sponsorship organization? Are you a little skeptical that the money you give is actually going to sponsoring a child instead of a mismanaged nonprofit? If that’s you, I’m with you. A couple years ago, I had convinced myself the money I was giving each month wasn’t actually reaching the child whose picture I had picked out years earlier, so I canceled my sponsorship. It turns out I was wrong, and it hit me like a ton of bricks two years later.”

Read the entire article at Relevant Magazine.

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  1. Valerie Long May 18, 2010

    Thanks so much for posting this here! I reposted it on my Facebook in hopes of reaching even more people so maybe even more will sponsor a child. :)

    Thanks again for posting it!

  2. Amy Wallace May 15, 2010

    This was a wonderful article! My doubts about child sponsorship went out the window when I got my first letter from my first child, and she said she was so happy that she had a sponsor that she proceeded to jump around.

  3. James May 13, 2010

    Thank you posting that story here. I too was a skeptic until years ago when my girls and I felt the call of sponsorship. Obligatory letters or not, I cannot wait until I get the next one, it’s like Christmas for us every three months or so. I hope that my now two sponsored gifts from God feel the same.

  4. Lisa Miles May 13, 2010

    “A tacky Christmas card picture of the family that sponsored her…?” HEY, I resemble that remark! 😉

    Honestly, what an interesting perspective and a wonderful article. I’m so glad the author took the time to write this. I hope many read it and make the decision to sponsor a child.

  5. abell May 13, 2010

    I was definitely skeptical. Until I met and got to know a Compassion employee. People are only so passionate about what they believe to be truth. Seeing this employee affected by her daily work was a clear message. I decided to sponsor, even though I’m low on money. But I know that my money goes to better use in Ethiopia than it does here. Sometimes I have to do without texting and internet on my phone so I can afford it. But I’d rather know that my money is changing a life, than have it just make mine a tiny bit easier.

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