We shout at the world from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with indignation. We share our opinions and links to news stories we think everyone needs to see. We change our profile pictures in support of the victims. Anything to say to the world: I care. This. This matters!
Picture centuries past. There was plenty of hardship to go around. But without modern communication the breadth of our knowledge of the ills in the world might have only spread as far as the horizon. Now, we can know everything – at least it feels like that. Every bad deed done in every corner of the world is lifted before our eyes.
Eradicating child poverty across the globe – that sounds like a daunting task. But what if I told you that, by using what you’re already doing in your everyday life, you can play a significant part in achieving that goal?
As someone whose life was changed through sponsorship, I want to let you know the important role you play as you step out in faith to be part of this year’s Compassion Sunday. I hope these words will encourage you as you prepare for your presentation.
In order to help children grow in compassion, we can activate their vivid imaginations and give them the tools they need to be empathetic world-changers. Values are formed early in life, and I believe our role as adults is to create experiences that will inspire children to see the world through God’s eyes.
We’ve all been stuck at that red light, and despite our best efforts to avoid it, there we are: eye-to-eye with a person with a sign. Poverty is uncomfortable. And sometimes, it’s just easier to look away and pretend we can’t see.
When you face Jesus, in the longing eyes of the poor and powerless, it begins a hunger deep inside. A hunger to be filled up by the pouring out of yourself.
The difference between being a child sponsorship organization and a child development organization is subtle … but significant.
What would child development look like in North Korea? 1,100 church leaders from 163 churches met in South Korea at the recent Compassion North Korea Ministry Summit to begin to answer this question.
In its worst expression, poverty tourism is not just the exploitation of one group — the poor — it is the exploitation of two groups, those visited and those visiting.