Cherish family We cannot do global child development and neglect our own families. God would not be honored if we poured ourselves into the world’s children and neglected our own.

“If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” – 1 Timothy 3:5, NIV

Listen to Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Compassion USA, talk about the importance of cherishing our families.

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  1. Mar 7, 2009
    at 11:32 am

    i used to have this totally backwards. i felt that i had ministry work to do, often focused more on that than my own family. Thankfully, God convicted me of it and things are changing around here, for the better!

    Thanks for the post – it’s nice to have places to go for encouragement and reminders!

  2. Mar 7, 2009
    at 12:05 pm

    Thank you — this is excellent. I’ve been reminded of all the children I’ve met (or heard about through sponsors) who consider their sponsor part of their family. In some cases, the sponsor becomes a parent for the child who has last a mom or dad. What a great family! And you’re right–we can’t develop this sponsor relationship or advocate ministry at the expense of our own families!

  3. Mar 7, 2009
    at 5:24 pm

    The really great thing about Compassion is that even as we serve the world’s children, we are teaching our own an unbelievable lesson in sharing and contentment with what God has given us. My 3 little ones have learned so much about poverty and our mandate to help others through their letter writing and relationships with their world-wide brothers and sisters. I think teaching our children the will of God is one of the most valuable gifts we can give them…

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