You desire to develop disciples who are passionately engaged with the God-given mission to care for those living in extreme poverty. Yet, it can be difficult to know where to begin. These highlights from Barna’s latest study, The Good News About Global Poverty will provide you with some simple ideas to put into action today.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, post a selfie on social media with a photo of the child you sponsor for #SponsorSelfieDay to show how simple it is to help change the life of a child living in poverty.
Our culture praises comfort and ease. With online shopping, pre-made dinners and social media, it would be entirely possible to live our lives without ever leaving the comfort of our own homes. I know, I know … that’s extreme, but the reality is that fewer and fewer of my friends are willing to take risks.
Every volunteer has a story. A story behind the moment God placed the desire in his or her heart to move from spectator to participant. Having attended Compassion-partnered events as both a volunteer and a staff member, I’ve had the opportunity to hear our volunteers’ stories and witness the personal impact they have.
Due to the government of India’s decision to restrict Compassion’s funds from reaching our partners this year, many of our centers in India are are at risk of permanent closure, leaving more than 130,000 kids – the most vulnerable of India’s population – even more vulnerable. But on Dec. 6, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hear testimony from Compassion about the situation with the Indian government. And your voice could help us find a resolution. Will you help us advocate for the children and communities we serve in India?
As your friend, we want to help ignite your compassion for kids, God’s church and those struggling under the weight of poverty around the world. So here in our second, monthly installment of Totally Worth It, we’ve got the happenings with Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and other noteworthy things that we hope will inspire you and fill your head and heart. We’re taking our cue from Nobel Peace Prize announcement today. With all the weight of the world’s hurt pushing down on us, we think we could all use more peace to lift us up.
I wondered, what if, as the lonely traveler in a hotel room, I could feel connected to a larger story out there? What if when you walked into your hotel room, there was a child’s face and their name above the room number? What if you suddenly felt connected to that story? What if the room was giving a couple of dollars a night to sponsor a child? What if you could even write a note of encouragement to that child?
We think the world needs to hear more stories about peace right now. From the state of our broken world and global worries all the way down to our personal day-to-day troubles, worry and helplessness can threaten to overtake us. We asked you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram what gave you peace. You shared with the world through stories, pictures and videos how you experience God’s peace that passes all understanding with #GivesMePeace.
Everybody wants to change the world. But we don’t always know where to start. Here are three stories of people who decided to start right where they are. People who used their unique passions to rally friends and family to release children from poverty together.
Provider. Protector. Hero. There are a lot of titles you can give the dads in your life. This Father’s Day honor the man in your life who’s always been your hero by letting him be a hero to children in poverty too!
As Family Pastor, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to get the youth of our church involved. Kids want to make an impact in the world but often times they just don’t know how.
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!