When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was growing up, my dream occupations changed frequently.
President of the United States!
And I also had access to educational opportunities, with the freedom to go to school and dream these big dreams.
Now as a mom of two children, I have tried to encourage them to explore their dreams and provide them with opportunities to learn about a variety of occupations. Helping them to choose something they can be successful at with the talents God has given them.
But not all children get these opportunities.
Today is World Day Against Child Labor.
150 million children in developing countries are involved in child labor. Many of them must work to help provide a meager income for their family to survive. These same children are denied the opportunity to attend school. They are denied the opportunity to dream.
They’re growing up too fast.
Odds are high that the children we sponsor are vulnerable to child labor. But now they are getting the opportunity to grow as a child should, to go to school and to dream. To dream about their future and to dream about opportunities that will help them escape poverty.
Learn how Compassion fights child labor through prevention and intervention.
Along with the local Compassion staff and volunteers, we have the opportunity to invest in these children and their future with the letters we write to them. Encourage them to dream, share Bible verses with them to remind them of God’s love and purpose for them.
This month for our Second Friday Writing Club, let’s do just that!
- Send this printable to encourage them to start dreaming about their future.
- Has the child you sponsor shared with you their dream for the future? Make a paper collage for him or her of things that pertain to that job.
What are some ways that you have encouraged your sponsored child to dream their dreams? Join our Second Friday Letter Writing Club on Pinterest to share your ideas!