Compassion part 1: When you can’t feed 100 people

Sometimes the needs of our hurting world can feel like a crushing weight.

Barrel-bomb shrapnel is pulled from a newborn’s face and Nigerian schoolgirls are pulled roughly from their dorms, still missing a year later.
Tsunamis sweep generations away, wildfires turn homes to ash in a dry land, and masked soldiers think nothing of beheading children while masked doctors do the same in sterile clinics.

Each tragedy pulses through our phones and computer screens with numbing regularity. It’s tempting to shut our eyes, plug our ears, and roll over into a deep, comfortable coma.

Don’t.

Do not buy into the slimy lie that because you cannot heal our world, you should ignore it.

You cannot stop all the wars or heal all the diseases, but you can make a difference.

I love this quote by Mother Teresa:

Picture from FMSC: http://preview.tinyurl.com/oocguxv
So, my question to you is this: If you could lift one child out of hopelessness, would you?

I’m asking because I just received a fat packet from Compassion International with the profiles of three children inside.

You guys, they are three of the most beautifully unique children I’ve ever seen.

Up on my fridge, between the wedding invitations and graduation announcements, are two brown faces that my husband and I love like family. 
One is a young man named Eric. Eric is from Mexico and he writes to us to tell us about his grades, his hopes for the future, and his love for futbol (soccer). In his last letter, he told us that he wants to follow God, but he is not sure that he can. His father refuses to take the family to church, and we pray his heart will soften.

The other is a dark-skinned beauty from Ethiopia with round eyes and angular shoulders. I became Asnaku’s sponsor when she was six, and she is now thirteen. She loves the color red, and she worries about her schoolwork. She wants to do well and get a good job someday, and she asks when will we visit? Her letters are always decorated with artwork.

The high level of care for the children, the financial integrity, and the quality of communications provided by Compassion International has been impressive.

But far beyond the medical, educational, and social benefits given to each child in the program, the personal connection we’ve been able to have with both Eric and Asnaku has been something truly special.

So here’s the plan: for ten days my blog posts will focus on the children in this packet and on the work of Compassion International. 
I have two goals:
  1. To find loving sponsors for Egi, Yegele, and little Gregori by the end of September, 
  2. To have a conversation about compassion, need, and God’s ancient and unchanging pursuit of poor and broken people. 
I hope you’ll join me, get to know the kids, and show them to your friends! Because while we can’t do everything, we can do something.

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