If you’re just jumping in today, welcome! This is day number three in a ten-day series showcasing the work of Compassion International for impoverished and at-risk children around the world. (To catch up on what you missed, click here for Day 1, and here for Day 2!)
Compassion International operates on the assumption that:
“In a world where more than a billion children live on less than $2 USD per day, child sponsorship is the most strategic way to end poverty.”
Many of us ache with sorrow over the tragedies occurring around the world, but feel helpless to help from our living rooms. Or, we feel simply overwhelmed because the Great Need just feels too great.
Friend, you are small. That is truth. But when a small person offers their smallness to a Great God , that tiny offering can be used to change the world.
Today, and for the next two days, I want to open the profile packs a smidge further and really introduce you to each child so that you can make a more informed decision about whether one of them is waiting for you.
Today, meet Egi.
Egi Ricard Sarumaha turned seven on the seventh of June – his “golden birthday”.
He lives in an island community called Sukarami where around 2,700 people live elbow-to-elbow in homes made of cement floors and tin roofs.
The area is known for torrential rains during the flood season. Can you imagine the deafening effect of a heavy rain on a tin roof?
Egi lives with his father, his mother, and one other sibling. His mom stays at home with the kids while his father tries to keep steady employment as a day laborer. However, he is not always successful, since Egi’s profile says his father is “sometimes employed”. Most day laborers earn an average of $53 per month in Sukaramai.
Children living in Sukaramai are at risk for diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, and skin diseases.
Compassion International’s work in Indonesia began in 1968. They partner with churches to help them provide Indonesian kids with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and reach their full potential.
Your sponsorship of $38 per month would allow the staff at Agape Denninger Student Center to give Egi Bible studies, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports, character building programs, reading and writing classes and special celebrations.
One other thing that surprised me–it said that the center staff would also offer meetings and seminars to Egi’s parents!
This means that in a very practical way, your sponsorship of a single child may actually be part of God’s plan for an entire family’s transformation through the love of Christ.
How do I support Egi?
I can’t sponsor right now, but how can I help?