Changing a Child’s Life through Child Sponsorship

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Did you know that nearly 22,000 children die every day, most due to things that can be prevented like hunger, disease, and poverty? Did you also know that nearly 72 million children do not attend school? Child sponsorship is a way to for you to make a real and lasting difference for a special boy or girl in need. My family sponsors a little girl from Ecuador named Marianela. Marianela will turn 17 in July and I have been sponsoring her since she was 8 years old. I have been able to see her grow up. Because of my sponsorship she receives Christian education, medical check-ups, health education, nutritious foods, field trips, and homework help. When I hear statistics like the ones you just read I think to myself, “Not my little girl!” My family has been able to help Marianela by removing the obstacles that poverty has put in her path. We also get to have a relationship with her through the letters that we write. She always draws me a picture on the back of all the letters and those are special to me.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. As a sponsor for $35 per month you’ll demonstrate God’s love and transform a child’s life! God tells us in Matthew 18:5 that “whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes Me.” He also tells us in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Please pray and see if God is calling you to become a child sponsor.

I would like to share a short story about a family in Ethiopia whose lives were changed by sponsorship. Tsehay, 7 lives in Ethiopia. She has five brothers and sisters and her mother has taken an orphaned child into the family. Tsehay’s mother struggled to support the family by selling firewood but earned very little. The children had to go to work tending cows in the field. Their mud-brick hut had a cracked roof that leaked water during the rainy season. Life became so much better after Tsehay’s oldest sister was sponsored through World Vision by a woman in Nevada. Her gift made it possible for the family to build a new home and even enjoy electricity so the children could study after dark. Today, the children have access to assistance such as school fees and supplies, basic healthcare, and improved nutrition. For Tsehay’s family, sponsorship was an answer to prayer. “I knelt down and prayed to the Lord, ‘Please deliver me.’ That’s how sponsorship came,” says the mother of Tsehay. Would you like to be an answer to prayer as well? If you would like more information about child sponsorship you can visit World Vision’s website at www.worldvision.org/sponsorship. You may also call them toll free at 1-800-806-4468 or talk to Nicole Gardikis at church. A presentation was done at church on January 22nd about child sponsorship. If you missed that presentation we still have two children in need of sponsors. A child is waiting—for you.

(article by Nicole Gardikis)

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Finding God in Nature

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See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that Solomon in all his splendor was not dressed like one of these.

Passing on the faith to children was never meant to be limited to classrooms and churches. Teaching and learning was to happen naturally as families lived life together. Why? Because God is not reserved for that spiritual part of ourselves, he is Lord of all creation and His presence permeates every part of our world. How can we communicate this truth to our children? One of the best ways I know of is looking for those spontaneous moments where God is encountered out in the world, in nature.Psalm 19 tells us:

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”

The trouble is, we are usually too busy to notice. The other night I took a walk up the street to the Tripp farm at dusk and I was moved by the vibrant greens of the wet grass in the twilight and the clouds tipped with deep reds and pinks. It’s there every night, yet I rarely see it. And the thought occurred to me, if I only I had one of my kids with me share this moment.

Consider some of these God-moments that were triggered by nature …

 Psalm 8:3-4a When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is man (humanity) that you are mindful of him?

Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. [Imagine standing on a beach or in the middle of a desert and coming to this realization.]

The Fall colors are coming soon, consider carving out some space in your family’s schedule to be out in God’s world and be watching for Him to show up.