gifts of compassion

December 18, 2010

I've mentioned before that I got to meet with several formerly sponsored Compassion children from Kenya (who are now adults) who spent the summer here completing an internship program.

One of the moments that has stuck with me was the time we spent talking about how they came to be enrolled in Compassion's program in their community. We were all sitting on comfortable couches at a friend's house. Maureen was speaking and she said something like, "Before Compassion, breakfast and lunch were luxuries.  And if we got dinner, it was something we had found in someone else's trash."

As I was trying to imagine what that would be like--to live a life where basic meals were considered luxuries--, I looked down and saw my 3-year-old daughter standing next to the coffee table that was covered with bowls and bowls of candy. There was quite the selection--Skittles, M and M's, Starbursts, jellybeans, not to mention cookies, pretzels, and other was a feast of sweets.

But that wasn't really what struck me. What struck me was the conversation she was having with another little girl. She was choosing candies and explaining which ones she liked (chocolate M and Ms) and which ones she did not like (peanut M and Ms) and therefore, would not eat.

What a contrast! I was sitting in the room with a woman who at Juliet's age was digging through people's trash to find her one meal a day and here is my child who is blessed enough to have 3 meals a day, plus snacks, and the privilege to be picky about what kind of candy she puts in her mouth.

It made me sad--not that Juliet has candy preferences--but that Maureen had to grow up in a situation like that. That her mother didn't have the chance to go to sleep at night knowing her kids were fed--a blessing I that I not only enjoy, but take for granted every night.

Now, I have never actually been to one of these projects, but my husband has. Because he works for Compassion, he gets to travel overseas to visit the projects.
How awesome is this job?! (I'm secretly jealous. Okay, maybe not secretly.) 
He is always coming home from his trips with tons of pictures of him with beautiful children that he gets to meet and spend time with--children enrolled in Compassion's sponsorship program.

You don't have to be a sponsor to help kids like these this Christmas, because you can give a gift to a child living in poverty through the gifts of Compassion Catalogue.  I like that there are practical gifts such as mosquito nets, soccer balls, vaccinations, etc.  There are gifts large and small that can help a family in need.

If you are looking for a way to give to those in need this Christmas, check out their gifts today!

1 comment:

kristie@thedecorologist said...

thanks for this important post. my husband and i have been sponsoring a compassion child for over 3 years now. what a worthy cause.

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