Working on your personal finances and improving your blog is the primary focus of Eagle Soaring Higher. Yet this year I’d to issue a challenge! Earlier this week I issued a challenge for bloggers and readers to reach out to others with a servant’s heart. Genuine interest in others is contagious and will make a huge impact! This is one way to follow through with that blog challenge and correlate it directly to finances.
2016 Challenge: Consider this year sponsoring an underprivileged child through Compassion International instead of buying lots of gifts for family or friends with things they really don’t need, may not want, and will likely not even not use.
For less than $40 a month you could really change the life of a child!
For some family’s that’s giving up eating out once or twice a month. For others it might mean reducing your Starbucks visits to once or twice a week.
Could you do that in order to change the life of a child?
You can sponsor as an individual, a family, or as a group. It’s pretty awesome! And you are investing in a child in every way: mind, body, heart, and spirit. You are also investing in this child’s family indirectly!
We have had the privilege of sponsoring for just $38 a month Johny Metellus since September 12, 2012. I must give credit where credit is due and say that this was my wife’s idea.
Johny was born 7/2/2005 so he is about to turn 11 years old. He lives in Haiti and is in the 5th grade. We are told he is above average in his school work!
He lives in the plains of Grison-Garde-Acul Du Nord, home to about 28,000 people. The closest city is Cap-Haitien which is about 17 km (or 10.5 miles away). The houses are typically constructed of cement floors, mud walls, and tin roofs.
The common health problems in the area are diarrhea, diabetes, malaria, typhoid, and hypertension. Common food eaten is corn, chicken, beans, rice, bread, and vegetables.
Most adults in Johny’s town are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $75 a month.
His family duties include running errands, cleaning, animal care, carrying water, and gathering firewood.
Johny writes to us often. He loves God and his family. His hobbies and sports include group games, soccer, playing house, singing, and listening to music. We try to write him and send pictures of our family once every few months.
His parents are married. His father sometimes finds part time work to support the family. On the side both parents farm to provide food for the family.
Tragically, Johny’s family lost their oldest boy to sickness this past year. John’s brother who passed away was just 16 years old. Please be in prayer for their family.
Sponsorship means Johny gets to participate in Christian education, health screenings, physical education, hygiene education, etiquette training. It also means Johny’s school books and uniforms are paid for. The local center sponsored by Compassion also provides literacy classes and health education for the parents of the sponsored child.
Here is the Compassion website profile for Johny.
I was reminded of this verse this week:
“And the King will say, “I tell you the truth, when you do it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
~ Matthew 25:40
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What are your favorite charities? Will you change a life today and for the future through Compassion today?