Challenge: Have Some Compassion!

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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? 

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

28 Comments

  1. I don’t know this group, but I’m pleased to have your endorsement of it as legitimate. This kind of sponsorship is truly a gift of compassion. We do other things, but maybe this is something we need to consider.
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    • Tara, I agree Compassion has a great mission. We love attending their traveling events. We weren’t able to make it last year but we attended one in 2013 and another in 2014. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  2. Such a wonderful idea to sponsor for an underprivileged child which could change their life very much. And I think Compassion International is doing a great job in helping them & there are many untold stories like Johny around us!

    • Lisa, helping underprivileged children is a great cause I agree! I’m sure there are a ton of kids out there like Johny whose lives are changed. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • De, it is such a difficult situation in Haiti as they are one of the poorest countries in the world. Yes, do pray about how you can be involved. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Lisa, it’s so true that there are people hurting all around us. You don’t have to go overseas to find someone in need. Wether it’s Compassion or another organization do get involved in helping others! Thanks for reading!

  3. Jonathan is so awesome to see an amazing orgnaization fulfilling a mission to the those who are less fortunate. I often will mail a donation when I recieve mailers from Compassion.

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