Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

My oldest shoves a Big Mac in his mouth while listening to his iPod and watching a movie on the drop down dvd player in our Suburban as we shuttle him from school to football to soccer to band practice. You would think he knows nothing of poverty, of reaching those who don't have, who can't have, who won't have.

Except that he has a picture of Leah on his bathroom mirror, and another one up on our fridge. He prays for her. He is excited to get her letters in the mail, hear what she is learning, find out what chores and activities she does with her family. His is shocked that Leah and her friends probably do not have legos, and he is more thankful for the ones he has. He is shocked that kids where Leah lives are waiting for someone to sponsor them so they can go to school and have an education. He is thankful that he is getting an education, even though it can be hard and tiring at times.

My other three children have pictures of their kids up on their mirrors, too. "Mom, I wonder what Onesmo wants for Christmas?" was the thought that came from my youngest just the other day.

Fighting poverty begins with not just realizing it exists, and not just with doing something about it. It begins with us educating our children, exposing them, teaching them, showing them what they can do to help. We can do our part to reach people suffering around the world, but if we don't teach our children, our part will stop when we stop. It will pass when we pass.

Sponsoring a child through Compassion International gives that child a chance at life. But when you involve your children, it gives them a chance to give life.

By ourselves we cannot change the world, but we can change someone's world.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

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The Troll said...

I like the fact that you get your spoiled kids involved.

Angela said...

If your definition of spoiled includes an 11 year old boy working very hard to win an iPod that his parents wouldn't buy him, then, yes. And I tend to view sports and learning to play bass on the youth worship team as developing discipline and self-confidence. But we all have our own definitions. I'm glad you agree that it's important for our children to be involved.

Summer said...

I am just like your kiddos...waiting for a letter for my compassion gal. It's wonderful to hear that they are praying for their kids too! LOVE IT!

*emmy said...

My girls each have a sponsored child too! I guess I will have to get baby #3 one too when she arrives. Yes, it is a great way to teach them to reach out to others to the needy and teach them God's love. My girls love praying for thier sponsored child every night, it just warms my heart =^).