Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Compassion International

I wrote about sponsoring a child through Compassion International in October.  Tuyizere is a cute little boy from Rwanda and I'm excited to get to know him better in the coming months and years.  I recently received a letter from his pastor and wanted to share an excerpt with you all.

"I wish to tell you more about this center which is supported by Compassion through our church. This program of supporting children is of great importance in the lives of the children. At the moment, we have only 36 sponsored children and 184 children who are still waiting to get sponsors.  This center started this year and the children who were chosen have very different backgrounds. Our sponsored children include orphaned children, single-parented children, and children who come from poor families but have both their parents. Generally we chose children who come from poor families, living in tiny homes with bad conditions, and who have difficulties getting enough food and clothing.  Further, these children have problems with malnutrition and diseases like malaria."

Sponsoring children at the Ryandinzi Child Development Center in Rwanda means they will have access to food, clothing, medicine, education, and the message of Christ. Just 184 children to go...

Right now, is partnering with Compassion to find sponsors for children.  Through January 31, 2011, anyone who sponsors a child and makes their first payment by credit or debit card will get a $25 gift card to!  How cool is that?

Wide Open Spaces recently wrote about signing her children up to sponsor a child through Compassion as their Christmas gift.  Throughout the year, they'll get to know the child they're sponsoring and contribute to the $38 cost.  What a beautiful way to learn about the world we live in, the cost of personal sacrifice for greater good, and how to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

So tell you incorporate giving in to your Christmas season?  How do you decide where and how to give? 

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