My children’s Ministry sponsors a little boy named Sat in India. My wife and I sponsor another girl, also from India. What we do may not seem to be missions work, but it is. World Vision is making a difference every day in communities by teaching farmers how to irrigate crops, providing vaccinations to children, giving solar powered lamps to students to do their studies at night, providing livestock to families to start businesses by selling eggs or milk, and sharing about our wonderful Savior.
I doubt that I’ll ever meet Sat or Kamini, the girl my wife and I sponsor, in person. But I enjoy watching them grow in their letters and progress reports, hearing about the things that they learn, and knowing that we are making a difference in two communities that would otherwise be left hopelessly impoverished.
Is God calling you to make a difference but you don’t know how or don’t feel equipped…?
If any of you are interested in making a difference in a community overseas, I have several children from World Vision in my office (info packets, not actual kids) who are in need of sponsorship. Even in our rough economy, we largely enjoy the things that we want to enjoy. These children and their families live on less that what you would spend going to our coke machine each day. Sponsorship provide them with education, health care, and supplies. It also provides training for the family and the community in agriculture, clean running water, and other needs while also sharing about the love of Jesus.
The cost is $35 a month. You have a chance to interact with your child by writing them and getting responses and progress reports, and you make a difference in an entire community.
If you would be interested in such ministry, please let me know. If you do decide to sponsor a child you can also get a $20 gift certificate from Family Christian Stores, who partner with World Vision, as a thank you.
I know most of us (none of us?) are swimming in extra cash, but I would ask you to consider and ask the Lord about being involved in this different kind of missions work.