This week, a group of bloggers is touring Nicaragua with Compassion International, the Christian child advocacy ministry. I’d like to invite you to follow these bloggers and witness hope in action.
One member of the Nicaragua tour is Kelly, who runs the blog Faithful Provisions. She had the privilege of meeting seven-year-old Marcos, the child whom she sponsors through Compassion International. Marcos and his grandmother welcomed Kelly into their home and told her how much her sponsorship has helped him go to school and eat nutritious meals. Like many other sponsored children, Marcos now has plans and hope for his future.
Kelly’s story reminded me of a verse I read on the wall of the kitchen at a women’s shelter where I lived five years ago:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Whether you are a homeless person in the United States or a child living in poverty in Central America, people often do not want to look you in the eye. It’s too real.
Compassionate acts really do make a difference! As the organization states in its mission statement, Compassion International works to release children from all types of poverty: spiritual, social, economic and physical. There are many ways to get involved, including sponsoring a child or following and sharing the Compassion Blog Tour.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)