Wednesday, February 29, 2012

{Compassion} Kids are waiting

Waiting is hard.

Maybe you're waiting for your Prince Charming. Maybe you're waiting to have a baby. Perhaps you're waiting to hear the results of a medical test or whether you got that job.

Or maybe you're a child living in a poverty-stricken country and you're waiting for someone to help.

Wherever you are in life, waiting can be discouraging and draining. I waited to have a baby, praying and praying that I would become pregnant. Turns out that wasn't God's plan, but he heard the desire of my heart, which was really to have a family. In his time and his way, he put together our family. I don't think our story is over, but I'm waiting to see how it continues to unfold.

There are other kids throughout the world waiting.

They're waiting for immunizations, food, a chance to go to school, a Bible to read, life-skills training, and an opportunity to experience the kingdom of God. And you could be just the person who ends their waiting.

Through Compassion International 1.2 million children in 26 countries are kept from waiting for some of life's most basic needs. But there are more still waiting. Some have been waiting for six months or longer for someone to sponsor them. For $38/month {with at least 80 percent of that going to the actual program to help the child and not administrative costs}, you can help a specific child. You'll also have a chance to write letters of encouragement and get to know your child.

View children who needs sponsors here, and perhaps one less child will have to be waiting. When we sponsored our second child late last year, we looked for a boy who shared our son's birthday. We found a few and chose Jean Carlos in Ecuador who had been waiting.

As a bonus, when you sponsor a child from the longest-waiting list, you'll receive a free Compassion scrapbook that you can use to organize those letters you'll receive from your child. Trust me, you'll want to read them over and over again. This scrapbook is available when you sign-up for a sponsorship online and make your first payment with a credit or debit card. {This promotion is available only to U.S. residents.}

So, really, what are you waiting for?

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