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June 24, 2013

Sponsor | 5 Ways YOU can be a Light to a Child in Need

This is post is part of a summer blog series titled, “5 Ways You can be a Light to a Child in Need”. To read previous post, click here.

“Do for ONE what you wish you could do for everyone.”
— Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church

sponsorWelcome to the second installment of our our 5-part summer blog series, “5 Ways YOU can be a Light to a Child in Need”. (If you missed the previous post on prayer, check it out here.) As we are praying for children around the world and even in our neighborhood, God will call us to act, to do. Eeks! Where do we even start? How do we even begin to make an impact on 147 million orphans in our world?

I’ve have good news…you don’t have to. God isn’t calling us to save the world; He has His own plans for that. But He does ask us to join Him in the work He is doing, in ways that may touch one child or a thousand. And really, it doesn’t matter how many, He asks us to be faithful and obedient to His call. So, where is a good place to start?

Start with ONE…Sponsoring a child is an amazing way to continue the process of being lights to children in need. It intentionally connects our heart with the heart and need of someone across the world. Sometimes it involves interaction, letter-writing, gift-giving, but most of all, prayer and sacrificial love on behalf of someone else because of a sacrifice that was given to us through Christ.

At the mention of sponsorship, you may be thinking…

It just doesn’t fit in our budget.
Because sponsorship isn’t a one-time gift, but an ongoing commitment, sometimes it’s hard financially to make the step. In this case, think creatively! Consider sponsoring a child with your small group, extended family, Sunday School class or even as a business to make the commitment manageable. (Watch a video of an Arizona day care committed to sponsorship!)

I’m skeptical of the actual impact of child sponsorship.
If you have questions about sponsorship and the true impact it has, I encourage you to read Christianity Today’s article titled “Want to Change the World? Sponsor a Child”where top economists research and explain the influence sponsorship has on a child.

I’m already sponsoring a child (or children).
Excellent! If you are currently sponsoring a child–even several children–I would ask you to consider thinking of their unsponsored classmates. Become an advocate and voice for the friends of your sponsored child by taking opportunities to let people know about the need!

I’m in! Where do I sign-up?
There are many of organizations that offer child sponsorship; I encourage you to do your research. Find an organization that you trust and believe in, one that lines up to your family’s values.  If you are interested in sponsoring a child that we serve through our in-country orphan care initiatives:

Consider sponsoring a child in…

Ethiopia | Honduras | Liberia | Ukraine | Zambia

*Note: 100% of sponsorship funds received go directly to the need — helping orphans.
No administrative fees are deducted.

Today, share in a comment the name of your sponsored child and why you sponsor OR your thoughts on sponsorship.

 

be a light giveaway

Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY!

At the end of this 5-part series, we will be giving away a prize package that includes:

Lifesong T-shirt*
Zambian-made Messenger Bag
Zambian-made Beaded Necklace 

Be sure to follow along & comment throughout to increase your chances of winning!
(1 comment/post, 5 maximum entries)

 

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Comments

11 Responses to “Sponsor | 5 Ways YOU can be a Light to a Child in Need”

  1. Kelli Moore says:

    I love this series! And I love the giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing the link from Christianity Today on Child Sponsorship. I can’t wait to share that article as we talk about sponsorship with our church body. You’re doing a great job; thanks for all you do!

  2. Cristalle Turner says:

    So excited for this series and this giveway!

  3. Brandi W says:

    I appreciate the link also. We sponsor a small orphanage in Haiti now that was brought to our attention by our Pastor. Our family has a heart for adoption and God has opened doors lately for us to be a part of adoption even though we are not in a season where we are able to actually adopt.

  4. Erin says:

    I just read the article from Christianity Today on child sponsorship a few days ago. Amazing, quantifiable results! I wonder how I had no idea that LifeSong does child sponsorship. Our “little” guy just graduated and we’re praying about where/how to jump back in.

    Thanks!

  5. Denise says:

    I LOVE the quote, “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” Sometimes the big picture is overwhelming, but looking at one piece is doable!

  6. Kindra says:

    We sponsor Leadina. We want her and her mom to know that we care and how important education is!

  7. JIm says:

    Glad to be partnering with LFO. Together we’ve helped families adopt children from around the world and now we’re moving into sponsoring orphanages and children. Can’t say enough good about this ministry!

  8. Lisa says:

    Thank you for reminding us to “do for one”. The need does seem overwhelming. Thanks for being a great resource on this and many other topics!

  9. Allison says:

    Sponsorship is so key and even if you can’t adopt right now or you can’t travel right now to help hands on you can help by sponsoring!! We sponsor a child right now through a different organization but love hearing all of these opportunities available to make a difference!

  10. Ashley says:

    we have seen the difference sponsoring can make for a child….life-altering!

  11. Rachel says:

    thanks for the ideas!