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Lee Raney

Sponsoring Fernanda in Ecuador

Sharing Love with Kids in Need

We had our first son just over two years ago, and seeing the joy he gets from two loving parents, not to mention grandparents, our church, and many others, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to be an orphan in a third-world country, stuck in poverty and even worse, feeling that no one loves you or cares.

But I can imagine it, because I have seen it. If you have ever visited a 3rd world country, and seen people living in poverty, the experience will never leave you.

My wife and I decided to start sponsoring children through Compassion, realizing that we could change a child's life forever for just $32 a month. That is less than we spend on one meal if we go out to eat at a medium-priced restaurant. And I hate to say it, but it is a lot less than I spend at Starbucks in a month.

Does that mean I shouldn't enjoy my grande Cafe Mocha's? Should I feel guilty because we just bought a new car? NO! God loves me, and has blessed me, and wants me to have nice things, just like any father wants good things for his children. But I also know that God has blessed me...and all Christians (especially in the U.S. and other developed countries) so we can help others.

As a Christian, it is sad for me to see on T.V. how movie stars like Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting a lot of glory and publicity for helping children around the world (great that they are doing that...children need help from people of all religions and beliefs), but millions of Christians in this country are still doing nothing on a monthly basis to help children in need. The church in the United States could wipe out child poverty if we would just respond with the love of Jesus to the cries of children around the world!

So the question is not about being guilty, but about giving something back and discovering the joy that comes from blessing someone else's life! I love that we are able to sponsor children in need ...I know I can't change the world (not today anyway) ...but today- this month- I am making a difference in the life of our sponsored child!