I suppose the title of this post could be read two ways. It could mean "why should we have compassion", or it could mean " why should we support Compassion". This post will try to answer both of these questions, at least from my point of view. A couple of years ago I was reading my Bible and while reading 1 John 3:17 "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." I was suddenly struck by the truth and the power in this verse. How could I say I love God, while ignoring the pain and suffering of those whom God loves just as deeply as myself? I realized my heart was closed towards my
fellow man and that I was loving in word only. Hebrews 4: 12 says: "For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." That was when the Lord changed me and gave me a heart of compassion. I had been pierced by His living Word, and knew it was time for a change. I began thinking of ways I could become involved in helping the poor and needy people in the world. After much prayer, soul searching , and web surfing, I realized that my focus would have to be on helping children. So, the search began for a ministry that focused on supporting children in the impoverished areas of the world. The first criteria that this ministry needed to have was that it had to be Christ centered. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" Mat. 16:26. This criteria narrowed the field quite a bit, and from the few that were left, it quickly became apparent that Compassion was who I needed to be associated with. There are many reasons why Compassion stands above the rest in their field: consistently high ratings, high percentage of income going to missions rather than administrative costs, etc. But the two reasons that sold me were 1. Their strong focus on Jesus Christ, and 2. Their holistic approach to tackling the problems of hunger and poverty. This holistic approach is Christ centered, church based, and provides the means necessary for the child to thrive spiritually, economically, physically, and socially. While I don't have room to completely explain their holistic approach here in this post, I strongly suggest you visit their website and see how their system is designed and why it works so well. Their sponsorship program is exceptional and is one of the main reasons that after being the sponsor of a beautiful little girl from Ethiopia named Hana for about a year, I became an advocate for Compassion. A decision which I have never regretted. So that is the answer to the second part of "why Compassion". They are truly a wonderful Christian child advocacy ministry with a world class program, and a world class record of helping young children grow and develop into healthy, mature, well adjusted, compassionate, Christian adults. Please click here to check them out.
Soli Deo Gloria
Soli Deo Gloria