A little over three years ago we started sponsoring through Compassion International. It was a life changing decision for us. It was more than just a decision to give up a portion of our income every month so a little girl in India would be able to go to school and have at least one meal a day. Choosing to sponsor has literally changed our lives. It has changed how we view our spending, our money, and our perspective on those in poverty.
It was because we sponsored Nikita that we now have this passion for India (I could go on and on with you of how my heart longs to rest my feet on her soil).
Sponsorship really does change lives.
I’m sharing our story because my dear, dear friend Alece leaves for Ethiopia today with Food For the Hungry. She and the rest of the blogging team will spend a week seeing and learning what Food For the Hungry is doing on the ground in Ethiopia.
I encourage you to follow them as they share their experiences.
They will have a live Twitter chat (with a give away of locally crafted Ethiopian crafts) on July 12. You can find out more information about that here.
If you’re thinking that a trip like this is frivolous and unnecessary, I’d simply like to say that we first sponsored because of a blogger’s trip Compassion took to India. It was because we saw and read what the bloggers saw. There was no padding. We shared their tears and their journey from half a world away. So yes….these trips work. We’re living testimonies of this.
Pray for their time there and for them. Pray for the children they will be meeting and that many children will be sponsored.