God is Real–Part Five

How do I know God is real?  It simple: I’ve experienced Him in amazing ways.  Today’s example is pretty zany and funny.  I was in the Dominican Republic with my friend, Mindy, to introduce her to her sponsored child (I had already met him on a previous trip, and Mindy had become his sponsor).  We were headed to the Haitian border the next day but on this particular day we were returning from a trip by van into the country.  During a rest stop I went to get back on the bus, not knowing that they were hosing it down on the opposite side.  With a great whoosh! all the mud, grease and grime came flying up from under the van and splattered all over my khaki pants.  They were blackened from the grease and mud.

In the morning, after my shower, I said to Mindy, “I’m going to wear the same pants that got splattered yesterday, because I’ll just get them dirty again today,” and put them on.  She said, “Those aren’t the same pants; they’re perfectly clean.”  I looked down and she was right.  She didn’t believe they were the same pants, and we argued while I let her look through my luggage because I didn’t have any other khakis.  But they were now spotless.  She exclaimed, “Jesus did the laundry while we were sleeping!”  Now, I know that seems ridiculous, but think about it:  as we discussed, we were heading to child development centers to visit precious Compassion kids near the Haitian border.  Perhaps it was important that we appear clean and spotless, representing our Lord, and also give honor to the children, by giving them our best.  That was the only reason we could think of for the little “miracle” that day.  Our God is real!  But the next story is going to be amazing–watch for it on Friday!

For previous posts in my “God is Real” series, click below:

God is Real–Part One (a baby that nearly didn’t make it to birth)

God is Real–Part Two (a specific healing, and one that was not a healing)

God is Real–Part Three (a hurtful e-mail)

God is Real–Part Four (pain)

Worms

People often ask me what happens to siblings of sponsored children that are not sponsored through Compassion.  My answer is that everyone in the family benefits from the sponsorship, and it’s true.  Families take great joy in reading letters from the sponsor.  The parents are able to attend classes on parenting, nutrition and health.  Children share what they’re learning with others, and often bring food home to siblings.  Sometimes they share what they have with their whole neighborhood, as far as it will go.  I know one young man from Africa who tore up paper and broke pencils in pieces to share with others, since he was the only one in school (besides the teacher) with paper and pencils (due to his sponsorship).  Children in developing countries usually love to share, and they celebrate with those who have special opportunities, such as receiving a letter from their sponsor, attending school, or having access to health care.

But yes, there are many children that are not being sponsored, and families who do not have even one child sponsored.  Does Compassion’s ministry benefit them as well?  Yes, take a look at the following video.  In addition, entire communities benefit from sponsored children who grow up to become leaders in their society–teachers, health professionals, engineers, politicians and more.  Compassion’s ministry has a huge impact on their communities, far beyond what we can even imagine.  Watch to see how this entire community benefited from the Compassion center.

Birthdays

Here is a video from Compassion that talks about birthdays.  Is it possible to sponsor a child on their birthday?  Yes!  At this link you can sponsor a child that is having a birthday today.  Can you sponsor a child that shares your birth date?  Absolutely.  At the same link notice that you can “search for a child” (on the right side) and even choose the date of their birth.  Many people sponsor a child for each of their own children, choosing children that share the exact same birth dates.  How cool is that?  Take a look at this great video:

https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/child-biography.htm?gid=07663895&referer=44026

Wheelchair Not Needed

This is an older film from Compassion, but it’s a good one. It shows just how far special funds, aside from sponsorship funds, can help a child in need.

Parents Dream

Do parents in developing countries have big dreams for their children?  Yes, of course they do!  But those dreams are not often realized.  Take a look at this video and you will see how important and real these dreams are, and also see the solution to bringing those dreams to fruition.

Four Alumni

This is a great video from Compassion International–detailing true stories of four formerly sponsored children.   Here you can see how very important it is to help unsponsored children such as these kids here.

From Poverty to Pastor

Here is another excellent story from Compassion. Some of our sponsored children aspire to be pastors like the one that has helped them in their own Child Development Center. This is true of my sponsored boy in Kenya — Muuo — and I really hope he accomplishes his goal. It’s been on his heart for many years; his brother is a pastor already and now he wants to do the same. Please enjoy this video about a formerly sponsored child that is now a pastor, and who has a huge impact on many children today.