The children matter to God and they matter to us. From the very early days in our church, our desire has always been to look to the needs of others; that we would be moved by compassion for the plight of others; and that empathy and compassion would then allow us to make a difference to the world around us.
For over two decades, we have aligned with Compassion, an organisation that assists local churches to make a difference in some of the poorest communities in our world, to bring hope and breakthrough to children born into extreme poverty.
By the grace of God, over 112 000 children have been sponsored globally through our church services and conferences and like many of you, over the years, Brian and I have witnessed our sponsored children grow through the Compassion program and go on to lead fulfilled lives in their communities and beyond. (Brian often jokes that he can’t retire because I keep adding more children every time an opportunity presents itself!)
Every child, regardless of where they are born and what circumstances they are born into are inherently precious to the Father heart of God. Therefore, as Christians we are compelled to do what we can, so that these children have the opportunity to become all that they can be.
With that in mind, church, this Sunday is our annual Compassion Sunday, where we seek to highlight the needs of these children that Compassion assist across the world. We have heard this year, how this global pandemic has forced those who are most vulnerable into even more dire circumstances and this weekend, and we have an opportunity to help ease the burden placed on families in these desperate times.
We are so mindful that many generously stretch to receive another sponsor child into their family at conference times. 2020 and COVID restrictions have compromised our ability to host our conferences, so now could be the perfect opportunity to receive another little one who is waiting patiently for a sponsor family somewhere in the world
Together let’s prayerfully consider the part we can play and believe to see many more children find hope for their future in Jesus’ name.
As always, Compassion and the families recipient of help are endlessly and eternally grateful. Thank you.