Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Truly Christian Charity

We just received our newest copy of the Compassion magazine yesterday. Compassion is a Christian charity that provides one-on-one sponsorship of poor children, and has been doing so for over 40 years.

One of the things that thrills me about Compassion is their enthusiastic, explicit commitment to bringing not only supplies but the gospel to the children they look after. In big, bold letters on the back cover of the magazine is the following:

Compassion believes... Jesus Christ is the only way

It is for this reason that every child in our care is regularly presented with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and given a chance to respond. A relationship with God can only come through the acceptance and forgiveness of His Son. Although Compassion holds this as a core principle, children are never coerced into making a proclamation of faith. Ministering to children of many different cultures and religious background, we know that food, healthcare and education alone are not enough. We choose to present the eternal hope that only Christ offers.
If you are a believer considering sponsoring a child through one of the many sponsorship agencies that exist, I urge you to examine the God-oriented witness of the agency.

One very large agency comes to mind, whose advertisements we have all seen. But search their web site, and you will find no commitment to the gospel, only a description of themselves as a "Christian humanitarian organization." That's it. No talk of God. No talk of the gospel.

Praise God for Compassion! Praise God for an organization committed to His glory, as well as to serving the poor! As their motto says, "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name."