As I work in Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry, one of my great joys is to watch churches partner through child sponsorship. I love this way of engaging a church because it allows every individual and family in the church to get personally involved.
A Unique Relationship
Have you ever stopped to consider what a privilege it is to have a relationship with a child and his/her family in another part of the world? Sponsoring a child has been meaningful in my family, not only because we’re blessing the life of a little girl named Noemi and her family in Peru, but also because our own lives are blessed. My children, my husband and I are different people—more generous, more informed, and happier—because we sponsor Noemi.
Opportunity for Your Church
What if your church spent one Sunday this year sharing about child sponsorship? You’d see dozens of children sponsored through your church body. That would mean dozens of families thriving in a developing country, and dozens of families in your church transformed by starting a relationship with a child. We have developed Justice Sunday for churches like yours. Through our website, you can request child sponsorship packets, find stories about children in poverty and download sermon outlines. You can even get a four-week curriculum for small groups. Whether you decide to devote an entire church service or just a few minutes to telling your congregation about the needs of children around the world, you’ll be fulfilling Micah 6:8.