Children Sponsoring Children

Nothing inspires hope like children helping other children. As they reach out to others, you can see children learning about the joy of giving and the difference they can make.

Pastor Lloyd Baker of Streams Church in Goodyear, Ariz., is putting into practice an innovative idea to teach U.S. children how to care for children living in poverty. It involves child sponsorship and pennies.

But a little backstory first…Streams Church partnered with Food for the Hungry (FH) last year. FH helps churches extend their mission to the developing world by facilitating teams and child sponsorship in Food for the Hungry communities.

So to develop a mission’s heart in his church’s children, Pastor Baker and his team created a “penny war” at Streams Church’s Vacation Bible School. The children competed with each other to bring in pennies every day to help children living in poverty.

Blessing Four Children

Pastor Baker shared with me that the children at his church raised enough money to sponsor four children for a year with Food for the Hungry. Here you can listen to Pastor Baker tell the story in his own words.

Penny Wars Help Sponsor Children from Food for the Hungry on Vimeo.



Children Inspiring Hope

This is Norally from of many children waiting to be sponsored.

I am thrilled with our partnership with churches like Streams Church.  I was deeply moved by this concept of children sponsoring children.

In a day when so many are decreasing their giving and contributions…these children inspire hope to children in the developing world. But they also inspire hope to people, like me, to keep fighting to help the poor of this world.

I hope you are inspired by their story, too. You can change the life of a child in the developing world…just like these children did in Goodyear, Ariz., by sponsoring a child today. Here’s a big thanks to all the churches out there working to end poverty around the world.

About Tim Smith

Tim Smith has more than 35 years of experience with non-profit organizations in administration, management and fund development. Smith has advised numerous NPO's in leadership, organization and major funding development. He is widely recognized as a leading authority in these fields. His book, "Donors Are People Too" is required reading for many NPO's committed to a ministry-based philosophy when developing a major funding program.Currently, he serves as Chief Development Officer for Food for the Hungry in Phoenix, Ariz.

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