Trickle-down Compassion

My wife and I are days away from the arrival of our first child.

It’s a crazy time when you know that you are on the edge of such a life-changing experience. The end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another.

It is both exciting and nerve-racking … but ultimately… it’s just exciting! But one thing I know is that during our nine months of preparation to meet our daughter, we have been given the incredible gift of “Trickle-Down Compassion” and kindness by dozens of loved-ones.

“Trickle-Down Compassion” is sort of a silly term, but I think it fits. While any use of the phrase “trickle-down” harkens to 1980s U.S. politics and Reagonomics, I’m referring to it in the sense that there are indirect or secondary beneficiaries of a given activity.

In my situation, so many people have expressed love, kindness and compassion to my yet-to-be born daughter. So much so … that I am blessed by it. I’m not often the primary recipient of these acts of love, but I certainly benefit! It gives me incredible joy and confidence to know that my little girl is going to be supported, cared for, loved and protected by people other me!

My wife was reflecting on this experience the other day. She said, “As I think about what is important to me, I think about how I want my daughter to grow up in a community of love and support. I want people to pray for her, see her potential and encourage her. That’s exactly what a sponsor does!  Child sponsorship communicates to the child that they are loved, prayed for, and that they have potential – so much potential that someone very far away wants to support them!”

My wife and I have both visited Food for the Hungry (FH) fields and seen the support that child sponsorship brings to families first hand.

A mother feels blessed to know that other people in this world are caring for her child by helping her to provide tangible resources, so her child can go to school, have access to clean water and a nutritious meal … but also her child is showered with prayers. This gives a mother incredible confidence and peace to know her child is loved the world over!

The mother of a sponsored child is a benefactor of trickle-down compassion. She isn’t the primary recipient of the gift, but she certainly feels the love!

When you sponsor a child, you are not only helping a vulnerable child thrive, you are also strengthening and blessing the family and community around the child. I can relate to this beautiful trickle-down of compassion. And I’m sure many of you can as well!

About David Curtis

David is passionate about two things: Walking with the poor, and the New England Patriots. His interest in understanding and advocating for the poor began while spending the summer in rural South Africa, where he worked alongside a fellow 19 year old at an orphanage. The juxtaposition of life as a privileged American, with that of a determined yet struggling friend and peer from the Global South, began the trajectory of a calling to walk with the poor. Since then he has spent time working in South Africa, Indonesia and Haiti. David graduated from Calvin College as a Social Studies Teacher, combining a passion to teach with that of learning. A potent combination that strives to bring "Mutual Transformation" to the world. Go Pats!

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