on compassion


Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. – Hebrews 13:3 

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That’s a hard one, isn’t. it? It’s not usually that we don’t care. It’s that we feel compelled to guard ourselves from suffering. We don’t want to see others in pain, and we certainly don’t seek to suffer ourselves. 

What comes with compassion through a great faith is belief that God would honor our efforts toward the needy just as He honored the efforts of Christ when He raised Him from the dead – as He honors Christ even today in my own heart, which should be buried unbeating deep below my shortcomings but is instead alive and flowing, nurtured, taught, and fed. 

These are just words here. That’s all you get from me – only words – not a window into my actions, not a token of how often I extend my hands or withdraw them to my own pockets. 

I’ve only taken a few true opportunities to reach out. I have many excuses, but it’s mostly because I am usually the one on the receiving end of a rescue. I have been the one in my spirit – and not knowing it – saying, “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Save now.

One at a time – that’s how He does it. When He saved me, it was just me way down in my hungry soul. I think that’s what is so different about Compassion International. They serve the little ones, “the least of these,” one at a time. They’ve gone way out of their way to make us aware and to give us a way to serve. And it’s not much to give for us, but it’s everything to the ones on the receiving end. 

I want to learn as much as I can about Compassion International, and I’m wondering if you’ll learn about it with me. I’m watching someone from a distance, and she’s about to be swept up in their work, and I’ll tell you about her tomorrow.

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8 Comments

Kari
Reply February 15, 2009

Hello!!
I am visiting you over from Steph @ Adventures in Babywearing! So happy to "meet you"...this is my first time here. :D Yay!!! Our family sponsors a little boy, Syrus (who lives in Uganda) through Compassion and it is the coolest thing EVER!!! Can't wait to see who you are introducing...whoohoo! I've totally subscribed and hope to come back soon...have a great Sunday evening, God bless!

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Jessica
Reply February 16, 2009

I am guessing you are watching Angie from afar as I am. These precious babies are tugging on my heart.

Amber
Reply February 16, 2009

Kari - thank you! Oh, I'm so pumped to be getting the material soon about a little girl in Ethiopia. Our hope is that when we go there to adopt, we'll be able to visit her and meet her face to face. Wouldn't that be so cool?

Jessica - Who's Angie? Please do tell.

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
Reply February 16, 2009

I've been learning about Compassion over the last several months from a few bloggers who've gone on their trips. It seems strange to say it's changed my life, but it has. Learning about this has changed me.

Amber
Reply February 16, 2009

Mary! I love that!

I promise that I'm so dumb and rebellious sometimes. I have ignored all the Compassion buttons because everybody had them on their blogs (like I do now). I just expected cliche. BUT, when I finally clicked on one from Shannon @ Rocks in My Dryer, I couldn't stop looking at their faces. I read their Mission Statement. I studied whether or not all the money goes to the children.

There is this one little girl that I couldn't get out of my head. I can't pronounce her name. I love her. She's beautiful. I'd travel there tomorrow to meet her. I didn't buy a pair of blue jeans today, and I thought of her. That may be a miracle. I'm so selfish. Hear my heart.

Jessica
Reply February 16, 2009

meet angie...

http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-loved-jesus-in-night.html

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
Reply February 17, 2009

I hear your heart, Amber. I'm ashamed to say that in the past, when I'd seen pictures of sponsored kids on my friend, Jenni's, fridge, I mentally rolled my eyes. Like she was doing something annoying by giving of herself and her resources!! So sad...sad that I was missing out on this amazing thing that Compassion is doing. So sad that I was hardened and cynical.

I look forward to learning more with Robin and the others going on the India trip, too!

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LeighAnn
Reply February 18, 2009

Our family also sponsors a child from Compassion International and it is such a blessing to us and is a great teaching tool for our 5 and 3-year old boys. I can't look at all of those children without crying and being oh, so grateful for the life that God blessed us with even when we don't deserve it.

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