what is it worth :: compassion in persepctive

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I have tears running down my face.  Dripping on my jeans.

For the past several years our family has sponsored a little boy named Eli from Tanzania.  Eli Masoda Deengw.  He’s about the same age as our oldest son, Seth.  I remember when we first got the information packet from Compassion International about Eli.  His cheeks were round when he smiled for his picture.  Now he’s growing up long and tall – a lot like Seth.

Amy and I were talking last night about our life.  What matters most to us.  We are in the between-land right now.  The prayerful place God leads us through when we don’t know what is just ahead.  Between the stable places.  We’re adjusting to a major life-change as Amy is not teaching in the Christian School she’s served for the past 15 years.  Our personal economic landscape is shifting.  We are living on less, looking for open doors, praying for provision.

But today, while snow and rain mix and fall on my roof, it’s warm and dry and cozy in our house.  We have food in our pantry and milk in our refrigerator.  Our boys are reading books and playing with toys.  We’re rich.  And whatever comes our way financially, we are committed to sponsoring Eli.  Homes in his village have dirt floors and grass roofs.  Average income for his parents is about $11 a month.  We can certainly be an extension of Jesus’ love for one boy.  We can afford Eli.

Two weeks ago, Catalyst 2009 was held in Atlanta, GA, for young Christian leaders.  Watch the video below as Jimmy Wambua meets Mark, his Compassion Sponsor of 19 years, for the first time. It’s an unbelievable moment…  This is what brought the tears to my eyes today.  Jimmy begins to share at minute 3:45.

Do you want to make a real difference in someone’s life?  Can you afford $38 a month?  Click here to sponsor a child through Compassion International today.  You can…  I’m going to write a letter to Eli.

 

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~ by jskogerboe on October 15, 2009.

5 Responses to “what is it worth :: compassion in persepctive”

  1. You did it! See . . . . you are a techie guy! Looks great :)

    • Hey friend! Actually, no… I’ve had this wordpress.com blog for awhile now. I’m hoping to upgrade to a SELF-HOSTED blog. I’ve secured a host (Dreamhost) and registered a new domain (which I’ll use once it’s functional), but I have have yet to figure out how to plug in Worpress 2.8.4 to the new host site, connect my domain name, apply a theme… all that good stuff.

      For now – this blog spot will do just fine. I can tinker with the new site construction behind the scenes as I have time.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by Julie!

  2. Josh-

    This was so stirring, my friend – So much so, that I sensed my own invitation to sponsor a child through Compassion. Dre has been sponsoring a child for the last few years, but I really believe that God would have me partner with her in sponsoring my own child as well.

    Thanks for continuing to be a significant example of Christ in my life.

    in Him,
    Ben

  3. […] what is it worth :: compassion in persepctive « jskogerboe.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/what-is-it-worth-compassion-in-persepctive – view page – cached For the past several years our family has sponsored a little boy named Eli from Tanzania. Eli Masoda Deengw. He’s about the same age as our oldest son, Seth. I remember when we first got the… (Read more)For the past several years our family has sponsored a little boy named Eli from Tanzania. Eli Masoda Deengw. He’s about the same age as our oldest son, Seth. I remember when we first got the information packet from Compassion International about Eli. His cheeks were round when he smiled for his picture. Now he’s growing up long and tall – a lot like Seth. (Read less) — From the page […]

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