How poor is poor? Well, according to world poverty statistics, if you make an annual income of more than $11,456 a year, you are among the blessed 16% who comprise the world’s richest people. If you make more than $3,706, you’re in the top 25%. Over 1.4 billion people around the globe are living on less than $1.25 a day – well below the poverty line. This lack of income affects everything from educational opportunities (if you can read this post, be grateful that you aren’t part of the nearly 900 million people worldwide who cannot) to healthcare.
While most of us can’t do anything of substance for most of these people, we can make a real difference in individual lives. By sponsoring a child through Compassion International, you can provide Biblical training, healthcare, education, and opportunities for advancement to one child living in the clutches of poverty. For that one child, your involvement makes a lasting imprint, bringing hope to a seemingly hopeless situation.
Don’t have the ability to give? There are plenty of other opportunities Get Involved. Join with others around the world as a Prayer Partner (check out the 52 Ways to Pray for Children link), host a Compassion Sunday at your church, or add a Compassion Widget to your Facebook page or website. However you choose to participate, be assured that your contribution will make a world of difference!