Get Involved, Missions Monday, Prayer

Compassion International

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!

Get Involved, Missions Monday

World Vision

What’s it like to be hungry?  This last week, the youth in my church found out as we participated in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine.  While our hunger was temporary, the absence of nourishing food is a way of life for over 925 million people worldwide, leading to the death of one child from hunger or hunger-related causes every 12 seconds.  To put that in perspective, at least one child lost their life in just the time that it took you to read this paragraph.

World Vision wants to see these statistics change and is teaming up with people like you and me to make it happen.  Check out the Advocacy Center to find out how you can make a difference by hosting a poverty meal or leading a campaign to fight hunger in your own community.  Join the college Activism Network and get involved by raising hunger awareness amongst your family and friends.  Or, if you have some spare change lying around, you may even consider funding a livestock gift, a clean water project, or even sponsoring a child.  There are plenty of ways to make a difference, so take the time to explore the site and discover which ones are right for you!