what is it worth :: compassion in perspective

October 15, 2009

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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.

Catalyst 2009 Compassion Moment from Catalyst on Vimeo.

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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Psalm 24:7 & Luke 10:42 >> Like David, and Mary, I'm in pursuit of my one thing. I'm the Pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery, IL. Pastor, teacher, writer, communicator, designer, and drummer. I definitely got the better deal in my marriage to Amy. And I couldn't be any more proud of my five amazing boys. Deeply grateful.