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‘Tis the Season to Give Back

By Mochocki @mochocki

Do you ever think I’m only one person, I can’t change the world!

I used to think this. Then I sponsored a child.

We have an outdoor festival our area called LifeLight. It is a free three-day event that brings Christian bands and speakers together.

At the event, LifeLight promoted one of their partners, Food for the Hungry. They are an organization similar to World Vision and Compassion International, who bring medical supplies, food, and Christ’s love. The volunteers at LifeLight walk through the crowd with small folders that have a child’s picture on it.

Well, back in 2008, Jordan and I decided to sponsor a child. Our child, Terekegn, is from Ethiopia. We get letters and cards from him. Each year we receive an annual progress report from the workers in his village that tell us how our child is doing in school.

In the last card we received, Terekegn drew a picture of the hut he lives in.

‘Tis the Season to Give Back

Drawing from Terekegn of his Hut

These children are so innocent. We can learn so much from them. When I first decided to sponsor a child, I thought I was just doing God’s work by helping the poor. Proverbs 31: 8-9 says:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Little did I know, however, that I am probably benefiting just as much, if not more, than my sponsored child. I have learned so much from Terekegn. His letters always say how he is thankful for us. I am thankful for him.

The picture of Terekegn is on our fridge. Each time I see his face, I say a little prayer.

It is amazing how an act of kindness we put out in the world can end up benefiting us. I have no idea where Terekegn will end up when he gets older or what job he will have. All I know is that I am doing what I can to help make Terekegn’s world a better to place to live in. I can only hope he will pay it forward.

Consider giving a child sponsorship as a gift this Christmas season. Don’t we all have enough stuff?

What do you do to help make the world a better place? Leave a comment below!

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