Day 7: Compassion is as compassion does

The book of James leaves no room for Compassion that cries a tear, raises an applause for missions, throws in pocket change, and goes back to regular life.

Compassion is as compassion does.

About 4 years ago, I began a new journey of following Jesus.  I’d believed Jesus was real long before that, but I never saw the connect to following Him until I started reading His Word.  I gave my life to Him and, since then, I’ve found that He doesn’t just take that moment of your life.  Jesus wants your life: all of it.  And when you give your life to Him, you find out that what you were really giving up was death, and what He is really giving you back in its place is life eternal.

On September 2, 2010, Jesus introduced me to a 3-year-old girl some 9,000 miles away who He would use to shatter the way I used to think about giving.

Mingkwan

Mingkwan, the one & only

Mingkwan lives in a community where most adults don’t have work to support them, but those who do earn an equivalent of $27 a month.

At her Compassion-funded church center, Mingkwan is able to receive help like

  • physical checkups
  • health and nutrition education
  • and field trips.

The only opportunity Mingkwan or her unsaved family have to hear about Christ, that I know of, is through this Compassion-funded church center.

Because Mingkwan goes to a Compassion center, she has

  • adults who care about her and will check on her if she stops showing up (a preventative against children being sold into sex trafficking)
  • adults who will check on and help her physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being through the love of Jesus Christ.

Through gifts I have given her for birthdays and for her family (100% of which go directly to Mingkwan), Mingkwan has gotten a bike and her family has gotten a pig.  I have discovered that a bike and a pig are far more important to me than a night out on town or a new outfit.  I love that bike and I love that pig.  They remind me that I can make a little difference in this world, always through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Thousands of children and their families came to Jesus Christ last year through Compassion’s Christ-honoring outreach.

Can I level with you?  Talking about Compassion is a heavy responsibility, because this ministry is changing the lives of children in some of the world’s poorest countries, both now and eternally.  I can have a sense of dread, that, if I mess this up, precious children who God knows by name will miss out. And yet I am unshakably convinced that there is nothing I can do to get you to care about missions, whoever you are.  There is nothing I could say here, no pictures I could show, and no videos, that will convince you to experience the delirious joy of loving for the sake of Jesus.  It is the work of God alone.

Compassion is as compassion does.

You don’t just feel compassion.  You show compassion.  It’s a either you will or you won’t.  However you choose, I hope you realize that Jesus already made His choice when He paid the greatest price to save us.

Compassion is as compassion does.

If God has made your heart heavy for this ministry, sponsor a child today, this moment, now.

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. (Isaiah 58:7, NLT)

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