This is a new revelation for me! I got it from a book “Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It could change your life. In fact, it could save the world, one child at a time!
Katie is a woman who at the age of 18 started on a journey that would change her life, and the lives of over 400 children in Uganda. She just does what God puts in front of her to do, which is to help children in need. Katie says that there are 143 million orphaned children, that 11 million children die from starvation or a preventable disease each year, and 8.5 million children are slaves or prostitutes, and 2.3 million children have HIV. This totals up to 164.8 million children in need. Now that probably sounds like a really big number to you. It does to me too, but then Katie says that there are 2.1 billion Christians in the world! Do you see what Katie sees? If each Christian helps 1 child, all the needy children in the world can be saved!
If each Christian sponsored 1 child, that is 2 children per married couple, all the needy children in the world would be given food, clean water, education, and medical care, as well as learn about Jesus. This costs about $50 per month for 1 child. But you don’t even have to cover all those costs. You can sponsor a child for $25 per month, since there are enough Christians to cover the rest of the costs. Some Christians want to adopt, so they could adopt instead of sponsoring a child. So if every Christian would help one child, we could change the world! Are you in?
So how do you find $30 – $50 per month to sponsor a child? Well this is where the paying it forward comes in. God has blessed Americans with many resources. If you think about it, there are lots of luxury items we use here in the United States that most people in the rest of the world don’t have. You could cancel your movie channels on your TV cable or satellite. You could make your own coffee instead of drinking Starbucks. You could reduce your phone bill by switching to a cheaper cellular service, such as Consumer Cellular which costs about 1/2 of AT&T or Verizon, or switch to VOIPO (or another internet phone service) instead of your home phone, which costs less than 1/2 of AT&T. If you can’t squeeze enough out of your budget, you can sell some things you don’t really need, such as jewelry or movie DVDs at a garage sale or on Ebay. All you need is $300 to sponsor a child in Uganda for one year. As Christians, shouldn’t we be able to do without a few luxury items so that a child can have food, clean water, grade school or higher education, and medical care?
So how do you find a child to sponsor? Here are some places you can look: At Katie’s Amazima organization in Uganda, you can sponsor a child for $25 per month ($300 per year) (www.amazima.org/sponsor.html), or at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission orphanage for $25 or $50 per month (http://NWHCM.org/give/elder-and-child-sponsorship), or with Compassion International for $38 per month (www.compassion.com). Go to one of these sites and sponsor 1 child. Start there. Most of us can do this, I know because I have. My husband and I sponsor 2 children. We started with 1 child, and then added another child a few months ago. These are all good Christian organizations that really do provide food, water, education, and medical care for these children.
If you want to jump in with both feet and adopt a needy child, you can find links for adoption help and information at Christian Alliance (www.ChristianAllianceforOrphans.org/agencies-and-ministries/adoption). Adoption is more than I can do, but there are many people who want another child in their family, and there are organizations to help you do that.
If you want to help a child in need, but you need encouragement, or you have more questions, leave me a comment below, and I will answer you, and I will pray for you to find a way to help. Remember, all we need is for each of us to help 1 child, and we can change the world for the better!