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Extra incentive for sponsoring a Compassion child

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Christianbook.com has a passion to help children in need worldwide. Millions of children living in developing countries suffer spiritually, economically, socially and physically. It breaks our hearts that more than 25,000 children younger than 5 will die today, mostly from preventable causes. But you can help change this by sponsoring a child through Compassion International!

When you sponsor a child today and pay by credit or debit card, you will receive a $25 gift card for www.ChristianBook.com. (Please note that this offer is not valid for foreign or APO addresses, and that your gift card and Child Packet will arrive separately within 10 to 15 business days.)

A couple of years ago I was seriously considering doing this and they had this same deal which I admit spurred me on to go ahead with it.

I decided to pick a child who was one of the longest waiting or more urgent. Sadly, these are the ones who may not be as attractive or a more desirable age. Don’t pick the cutest one who can already communicate well. Plenty of people will pick them.

Getting a letter in the mail is great. My previous child’s mom wrote because he was only three years old. Then they left Compassion because the mom moved. 🙁 I’m not sure if the dad went with. There can be heartache. But we don’t do it (just) to feel good. It’s nice to participate in meeting the needs of others in God’s Kingdom by obeying Him.

Sponsor a Child Today


2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

In his commentary on 2 Corinthians Garland says, “For us, the word ‘comfort’ may connote emotional relief and a sense of well-being, physical ease, satisfaction, and freedom from pain and anxiety. Many in our culture worship at the cult of comfort in a self-centered search for ease, but it lasts for only a moment and never fully satisfies. Watson* comments that the word ‘comfort’ ‘has gone soft’ in modern English. In the time of Wycliffe the word was ‘closely connected with its root, the Latin fortis, which means brave, strong, courageous.'”

Paul here is talking about encouragement, strengthening, exhortation and help.

*N. Watson, The second Epistle to the Corinthians, Epworth Commentaries (London: Epworth, 1993) 3.