Topic: Compassion International
I want you to think back. All the way back to the beginning. The beginning of my blog that is. A few of you have been with me from the start or at least close to it. Do you remember what my main goals were? Here is what I stated when I first set up my blog:
I wanted to create a blog about things that I cared about - My God, my family and my ministry. The name "Families Again" seemed good because not only does it include my family, but the family of God, and the family of prayer and financial supporters that we have for our ministry. It also was a good fit for one of the topics that I wanted to discuss the most-building stronger families.
Although my blog has evolved over time, the three things mentioned above - My God, my family and my ministry - are still the most important things that I want to write about. There aren't many topics that I have broached over the past 14 months that have not included one of those goals.
Recently I have been challenging myself to post something on my blog every day. It has been a stretching experience, but one that I have enjoyed very much. I have almost decided to continue this and possibly even challenge myself to writing an entry every day for an entire YEAR ! Yes, I said year! One of the most challenging things has been to find something to post about every day. So, in order to do this, I am devising a plan to have some days set aside for a specific topic. Mondays, of course, will be my Men's Monday Meme. Tuesday's will probably continue to be me Tueday's Toolbox entries. I want to blog more about the mission that we are under, BCM International, and about our specific ministry, so I am assigning one or two days for those items (more on that very soon - that's going to be exciting!). I need to save some days for homeschool product reviews, so some days will have to be open.
One thing, however, that has grown to be near and dear to my families' hearts is Compassion International. So, I have decided to set aside the fifth day of the week as my "Thursday's Child" day. I'm sure that you have all read the Monday's Child poem before, but in case you haven't, here it is:
- Monday's Child
- Monday's child is fair of face,
- Tuesday's child is full of grace,
- Wednesday's child is full of woe,
- Thursday's child has far to go,
- Friday's child is loving and giving,
- Saturday's child works hard for a living,
- But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
- Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
Why did I choose "Thursday's Child" as my Compassion International day? I actually thought of using Wednesday as that day. After all, a Compassion child is full of woe until someone sponsors him. But, I wanted to be more upbeat. I wanted to focus on the positives of sponsoring a child. Once you sponsor a child, that child does have far to go, but because of your help, he can soar to the moon if that is what God wills. You can't believe the joy and love that not just your financial support gives, but especially your love, encouragement, and correspondence gives.
Beginning next week, every Thursday, I am going to either highlight a child, a benefit of sponsoring a child, or an aspect of Compassion International. I will also have a section where folks can leave a link to a blog entry of their Compassion International experiences if they would like. It won't necessarily be a meme like my Men's Monday Meme, but the opportunity will be there to post a link if they want. I will also have a special Thursday's Child button that you can grab and take to your page if you would like.
Next week's very special child is going to me our own Marcelo Quispe. I have talked about him some, but next week I'm going to go into more detail on how this special child has changed our lives. As I close, however, I can't stop but mentioning, on this Christmas Eve., that I have still not found a sponsor for our Christmas Child, Mwende (click on her name to read more about her), yet. Please pray with us that we will find a sponsor for her soon. If you would like more information ragarding sponsoring Mwende, please leave a comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to send you Mwende's profile. Sending the profile will not obligate you in any way to sponsor her, but it will be a little more information about her that you can pray over.
I am going to put a special Christmas post up tomorrow, but until then, please have a very Merry Christmas and don't forget to praise Jesus for his willingness to leave his beautiful home in Heaven to come to this earth. After all, that is the real reason for this season.