Compassion, International has been on the radar for us for many years, since performers like Caedmon’s Call and Bebo Norman have been dedicated to the organization for a long time and are faithful to raise awareness of the work Compassion does.
Two years ago, David and I made a commitment that for each child’s seventh birthday we celebrate in our home, we would take on sponsorship of an additional child from Compassion.
Why seven? I don’t know. It’s a Biblical number. It’s a long time of God’s provision in a child’s life, and seemed an appropriate time for a child to start to broaden their horizons of the scope of need in the world.
What made the sponsorship a little more special is that Compassion has a feature on their website where you can search by birthdate. So we now sponsor two boys: one — in Kenya — shares his birthday with Cam, and the other — in Bolivia — shares his birthday with Ben.
As long as finances allow and the Lord deems it, we will continue this trend. It’s been a wonderful thing for our kids to correspond with our sponsored child.