We’re studying modern history this year in school. There are so many great missionary stories to be explored; this week, we begin with Eric Liddell. Later on we’ll get to Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and others.
They inspire us…to keep on.
Thabiti Anyabwile writes soberly here of his visit to a town on the edge of despair:
“Today’s visit to one town reveals to me the betrayal it is to claim to be gospel people and not be merciful people.”
Please read it.
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.