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Mercy Me Discusses Child Sponsorship

by Melissa Chang |

Missions Organizations, Poverty, Ways to Give

Maybe you are interested in missions, or going overseas one day, but do you know that you can have an overseas impact right now, from wherever you are? It’s called child sponsorship.

I am sure you have heard an ad or seen a presentation at some point, but watch this great video from Mercy Me about their experience with child sponsorship. All the band members of Mercy Me sponsor children through Compassion International from all over the world. Some members have even had the opportunity to meet their sponsored children in person.

Here, they discuss what they have learned and what they have gained from their experience.

If you are interested in learning more, visit Compassion International or World Vision.

Famous Missionary: Everett Swanson

by Melissa Chang |

Famous Missionaries, Missions Organizations, Orphanages, Poverty

Everett Swanson

To be honest, Everett Swanson isn’t that famous. However, he should be. His actions have led to MILLIONS of children being fed, clothed, and educated around the world.

It was 1952. Everett was a pastor who volunteered to go to Korea during the war to preach to the troops. He had never before been to another country. He was only there for a few days. But those days changed not only his life, but millions of lives around the world.

Everett Swanson in KoreaAs he was taking a walk a young boy ran up, stole his coat, and ran off. Everett ran after the boy to get his coat back. As he rounded a corner, he ran smack into the middle of a huge neighborhood of shanties. He saw his coat laying in an open doorway of one of those wooded shacks. He went to pick it up, thinking the young thief had dropped it and run off. 

To his surprise, as he lifted the coat, there was the young boy, frightened, shivering, and horribly thin. As his eyes grew accustomed to his surroundings, he noticed half a dozen more small children shivering under rags. He later learned that these were orphans whose parents had been killed in the war. Quickly he went to a local storefront to get them some hot soup and blankets.

Everett Swanson with young childOnce back in his room at the base, he couldn’t get the kids off his mind. The next day he went back. In front of his shanty, there was a large garbage type truck throwing rags into the back. As he got closer, he realized with horror that the rags were children who had not made it through the night. Even more horrible, he realized this truck was going through the entire neighborhood, not just this one building. There were starving and dying children everwhere.

Finally, it was time to return. On the plane he kept hearing in his mind, What are you going to do? What are you going to do?  Instead of ignoring this voice, he actually did something. He collected money to begin a fund to help those children. Eventually, Compassion International was founded. Over 1 million children have been supported by individuals hoping to make a difference in the lives of hungry children all over the world.

Here is a video about Everett Swanson’s life, featuring the President of Compassion International, Wes Stafford.

Can’t Go? Give.

by Melissa Chang |

Malaria Prevention, Poverty, Ways to Give, World Vision

Not everyone can go around the world helping others. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an impact and actually change the lives of those you may never meet on the other side of the globe. Here are some creative ways you can help change the world by giving.

water well Clean Water
Women and girls in developing communities often spend a large portion of their day fetching water for their families — water that may not even be clean. Your gift to the Clean Water Fund will help provide resources such as safe, protected wells, hand pumps, and latrines to improve sanitation. You’ll be safeguarding the health of mothers, children, and entire communities by minimizing waterborne illness. Plus, you’ll give mothers more time to care for their families, and girls the time they need to attend school.

microfinance loanMicrofinance Loan
Put strength in the hands of an impoverished woman with a small loan she can use to start or expand a business — the income from which can help feed, clothe, and educate her children. As loans are repaid, the funds are used to provide new loans to others. Your gift today can be recycled to literally hundreds of women in years to come!

Clothing for Children
Countless children are suffering from colds, influenza, and even pneumonia because they lack one simple thing: warm clothes. You can help deliver urgently needed outerwear to protect these children from the deadly elements. The poorest of the poor have only tattered rags, or even no clothes to wear at all.

education in africaEducation for a Child
“My children used to be chased away from school because they didn’t have school fees or uniforms,” says Virginie of Rwanda. Your gift can help pay school fees or provide essentials like uniforms, textbooks, backpacks, and school supplies such as notepaper, scissors, pens and pencils, and crayons — helping ensure that one child has what he or she needs to come and learn.

Malaria Prevention
Malaria kills nearly a million children and adults each year. While life-saving preventive measures are inexpensive by U.S. standards, they are out of reach for poor families in malaria-prone regions, who must watch helplessly as their children suffer. Your gift will provide bed nets to keep mosquitoes away from one family as they sleep — plus critical education for malaria prevention and control.

world vision childGlobal Food Crisis
Every seven seconds a hungry child dies. As food prices soar, the poorest populations — especially children — suffer most.

“I am meeting families in the villages, who, for years, have been surviving on a diet of naan and chai, or bread and tea, alone. Today, they can no longer afford the bread … It’s an unfathomable situation.”
—Mary Kate MacIsaac, World Vision communications manager, Herat, Afghanistan

There are so many ways to give, and your donations can remove suffering, create hope, and change futures. Change a life.

All photos are courtesy of World Vision.

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