A new, small group of Compassion bloggers will be making the trip to Peru, next week, with their intrepid leader, Shaun Groves. Starting on Tuesday, November 13, their posts will appear daily. They will make you laugh, or maybe cry; they might even make you angry at the conditions in which the extremely poor are living.
But our real hope is that they will inspire you to sponsor a child. Or another child. You can click on the links or the widgets provided in their posts, or even those appearing on this blog. We hope many children will be sponsored by people committed to loving them, writing frequent letters of encouragement to them, telling them they are important--to the sponsor and to God.
The online letter-writing tool is a good way to write, as it ensures that Compassion has all the important information. Many times, sponsors who write by other means forget to fully identify themselves or the child, sending someone at the Global Ministry Center (Colorado Springs) into research mode, thus slowing down the process.
It's also a great way to keep people like me from writing too much. If you haven't already established your online account with Compassion, you can do that, if you have ever donated money or sponsored a child.
Another thing you can do--please: Pray for the bloggers, both while they are gone, and after they return. Travel to areas like the ones they will visit send their emotions between knee-slapping laughter and choking sobs. And it is exhausting, physically, emotionally and spiritually. For the first-time traveler with or for Compassion, it can mean a loss of some kind of innocence; it almost always brings a profound change in priorities, in values, in the meanings of words like want and need. And the aftermath often means slogging through each day, physically and/or emotionally. Some bloggers report shutting down, for a while. So please, pray for them. Now is not too early to begin.
And if you sponsor a child, just write. It doesn't have to be long, and the translators will appreciate your keeping it short.
Sponsoring. Writing. Praying. Those words, like "love" and "marriage" (in the words of a very old song), "go together like a horse and carriage."