Why I sponsor children –
1. Because hunger isn’t just a stomach thing.
Malnutrition effects all parts of the body, and these effects can last a lifetime.
Malnourished kids fall behind in school because their brain can’t function as well. They also have problems with their heart, skin, bones, other vital organs, and immune system making them more vulnerable to life threatening diseases.
Aside from all of the other things sponsorship provides, the simple act of giving nourishing meals to these children can literally save their lives.
2. I have a dream for their future.
I’ve been to Mazatlan 3 times, soon to be 4. And just in these few short trips, I’ve gotten to know these kids. They live in neighborhoods where violence, abuse, and drugs are overwhelming problems. They live in darkness. They live in a cycle of poverty.
The cycle of poverty is defined as a “set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention.”
Children raised in poverty face
- emotional and social challenges
- acute and chronic stressors
- cognitive lags
- health and safety issues
How are these kids supposed to grow into the men and women God created them to be when they so unjustly have these things imposed upon them?
I care about these kids. I love them. I don’t want them to remain in this cycle. I don’t want them to be victims of violence or fall into a family pattern of drug use. I don’t want to visit them in the prison a few years from now. This doesn’t just apply to the children I know in Mazatlan, but all over the world. The cultures that poverty invades are different, but the effects are still the same.
Sponsorship provides a kid with a chance to be known and loved.
My dream for these kids is that they would be fed not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually too. My dream is that they would realize that where they are from, doesn’t have to determine where they are going. My dream is that they would become wholehearted followers of Christ, empowered to make a change in their community as they grow.
3. Followers of Jesus…follow Jesus.
Jesus says true religion is loving orphans and widows in their need. (James 1:27)
Jesus says that if you see someone in need and say “God bless you” but don’t do anything to meet that need, your faith is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Jesus says that if you see your brother in need and don’t help, then the love of God can’t really be in you. (1 John 3:17-18)
Jesus says a lot more things like this. But I think those three are enough for me to get the point. If I call myself a follower of Jesus, loving the poor is not an option, it’s a necessity.
I realize that children needing sponsorship are not the only poor and hurting and hungry in this world. But they are the ones that God has placed in my heart to help. They are the ones He has called me to advocate for. And so I will. -nicole