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If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Col 3:1)

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2008-05-29

What is your World Vision?

LewalThis is Lewal. Lewal lives with his parents and 2 brothers. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is a farmer and his mother is a farmer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family's needs.

Lewal is growing up in a farming community in the Kwame Danso region of Ghana, almost 300 miles from Accra. A typical home is built of heavy mud with a thatched roof.

My family has been sponsoring Lewal through World Vision for about 5-6 years now.

There is a lot of poverty and hunger in the world. We forget that sometimes in our comfortable homes. We worry about mortgages, taxes and who's going to win the World Series. Across the world, other people, just like you and me, are wondering if they are going to have anything to eat tomorrow.

If you honestly sit down and think about all of the pain and suffering in the world it can be overwhelming. That's why many times it is easier just to block it out. It's much easier to go back to worrying about our own petty problems than worrying about life and death around us. What can we do anyway?


There is some good news. The good news is that it's not your problem to fix the world. God has a plan of redemption and a promise to bring forth a new heaven and new earth. However, it is your calling to have love and mercy for the poor and the oppressed in our current fallen world.

God has a purpose for each of us in our lives. I have a really good hunch that none us have a divine purpose to just accumulate wealth or just tread water in our lives, every day until we die. Our calling is to show the world the love of God to others.

For some, that calling takes them into the ministry, and in some cases it takes them into the mission fields far from home. For some, that calling has them living in the suburbs where their mission fields are their neighbors and their co-workers. Frankly, I'm not sure which calling has more challenges.

Regardless of where God calls us to serve, we are all called, as Christians, to take care of the poor, the hungry, the sick and the oppressed. There are no valid excuses for ignoring the suffering around us.

There are many ways you can serve. World Vision, offers a way for those of us with much to help the children in this world that have less than even a little. Through World Vision, you can sponsor a child or an entire family for about the cost of a tall coffee from your local coffee shop each day. You can make a difference, providing clean water, nutritious food, health care, education and spiritual nurturing.

Fixing the suffering in the entire world is an overwhelming task. However, the opportunity to help the world, one child or one family at a time is available to you today.

Visit my sponsorship campaign page for more information about joining me in helping to change a child's life. Isn't it time that you had a "World Vision"?


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7 comments:

Keith Holt said...

Tony,

Thought you would find this interesting. One of the ATO's from our chapter founded an organization that helps children in Africa called Bright Point for Children. He has a partner who is also an ATO from Univ. of Georgia. The Palm wrote an article about the two of them I have provided links.

The article starts on page 13.
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/alphatauomega/palm_2008spring/index.php

Justin's organization
http://www.brightpointforchildren.org

Tony said...

Keith -

Thanks for the info. I sent these guys an email to find out more info. They have a way to sponsor secondary education which I find interesting.

Tony

Craig said...

Hello. You are right. We are selfish people. That is our journey in this life. It is to go from selfish to selfless. The more we get in tune with the Spirit of God, the more selfless we will become.

God bless

Craig

Tony said...

Craig -

Thanks for stopping by. It is a journey:
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Mariz said...

Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to make a difference, share our blessings and help those in need. I've been involved with a Christian NGO for 19 years as a volunteer and a donor. I practically grew up there. It's great to be able to touch other people's lives, your life gets changed as well in the process.

Check my blog entry on this:
Reach Youth...Making A Difference.

Thanks! God bless you for your willingness to be used in helping others...

Tony said...

Mariz -

Thanks for stopping by and your supporting comments. I don't know if you have read about Moses from the Liberia orphanage that is living with us right now.

Getting involved on a personal level changes you forever. I'll head over and check out your blog.

Tony

bluesky said...

A great supporter of World Vision is AIDtoCHILDREN.com.

AIDtoCHILDREN.com is a dual-purpose site for building an English
vocabulary and raising money for under privileged children in the most
impoverished places around the world.

Check it out at http://www.aidtochildren.com

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