The word pretty much says it all.
It is mercy in action. The word "Compassion" comes from an old word that means, "to suffer with."
And there is such a need for it in this broken world. You don't have to go very far to find people in need, but sometimes a trip to the other side of the world will open your eyes to what need really looks like.
I've been following the Compassion Bloggers - four incredible writers who have journeyed to Uganda to witness what is happening there, and to tell the stories of the people they meet. The photos are unbelievable, the blog posts touching. The message is unmistakable.
I need to make room in my life for more compassion.
I've forgotten, in my busy little existence, that there are children - beautiful beings - whose tummies are rumbling as they struggle for survival in their world. Their harsh reality is so far removed from mine, and yet they are just a keyboard click away.
I've loved following the experiences of the bloggers because it's made me feel closer to the little guy, Tekalegn, who we sponsor through Compassion. I'm reminded to pray for him and his family, and to rejoice because he is being helped. He has food, and clothes and is getting an education....all because a small amount of money gets automatically withdrawn from my bank account each month.
It costs me so little. Yet it makes an incredible difference.
Compassion's goal is to get 400 children sponsored by the end of this special trip. Please consider being part of this vital ministry. Can you imagine FOUR HUNDRED children? That's a lot of kids whose lives will be forever changed.
Want to know more? Here are the bloggers who are writing about their experiences.
And also the amazing Shaun Groves.
Their trip to Uganda comes to an end in the next couple of days, but their stories will impact the world for years to come. I'm sure each of them would say that they are the ones who have been impacted the most. They've followed compassion to Uganda, but I think compassion has followed them, swallowed them. And there is something in my heart that says, "yes....me too."
I want to be swallowed by compassion.
That "mercy in action."
That "suffering with."
I want to look beyond my busy existence here to help others there. I'm reminded that this is what life is really all about.
Here is the link to Compassion....and to a child who is waiting for your mercy in action.
Are you a Compassion Sponsor? I'd love to know about the child you sponsor!