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5 Reasons Child Sponsorship Can Restore Africa
“It’s no use,” my grandfather said sadly. “If you send that organization your money, it will never actually reach the child.”
He must have seen the look of apprehension coming over my 8-year-old face as I watched the images of emaciated African children flash across the television screen. I felt the tightening in my chest begin to release at the confidence with which he spoke. The commercial was just a trick, a simple ploy for money. I could safely tuck those disturbing images away deep inside and never have to think about them again.
Or so I thought.
Twenty years later, I began work at World Help where I was assigned the task of writing biographies for all the children in our Child Sponsorship Program. And it certainly was not by chance.
Every day I saw their faces. I read their stories. I no longer had any choice but to acknowledge the heavy reality of it all: These children don’t just need our help–their very lives depend on it.
In the last year, I have not only witnessed the lives of children being transformed through sponsorship, but have furthermore become convinced that the nation of Africa can be restored through this miracle of sponsorship.
– Bob Goff, Love Does.
If child sponsorship is to restore a broken nation, it must begin by saving lives. Through providing children with basic necessities such as shelter, nutrition, clothing, clean water, and medical care, they are given a foundation on which to stand: A chance to learn, to dream, and to grow into the man or woman they were intended to be. Sponsorship is not only saving the lives of thousands of African children, it is clearing a path for each of these children to know and love the God who created them.
— Joseph Addison
We have all heard it a million times: Knowledge is power—something we were continually reminded of in school, no doubt, in the hope it would help us to see our education more as a gift and less as a punishment. But what we may not have realized is the true power of education is the ability to become ourselves.
Child sponsorship equips African children with the knowledge and skillsets necessary to discover and live out their true vocations, thereby creating the opportunity for them to lead successful and fulfilling lives. When this happens, the same world of opportunity then overflows into the lives of their children and their children’s children. By providing education now, we can actually empower Africa for generations to come.
— Hebrews 10:24
It would be easy to feel alone living in a poverty-stricken community, where one or more family members have passed away due to HIV/AIDS or malaria; or where one or both parents are forced to spend their day’s searching daily for work throughout their village. Due to these circumstances, many children in Africa do not experience the love and companionship God intended for them.
As a sponsor, you are given the opportunity to step in and be a voice of love and concern in the life of a child. Through something as simple as a letter, your sponsored child can rest in knowing there is someone in the world that is thinking about them and praying for them; and they may, through your correspondence, come to understand just how much they matter.
It can be easy to underestimate how letters, photos, or small gifts can shape the life of a child, but it is through these small gestures that a sponsor can model the love and provision of our Creator.
– Matthew 28:19
Child sponsorship not only provides physical health, education, and life-giving relationships for African children, it also gives each child the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus.
Intentional rhythms for spiritual enrichment are built into the heart of each sponsorship program. By sponsoring a child, you literally place a Bible into their hands, providing them with the opportunity to encounter God in a personal way. Moreover, through sponsorship, children can also attend Sunday School, Bible study, and worship services each week.
Through this discipleship, hundreds of children in Africa have become passionate followers of Jesus. In fact, it is because of 100 sponsored children from Good Samaritan Children’s Home that a church plant called Christ the King is now underway in Kampala. In less than one year, attendance at Christ the King has reached nearly 1,000, giving clear evidence that child sponsorship can open the door for the Gospel to sweep through and restore hope to Africa.
– Matthew 6:21
Jesus was fairly clear in saying that where we place our treasure determines how we live our lives.
Thousands of our sponsors are willing to give their time, resources, and prayers to these children and the nation of Africa. Placing photos of their sponsored children on their refrigerators, or even hanging them on the wall, these families are lifting up their sponsored children in daily prayer. Ultimately, it is through this commitment to prayer that the lives of these children can be restored–now, and for generations to follow.
Through the passion and commitment of sponsors willing to invest in the lives of these children, the nation of Africa is being made new. Will you join us?
Ways To Get Involved in Africa
CHILD SPONSORSHIP: World Help believes in changing the world . . . one child at a time. When a child has the resources needed not only to survive—but thrive—he has the potential to become a world-changer. Provide a child with nutrition, clean water, education, spiritual nurturing, and love. It’s an investment that lasts a lifetime and beyond. SPONSOR A CHILD >>
VOCATIONAL TRAINING: Empowering young adults with the skills training they need to earn an income is one of the greatest tools we can give toward building more sustainable communities. But a trade doesn’t just mean a paycheck—it instills confidence, dignity, and can be passed on to the next generation. GIVE TO SUPPORT VOCATIONAL TRAINING >>
CLEAN WATER: Clean water is essential to life, yet 780 million people around the world still live without it. When you give clean water to a community in need, its physical and economic condition will strengthen, child mortality plummets, school enrollment grows . . . and following generations are transformed. GIVE TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER >>