What is Better Than Caring For Orphans?

Changing the Stories of the Faces of Poverty


I know your heart is much like mine and is touched deeply when you hear the plight of orphans around the world.

But this blog post shot an arrow through my soul. This hit home in a big way.

As most of you already know, there is a way to care for children around the world who live in poverty,

through organizations like Compassion and others.

BUT it is not just about “caring for orphans” as one Compassion blogger, Shaun Groves says:

“It’s estimated there are 147 million orphans on the planet today. Four out of five of them were orphaned by poverty, not by death.

Mom and dad didn’t pass away. But mom and dad, unable to meet their child’s most basic needs, gave them up so they could live.

Is there a greater love than this?

This is best.

As much as I love my (adopted) son I wish Compassion had been in his neighborhood when he was eighteen months old, when his seizures started. Malnutrition so ravaged his little mind that his mother kissed him goodbye one morning, wrapped him in a blanket and – because of love – gave him the life she couldn’t afford to provide.

If Compassion had been there, sure, I would miss out on being his dad. But tonight he would be tucked into bed by a mother who has his face. And she would smile his smile when he laughs.

Sponsoring a child saves families. It’s orphan prevention. It’s giving boys and girls best.

Is there any better way to spend $38 this month?”


Okay, so, yes, we sponsor children…but could we do more? Could we give until it becomes “sacrificial giving”.

Not just “check it off your list” giving. But making a difference giving. Deep giving.

Giving until it changes the stories of the faces of poverty.

Long Main Video from Compassion International on Vimeo.

“We as a child…we are seeds. And if someone just take us and put us in the right earth and give us water through letters

and water through the team of Compassion…we start growing, and one day we start giving fruits.”

changing the face of poverty

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