When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut, a doctor, a football player? Maybe you wanted to be a teacher, or an artist.
I bet you didn’t think, “When I grow up, I want to be a prostitute.” Or a drug dealer.
I heard a story yesterday about a woman named Jane who was born to a poor family in one of the grimmest slums in Nairobi. When she was just 12, Jane had to run away from her family’s tiny shack to escape her father’s sexual abuse. Illiterate, unskilled and desperate, the only way she could support herself was as a sex worker, there in the slum.
Jane made 25 cents each time she sold herself.
In the slums of Nairobi, there are approximately 800,000 women like Jane. And they all started out life as little girls who had dreams that did not include selling themselves for 25 cents.
Poverty is not destiny. God does not say, “You see that child? That one is a lost cause who will never amount to anything.”
No, I don’t believe God says that about any child. Every child has worth, even the poorest. Every child deserves to live.
When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. Mother Teresa
Here’s an opportunity to help a child achieve their dreams, their awesome, God-inspired potential. If you’ve ever wished you had the chance to be a hero, well, here’s your chance.
These children are enrolled in Compassion projects, so that they can get an education, medical care, spiritual mentoring and family support–everything they need to grow up and achieve their dreams. So that they don’t have to sell their bodies, or deal drugs to survive.
Because even poor children have dreams.
Let me know if you would like to sponsor one of them, and I will send you the sponsorship packet. Or, click here to go the Compassion site, where you can see other kids who need sponsors.
MEET JULIANA: Juliana lives with her parents and three siblings in Sete Casas, Brazil. Her father can sometimes find work as a farmer, earning the family about $2/day. Juliana is five years old. She loves running. She was born November 19, 2007.
MEET JOSSUE: Five-year-old Jossue is from the plains of Canton San Marcos, El Salvador, where he lives with his parents. Jossue’s father sometimes gets work as a farmer. Jossue helps out by running errands. He loves soccer and playing with cars. Jossue was born November 6, 2007
MEET STEPHANIE: Fourteen-year-old Stephanie lives with her mother and two siblings in Tema Newtown, Ghana, near the capital city of Accra. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and cooking. She is in middle school. Stephanie was born May 5, 1999.
MEET ANANDA: Ananda Putra Maneking lives in the hills of Ranomut, Indonesia with his parents and 3 siblings. He helps around the house by carrying water. Ananda loves soccer and music. He was born May 9, 2001.
MEET VANNES: Ten-year-old Vannes lives with his parents and brothers and sisters in the hillside village of Sukur, Indonesia. His father is a part-time farm worker. Vannes loves soccer and singing. He was born February 24, 2003.
Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
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