“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” -Mother Teresa
What if you were given an opportunity to speak life into a child who does not know hope or love? Today is that day!
What do you think about when you think of the word poverty?
If you are reading this I assume you are like me and your heart jumps when it hears the word.
I thought about starting off by explaining the definition of poverty. But then I realized we all know what poverty is. The real question is will you help me in ending this word we all find so popular?
Our world is riddled with poverty that we sometimes think that living in poverty is more normal than not. Here are some facts that will help to remember what poverty looks like.
- Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line (U.S.$1.25 per day).
- In developing countries, approximately 130 million children and teens — age 17 or under have lost one or both parents.
- More than 9 million children under age 5 die each year. Two-thirds of these deaths, more than 6 million every year — are preventable.
- Every day 1,500 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth that could have been prevented. Each day 10,000 newborns die within a month of birth, and daily the same number of babies are also born dead.
*Statistics provided by: http://www.compassion.com/poverty/poverty.htm
When people are living in poverty they obviously are lacking money which prevents them from being able to buy food to get the nourishment they need. Without food children are not able to grow. In many poor countries having no money means children are not able to go to school. It also means they have no clothes or sanitary supplies. The very things that many people take for granted every day.
Then there is the lack of feeling loved.
Can you imagine what it feels like to have nothing to eat and then you also feel that you are unwanted because of this poverty?
When you live in poverty you also feel like you have no purpose in life. I would like you to put yourself in a child’s shoes. Imagine you are a 10 year old child living in Africa where your shoes are too small for your growing feet to be running around in. Your clothes are nothing more than thin material that may come apart any day. You can’t go to school because you are living in Kenya where they don’t have a public school system. You not only have to pay for school but for clothes.
Now I want you to imagine what it would mean for this child to go to school. What would it mean for a child like this to be able to eat and have clean water. What would it mean if this child could learn about the greatest hope. Our hope in Jesus Christ.
This is your opportunity to be a World Changer.
Please seriously consider joining me in sponsoring a child with Compassion. I am not just writing for Compassion but for all the children that are patiently waiting to get a sponsor. This poverty has been a personal mission of mine as I am a proud sponsor of a 8 year old girl in Africa.
One person can’t do everything but we all can do something even if it is ONE thing.
Help today and visit Compassion here.