The last week of September already–wow! It’s also the last week of Compassion International‘s blog month, and the final of 4 blogging “assignments.”
The thing is, I’m not sure I can do this one.
As Compassion bloggers, we were asked this week to write from the perspective of a sponsored child. We were asked to write what it’s like to live in poverty–the sights, sounds, smells, extreme conditions.
Honestly, I can’t. It would be too contrived. You see, I really don’t know what it’s like. Oh sure, I’ve seen the pictures, watched the videos, read the stories. But I have a hard time even imagining what a sponsored child lives in and with every day.
It’s not that I don’t care–I do! That’s why we sponsor a little girl in Honduras. But seeing poverty from a distance, as heartbreaking as that is, is totally different from being immersed in it.
And I am ashamed. Most of the time my focus is not on those who are suffering. My focus is on my own little protected, wealthy (by the majority of the world’s standards) consumer-driven bubble.
How sad that must make my Father in heaven.
So Tania, I am truly sorry that I cannot share from your perspective. I wish I could give you a voice here in this space. My hope is that through this focused month, hearts of my readers will have been opened and softened to children living in situations similar to yours.
(I found out that as of yesterday, 715 children still need sponsors to meet the goal of 3,108 children sponsored during September. Would you be willing to consider becoming a sponsor? You can visit the Sponsor Page to view children who are waiting for help.)