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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2011

Children truly are a gift to the world (Psalm 127:3), entrusted by God to parents, the Church, society, and humanity, to protect, nurture, develop and bless.

Though they can be quite mischievous, children can inspire, teach and challenge us, particularly about God's kingdom. They can remind us to dream, fire our imagination and teach us the importance of play.

Watching a child encounter their world, to witness their wonder, simplicity and joy—and sometimes pain of discovery—can reacquaint us with what we have lost in the business, worry and even cynicism of adulthood.

When we're with children, we often think we—the adults—should be doing the teaching, yet all too often we're actually the ones who have much to learn.

"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." —Matthew 18:3-4

Yet there is one thing threatening the joy, curiosity and faith of children every day: poverty.

"Children may be born into poverty -- but poverty is never born into a child."

— Dr Wess Stafford, Compassion International President

Poverty says that when you live in a garbage tip, you are rubbish. When you can't go to school, you're not worth investing in. And when you're constantly sick from malaria or tuberculosis, they're not worth the cost of the medicine that will heal them.

It's clear that poverty is not a condition that God created for His children to live in.

As the Body of Christ, there is no global entity more capable, caring and called to act on behalf of children in poverty than the Church.

Compassion has chosen to work exclusively through the Church to embrace individual children, develop the value in every child, and break through the unique and individual barriers for each child to be released from poverty.

As this happens, children become agents of transformation. Because changed circumstances might change a person, but a changed person will always change their circumstances. This is why Compassion has and will always think CHILDREN.

Join this journey. Pray for the world to see children as Jesus sees them, and look for ways to think CHILDREN every day.
You CAN ... * SUPPORT Compassion's holistic child development programs * LEARN more about God's heart for children * CREATE social networking posts about Compassion's work with children * TAKE ACTION by writing a letter to your sponsored child online * VOLUNTEER your time to share the work of Compassion * SPEAK UP about your heart for children in poverty in your church.

(Music by Brett Mabury)


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