“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit [care for] orphans . . . in their distress . . . ” (James 1:27, nasb).
Over the years I have seen “child sponsorship” programs come and go, and witnessed various programs worldwide. Compassion International is one that is really appreciated.
My wife and I have had dinner in Manila with the Compassion International Philippine Director and his wife – a dedicated, generous, godly, self-sacrificing couple.
It was wonderful to hear of Compassion International’s ministry in the Philippines and its sponsorship through local evangelical churches of over 40,000 needy children!
Children in the city slums and in small provincial barrios are helped with the basics of education, food, clothing, and the Word of God. Special Compassion projects are held throughout the year, such as camps, sports days, medical and dental clinics.
As we fellowshiped over food and the things of God, I rejoiced how God raised up this business man to serve in ministry of the church (which we helped found over 30 years ago), and then how he was appointed to serve as Compassion International Director for the Philippines. He and his wife are example of those who have stepped forward in faith to trust God to use them in ministry to needy children.
As a result, the Gospel and “compassionate” care is being extending to thousands of needy children (and their families) to the glory of God.