One fantastic initiative Compassion has come up with are the Pastor Letters. Each Pastor of a Compassion partner church writes a yearly letter to the sponsors. Far from being manufactured “sponsor-inducing propaganda”, the letters give a fascinating and necessary insight into details of the reality and the challenges the community is facing, as well as the impact Compassion is having on the children, families and the community. Over the last seven years I have sponsored 54 children from 26 countries and I’ve received my fair share of Pastor letters. I wanted to share with you a glimpse of Compassion’s impact, through the eyes of Church partner Pastors:
Partnering with Compassion International has enabled us to open the gospel's door not to just to the children but to their parents as well for them to grow in the Lord as much as their children. We have been assisting our children to live a healthy life as well as to know how to prevent diseases or some physical problems. Most important we give them a chance to try to take on the world for Jesus!
We thank God that He extends our ministry in the community to help these unprivileged children. Our church has opportunities to fill what's lacking in their lives. We are like their fathers and mothers, ready to give them and their families guidance, and offering them the salvation of Christ.
It's such a joy when these sponsored children receive letters from our sponsors most especially those that come along with photos. We observe the excitement among them as they try to share with their friends the letters and photos. They are excited showing them what their sponsors look like. It really increases their bond to their sponsors.
Some of them have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The children are truly committed and share their personal experiences with the Lord to the other people in our church.
The children are happy to come to the program because they find love, care and understanding from their teachers.
I have the vision that all the children of our program know Jesus, and that they impact their parents and the community with Jesus' message.
We as a work team are very grateful with God for the marvellous help and love you have for the children. Through this help we've been able to see an excellent result with children. We enjoy their smiles and their tender caresses, that today we want to share with sponsors like you, who are the ones who make this happen. We are praying every day for you and your families, so the Lord will bless you and fill you with abundant grace and love.
We really appreciate your financial, moral and spiritual support for Josefa. We are very thankful with you for writing a new story in our children's lives. Please pray for our church, these children and the whole community.