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Last week, I participated in Blog Month with Compassion International, but sharing my letter to my childhood self. What a stretching exercise that was – it really made me think! Each week this month, we’ll have a new topic to blog about – and I’m sure there will be lots of lessons in them, if these first two weeks are any indication.
But, more important than me – and all the rest of the bloggers who are participating – is the goal of blog month —
3,160 children sponsored
That seems like a lot, but if each blogger who is participating just reaches a few individuals or families who commit to sponsoring a child, that goal will be quickly reached – and maybe even surpassed!
If YOU have ever considered sponsoring a child, I’d love for you to click through this link, search out a child that would be perfect for you, and commit to sponsoring him or her. I promise that YOU will be the one who receives the blessings!
Our assignment for this week is to write three things about one word.
I’ve chosen the word “poverty” and I’d like to share 3 lessons that I’ve learned through witnessing poverty in Vietnam . . .
1. Poverty is very real.
Those of us who live here in the United States really have no clue. We cannot comprehend that poverty even exists. Most of us have houses and cars. We all have clean water to drink and food to eat. Until you have experienced poverty first hand, it’s very hard to fathom; but it does exist. And it’s staggering and convicting to see.
2. Poverty is not so very far away.
Sure, Vietnam is exactly 1/2 way round the world from my little corner here in central PA. And, other third world countries may seem far away from where you live as well. But, you know what? You can jump on a jet plane and reach poverty in just a few hours. To quote the words of one of my favorite Disney attractions – “it’s a small world after all”.
3. Poverty can be helped.
Sure, I cannot single-handedly combat the problem that is poverty. I wish I could! I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who can solve all the world’s problems! But, together, we can help! Just like I mentioned above, if each person just sponsors one child, or just donates their coffee money for a month to help dig wells in places where people don’t have clean water to drink, it makes a HUGE difference and a big impact!
I have traveled to Vietnam twice now. I have brought back 2 children who have joined our family and blessed me beyond my wildest comprehension! I have witnessed poverty – I’ve seen people living, cooking, and voiding in the streets. I’ve seen overcrowding. I’ve seen orphanages. Poverty has a face – and that face is very real.
What can YOU do to help?