Changing the Destiny of a Child

In giving every day, we can be unaware of our impact around the world, especially if we’re giving towards child sponsorship. Take a look at this article that shows how our financial giving towards child sponsorship wonderfully impacts an underprivileged child’s life.

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by David Adcock

I enjoy wandering bookstore aisles, sipping a coffee and reflecting, without looking for a particular book.  As a casual shopper, I am an easy target for the marketing strategy of attention-grabbing titles compelling me to make the purchase.  Some great titles I have been drawn to include, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace.  Another title that has just been published is How to Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado.  Great title!  It is great because it is a question we all ask, isn’t it? When we wake up in the middle of the night, when we hold our children or play with our grandchildren, we ask, “What’s my contribution to those following behind?” 

In the clichéd phrase we so often hear, we wonder, “How do I make a difference?” Can I suggest that we leave a legacy tomorrow, in a life well lived, today?  A life lived with purpose and focus today will make a difference tomorrow.  Yet the tragedy is that so many of us never move beyond the question and into action.  It takes a lot of energy to move from thinking, “I really should do something to help others” to actually acting upon it. 

As a newcomer to the ERDO team, I have discovered that child sponsorship is a profound way for all of us to engage with a world in need and put words into action. It has been said, “We may not be able to feed one hundred people but we can feed one.”

Sponsorship changes lives.  I just heard about Kailash who came to the Prem Sewa residential school in India led by Frank Julich, one of our PAOC global workers.  When Kailash was just 12 years old, his father died, leaving Kailash vulnerable to the violence and substance abuse that was thriving in his community.  Encouraged by a friend, Kailash enrolled at Prem Sewa, a residential school supported by ERDO.  As he tells it, he was overwhelmed by the caring and compassion of the staff and the support of his sponsor.

Today, Kailash has his Bachelor’s degree in Theology and is often called upon to work in hostile environments.  He is working to open a church in rural India and, like those who nurtured and taught him, he is transforming countless lives by demonstrating the love of Christ.  Kailash’s sponsor literally left a legacy of compassion and justice.

Hundreds of young people like Kailash are blossoming through ERDO’s ChildCARE Plus, but there are many who have yet to find a sponsor and realize their dreams.

Sponsorship allows us to become a special friend to a child across the world.  For a little more than a dollar a day, a sponsor makes a lasting contribution to the welfare and future of a child and their family.  When you sponsor a child through ChildCARE Plus, you are ensuring that your child is receiving care from one of the PAOC’s global workers or through a member of the national church.  The resources that are sent  go directly to those in need.

I am even more thrilled that our sponsorship program is called ChildCARE Plus. Because it is the plus that makes a difference.  It is the plus that honours the spiritual destiny of each child and recognizes that beyond food and education and health each child has the right to know they are loved by God through Jesus Christ.

This short column may sound like an infomercial and maybe at one level it is.  However, please consider this an invitation for you to make an eternal difference in the life of a child.

Would you outlive your life?  Change the destiny of a child. To sponsor a child today please contact us at ccp@erdo.ca or call us at 905-542-7400.  To find more information about child sponsorship and other ERDO projects please visit www.erdo.ca.

David Adcock is the Chief Executive Officer of ERDO. Established in 1983 as the Emergency Relief and Development Overseas arm of the PAOC, ERDO has been reaching out to women, children and men around the world for over 25 years, helping them through crises of war, natural disaster and the hunger and thirst of poverty.

This article appeared in the July 2010 issue of 50 Plus Contact, a quarterly publication of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

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One Response to “Changing the Destiny of a Child”

  1. Bob Jones April 25, 2014 1:30 am #

    David, you are a champion of “the least of these.” Keep the passion and volume up.

    People in our community at North Pointe sponsor over 1,000 children worldwide through Child Care Plus and other compassionate organizations.

    Be encouraged! Keep up the great work.

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