I’ve been talking about sponsoring a child during the entire month of August. I was really pumped up during the first two weeks of the month. As with most financial investments, I don’t always start out knowing where the funds will come from.
For most families to take on another financial responsibility outside of their regular month expenses means sacrificing something. You’d either sacrifice time to work extra hours to make more money or sacrifice something you need or want.
I decided to sacrifice time and began working on this project. I made a commitment to use the proceeds to sponsor a child each month but the proceeds did not equal enough to sponsor even one child. 🙁
The decision to sponsor a child is a huge deal to me and not something that I take lightly. My biggest fear in making a commitment from my irregular monthly income is that, “what if I can’t afford it one month?” 🙁
I don’t want to let down a child that is depending on me. What it really boils down to is
- I lack 100% faith. (I’m at about 20 – 30% depending on what my income looks like)
- We can’t afford it with out any extra source of income.
- We are on a lean budget and where every dollar counts.
As I sit here and write this, all the the above comes off sounding like excuses. I used them to talk myself out of what I know I God is calling me to do.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. — Proverbs 31:20
There will never be a right time to sponsor a child. If I wait until I am debt free and have more spending money, it won’t be an act of faith.
I don’t think God is asking me to sponsor a child out of my own ability, He’s called me to do it out of his ability to provide.
As I went to do my online banking this morning, I saw that my banks Way2Save program helped me accumulate $33.75 during the month of August. That money has not been designated to any other financial responsibilities so could I consider it God’s way of providing?
I then added to that the $6 I made from the project I mentioned earlier and that put me at a grand total of $39.75.
I hurried over here to see how much it would cost to sponsor a child and it is $38. My total un-designated money was a little over what I needed to sponsor a child for this month. 🙂
I started this article with the intention of not sponsoring a child. I even thought about not mentioning it again to you all just hoping you’d forget my commitment, but I couldn’t forget it.
I couldn’t forget how I felt when I got the email in August that Compassion International wanted me to blog about child sponsorship during the month of September. It was like another confirmation that sponsoring a child is what God wanted me to do.
So now that the money is in hand, I’ll sit down with the kids and prayerfully choose a child.
If you are feeling like God is calling you to sponsor a child but don’t quite know where the funds will come from remain faithful to His call and wait on Him.
Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it. — 1 Thessalonians 5:24
In the meantime, consider heading over here and praying over the children.
- Pray for them to receive sponsorship
- Pray for them to know Jesus
- Pray for God to protect them