Five Minute Friday: Making A Difference Together

I’m joining the Gypsy Mama and her Five Minute Fridays. Rules are: for only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Won’t you join us?


Earlier this week I received an email from Compassion. Thankfully it was not relating to my sponsored children (2 of which live in flood declared disaster areas of Equador), but instead, was a response to my advocate application that I had turned in last Fall.

It had been so long since I sent it that I had actually come to the conclusion that it just wasn’t mean to be forgotten about it. But, nope, they wanted to set up a phone interview with me and have me watch/review some training webcasts.

No problem-o, Bob. I quickly scheduled my interview (for this afternoon) and set out to watch the videos.

And amid all of that, I realized that Compassion Bloggers would be making a trip to Tanzania soon, Compassion Sunday events are being held all over North America, and even something as small as this blog is impacting sponsors and potential sponsors around the world.

You. Me. Our neighbors, our families – all connected and making a difference in this world – together.

Some of us will make a difference locally – helping a student struggling with school work, stocking a community food pantry, shopping a locally owned businesses, simply sharing a smile

Some of us will make a difference regionally – volunteering in afterschool programs, leading church groups/classes, hosting in(RL) link-ups, supporting farmer’s markets, offering to carpool when someone needs transportation

Some of us will make a difference globally – growing our own food, supporting missionaries, participating in Operation Christmas Child.

But there is one way to make a difference at ALL levels – Sponsor a child in poverty. When you sponsor a child, you not only make a global impact, but you also impact regions and local communities. Your sponsorship directly provides for benefits that an impoverished child would otherwise be unable to obtain: education, healthcare, self-worth. You also provide benefits to that child’s family and community. You’re directly growing regional and global leaders. Compassion sponsored children have gone on to serve in their countries’ supreme courts and legislative bodies, changing standards and situations for children across the world.Not to mention how, if you let it, sponsorship can change you. For a little over $1 a day, you come to find that a cream-colored envelope in your mailbox is one of the world’s best hidden delights. You suddenly find yourself more globally-aware; “where was that earthquake on the news? Not near my child- I hope.” And, if you’re like me, you find a renewed passion and sense of purpose.And, if you already sponsor, there’s a small person, many miles away who anxiously waits to hear from YOU. Your words, your letters, your love, means more to them than any amount of money.And so,Together, we CAN make a difference. One child at a time.

If you haven’t already, I urge you to check into Compassion or World-Vision and sponsor a child today.I you already sponsor, I urge you to take 5 minutes and send up a prayer for your sponsored child and their family. Drop them a postcard in the mail; send a letter; a hug; some love. Let them know you care.Who knows, you might just find a beautiful photo like this one waiting in your mailbox one day:

Emily and Her Family


2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Making A Difference Together

  1. Jennifer Watson says:

    I often think of making a difference and wonder how a single person can make a significant impact in the world and get discouraged. So I loved the part that just a simple smile can make an impact in someone’s life. If half the people in the world made a difference in one person’s life, then everyone would be taken care of! Your post challenges me to look for opportunities around me to make a difference.

    I have thought about sponsoring a child, but haven’t as of yet. I did give to Compassion’s Child Survival Program. Of all the “relief” programs out there, I feel that this is the most reputable and does the most good.

    I look forward to hearing more about your advocate adventure!


    • Emily says:

      A smile can make such a difference! Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. I’m glad you’ve heard of and donated to Compassion, it’s an organization that is near and dear to my heart (and like you, I’ve found it to be the most reputable and responsible) I’ll be sure to share my adventures and an advocate – I’m pretty excited about it. 🙂


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