American churches needed to help needy children

By June 7, 2004

USA (MNN) — Millions of children around the world have no idea when they’ll be eating next. They are facing incredible health issues. And, more importantly, many are facing death without faith in Jesus Christ. An organization is praying churches in the United States will help assist these needy children.

Compassion International , an organization that sponsors thousands of children around the world, believes American Christians can make a huge dent in this problem through their “Compassion Sunday” campaign.

“Compassion Sunday is a date when we invite our sponsors and churches all across the country to talk about the needs of children, to help educate congregations about how children are suffering around the world, and also to talk about the Biblical mandate for Christians to reach out to the poor,” says Regina Hopewell of Compassion. She says the ultimate goal is to get more people to sponsor children.

The ultimate goal is see these children turn to Christ. Hopewell says, “We work only through the local church and so trying to expose the children to Christian and the Christian message, but long term discipleship by really mentoring them in the Christian faith. In our last fiscal year we had 80,000 children make first time commitments to Christ all around the world.”

Compassion would like to see that number increased this year. Hopewell says, “We have a good of getting 17,000 children sponsored in 2004 through the Compassion Sunday efforts. And, we’re only at 8,800, so we need a lot more churches joining in and doing this with us.”

You can get more information about Compassion Sunday by going to their web site .

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