More Christians are needed to sponsor children in drought stricken East Africa

By March 30, 2006

East Africa (MNN) — Approximately seven million people face the prospect of famine in the coming months unless the international donor community steps forward. Years of drought, coupled with extreme poverty have East Africa on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. Christians are being asked to help.

Compassion International’s Bob Thorp says their child sponsorship programs have been affected. “In Kenya about 20 of our Compassion assisted projects have been severely affected and we’ve had to go in and help them with food and also in Tanzania over half of the population makes their living off agriculture. When you can’t grow anything it makes it more difficult.”

Compassion is mostly concerned about seeing people come to Christ. Local churches are most effective doing that, which is why they’re working with them. “We can provide the resources so that they can address the crisis that’s around them every day. If you can address somebody’s most urgent felt need and then share the Gospel with them, it’s a great way to enhance God’s kingdom and also grow your church.”

The only way they’re able to help is by you sponsoring children at $32 a month. It does more than just feed kids. “We provide Bibles and we provide medical assistance and we’re working with orphans and vulnerable child and water and sanitation and all those different activities.”

Go to Compassion.com to help in this emergency situation, which will enable to the church to reach out with food and the Good News.

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