While at the Catalyst Conference two weeks ago, I was certainly moved by two organizations that are making a difference in our world - Hope International and Compassion International. Let me tell you a little about each.
Hope International is “a Christian faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development.” In other words, they collect donations and then LOAN that money out to entrepreneurs in impoverished situations. The small loans enable these men and women to grow their businesses and support their families. The loans, of course, are paid back. The money is then recycled into another loan to help another family. Wow. Great idea. At Catalyst, Hope International gave away over $120,ooo to the Catalyst attendees (approximately 13,000 of us). Each person received $10 and then was challenged to turn their $10 into $100 and send it back to Hope to become a loan for a needy family. That $120,000 has the potential to become 1.2 million if all of us successfully multiply our gift. To learn more about the microlending program, visit their site at www.neverendinghope.org.
Compassion International is an organization most of us have already heard of. Compassion offers the opportunity to sponsor children in poverty at the cost of $38 per month. Each sponsorships helps provide opportunitiy for education, health living, and connection with a church family that will help the child understand the love and grace of God through His Son Jesus. At Catalyst, I had the opportunity to witness the live testimony of a young Kenyan man named Jimmy who was sponsored through Compassion and who’s life was changed. There at Catalyst, as Jimmy shared his story, he also got to meet his sponsor there on stage in an incredible emotional exchange of tears and gratitude. To see this powereful moment, click here.
Just two weeks ago, we collected a special offering at church. Over $450 was donated to send $100 to Hope International and to sponsor a child through Compassion. Our childs name is Frank January Manyanda. He is pictured above. He i s 7 years old and lives in Tanzania. When we receive our sponsorship packet, I will let you know how you can contribute and support Frank through our church.
Thank you all for giving!