I talked a little about the importance of life on mission as a family in a previous post. Well, tonight (March 2nd) I am writing this after volunteering at a Compassion Experience event at a local church.
Experience another world without leaving yours
That is how The Compassion Experience, describes itself. We absolutely have deprivation and poverty in developed countries, but it is on a whole different level in less-developed countries. It is so easy for us to skate by life without ever being hit by this. I have friends who have been on mission trips around the globe and their lives changed by what they have seen and heard. This experience allows us a marginal glimpse into what that is like – and is a fantastic tool for parents to enlighten your kids on global missions.
So, that being said – I left tonight with my heart broken. Myself and my wife, Kaicee, sponsor a young boy in Bangladesh and getting to talk about our heart for this mission with people coming to check the experience out tonight was really cool – but hearing their responses even cooler:
“I’d spent $38 a month on Starbucks – sure I’ll give that up!” one mother said.
Our kids hear, and see, everything parents do – what better an example to show your children sacrifice in order to support global missions? There are plenty of amazing ministries you can support doing work all around the world, and you should absolutely lead your family to support your convictions in that – I’m just sharing this because of my personal experience.
My challenge to you as parents is – what can you sacrifice in your life now, to support the work of God locally, nationally or globally? The lessons your child(ren) will learn from this experience are huge. They will see love and sacrifice in a whole new way – a great chance for you to share why it is important to love in that way. Not because it’s a good thing to do, but because it’s what Jesus called us to:
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
God commands us to love “the least of these” and in our world we have many opportunities to do this. I talked on the last post about some ways to live life on mission locally, but the work of Compassion has become so dear to my heart. $38 a month is one meal out sacrificed for your family, a chance to monthly explain why you aren’t eating out this Thursday night. Not only that, but your kids can love on their new friend with letter-writing and gift-sending.
Maybe this isn’t for you – maybe $38 is just too much a stretch right now – but find some way to model sacrificial love to your children, it is a life lesson of paramount importance.
– Jared Simpson
If you’re able to, check out The Compassion Experience’s website and see if there is an experience near you – drive an hour or two if you have to, it will be worth it.