Compassion for Children this Christmas Season
As we celebrate the joyous birth of Christ, our hearts turn toward children. God speaks about them throughout his Word. These little ones are a welcome and valuable part of His Kingdom. Because children are important to God, children are important to us.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Jesus took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took the child in his arms. He said to them, “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37
Compassion International is one of the long-time mission partners of Malibu Presbyterian Church. It is a child sponsorship organization that is Christ centered and church based. Over the past 65 years Compassion's work has grown from modest beginnings and today is a worldwide ministry impacting millions of children. It is a ministry that strives to be grace filled, kind, forgiving and merciful. Jesus Christ is the core of their ministry. His life and teaching shape their programs. Compassion pairs people, just like you who care, with a child who is suffering from extreme poverty. Through monthly financial support of only $38, prayer, and letter writing, sponsors invest directly in the lives of children. This allows them the opportunity to be released from the spiritual, economic, social, and physical chains that their family has been trapped in for generations.
We are proud to report that members and friends of MPC are presently sponsoring over 200 children through Compassion International. In the fall of 2016 we decided to focus our attention on one of Latin America’s poorest countries, Nicaragua. Our church family sponsored almost 100 children located near the capital city of Managua and second largest city, Leon. This fall we sent a mission team to Nicaragua to visit some of the sponsored children and learn more about the organization. It was truly a life-changing experience for the MPC team as well as the child.
During this season of giving we hope that you remember the children around the world who are helped by Compassion International. For information on sponsoring a child please contact our Mission Director, Lisa Cislo at [email protected]. Additionally, one-time gifts are deeply appreciated. You can find a list of needs and more information about the organization on their website at Compassion International.
If you are interested in being a part of a trip to Nicaragua or visit some other mission partner, please speak with Lisa. There are several upcoming opportunities. Watch for insights and updates on other organizations that MPC supports. It is through your generous financial support that we are able to obey Jesus’ Great Commandment to spread the Gospel and care for those less fortunate both locally and throughout the world.
We encourage you to remember our mission partner of the month, Compassion International, in your prayers.
May God bless you and your family during this Advent and Christmas season.
The Malibu Presbyterian Mission Ministry