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That same $80 billion, invested properly, could actually wipe out hunger of a different kind, while at the same time allowing us to be a part of something that transcends the self-focused lives we tend to live. And in the process, our own emotional hungers will begin to be met.
Think about it…
Life for a young girl living in northern Kenya is brutally harsh. Her culture tells her that a woman’s life is shaped by hard work and long hours, and that she has less value than a man. Her earliest concerns are directed toward preparing for marriage (sometimes as young as 10 yrs. old), bearing children, and working well into the night. The common practice of female genital mutilation adds layers of pain, shame, anger and confusion about her identity. This is just one example of many girls - and boys - all over the world who live in hunger, poverty and even slavery. It's all they know.
This is starkly different from the experience of the average pre-teen girl in America who is more frightened of getting fat than she is about cancer or losing her parents. A product of a culture that values thinness over character, she joins millions of sisters, daughters and mothers in a never-ending obsession with weight, exercise and appearance. She’s afraid, insecure and confused about her identity.
There is something wrong in both of these situations, but we can do something about it!
true:shift is a partnership between Compassion International and the True Campaign. It’s an effort to create a practical way for all of us to make a difference, one step – or “shift” – at a time.
First, we need to shift our thinking. It’s not about feeling guilty but about living based on who God made us to be. More importantly, as we think more about others we will shift the focus off of ourselves and our fears, resulting in hearts that are free from the obsessions that bind us.
Next, we must shift our resources. It’s absurd to spend $80 billion a year on an industry that doesn’t deliver on its promises. As we shift those dollars to where they are truly needed, we challenge our appearance-obsessed culture and help end a crisis of poverty and hunger.
Where (and How) To Give
Through our partnership with Compassion International, you can be an integral part of meeting physical and spiritual hungers of children all over the world. For just $38 a month you can sponsor a child, and when you do you are linked with that particular child who will know your name, write to you, and treasure the thought that you care for them. This is a unique opportunity to "add" to your family in one of the simplest yet most meaningful ways possible.
Connecting with Your Sponsored Child
Once you sign up to sponsor a child through Compassion, you’ll receive a packet in the mail with a photo and information about that child. This gives you an opportunity to write letters back and forth, pray for one another, and connect with a very real person on the other side of the world. Each month you can know that your gift is reinforcing hope, life and truth to that child that will enable him/her to escape the hunger, poverty and even slavery they might otherwise have experienced.
So if you’re tired of the mess we’re living in, and if you want to be a part of change, then we invite you to make a “shift” in a tangible way. Sponsor a child and join us in making a true:shift.
(Go do it...)
Need More Info?
Click the banner above or call Compassion International at (800) 336-7676 and tell them you would like to sponsor a child with the true:shift project to begin your relationship with a child.