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Compassion Sunday

Well, it’s finally here. Today we officially launch our church partnership with Compassion! As I’m sure you know by now, Compassion is a child advocacy and development ministry that partners with local churches in over 26 developing countries around the world, in order to see children released from poverty in Jesus’ name. And we at BPCC have the great opportunity and privilege to join Compassion in this mission.

Did you know that of the 2.2 billion children living in the world today, more than half are living in poverty? Did you know that poverty affects every area of a child’s well-being and life? Poverty not only causes frequent illness, chronic malnutrition, and impaired physical and mental development, but it denies children access to basic health care and education, weakens a child’s protective environment, and exposes them to abuse and exploitation. It robs children of opportunities and choices and steals from them hope and confidence in the future. Poverty and its effects are pervasive, and utterly devastating, especially for children.

And God is utterly grieved by the existence of poverty. As we’ve seen clearly in Amos, God roars at injustice and inequality and God calls His people to work for a just and righteous society in which the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable are protected and cared for (Lev. 19:15; Deut. 27:19; Prov. 21:3; 31:8–9; Is. 1:17; Jer. 9:23–24; Ams. 5:24; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 23:23–28). It is to this glorious end that we at BPCC want to work towards—through our involvement and support of the New Life Orphanage in Myanmar, the mission work in the Solomon Islands, and now also through Compassion.

There are myriad ways in which you can support the work of Compassion—by joining the ‘Child Advocate Network,’ the ‘Prayer Partners Network,’ or through buying a ‘Gift of Compassion’. But today, as we launch our church partnership, the focus will be on child sponsorship. A church partnership essentially means that we at BPCC will sponsor children from a specific region in the developing world, which in our case, is the Mae Hong Son region in Northern Thailand. Today you will hear more about this particular region and the challenges faced by people living there, as well as more details of child sponsorship, including what it costs and what it involves. But let me encourage you to embrace this opportunity from God; to be a part of breaking the cycle of poverty and giving a child (or children) in northern Thailand the opportunity to step out of poverty and into a future filled with hope and with the love of Christ.

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.Proverbs 31:8–9

Grace and peace,

Adam

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