This past weekend, Americans spent. We spent a lot. Did you get any good deals?
I’m all about a bargain, but I didn’t end up out shopping, but I have begun my Christmas shopping. Want to hear a confession? I may have succumbed to “one for you, one for me” a time or two…
Today has been decreed Giving Tuesday, a chance for that “one for you, one for me” to turn into a whole lot more as we look at how our money can be used as a tool for blessing people across the globe. I’m partnering with Compassion International, who has an exciting goal for today:
“On December 2nd, we want to help fund and launch a brand new Child Survival Program in Gujarat, India – ALL IN ONE DAY, #GivingTuesday!”
It falls on the Tuesday after Black Friday and was created in response to the consumerism that happens after Thanksgiving.
- The average woman is just 18 when she becomes a mother here.
- She has four children.
- More than 70 percent of the mothers here give birth in their homes.
- Their children are malnourished.
- And they are surrounded by illiteracy, alcoholism, child labor, child marriage and abuse.
Courtesy of Compassion International: http://blog.compassion.com/why-giving-tuesday-matters/#ixzz3KkPWLJnx
Beyond that, one in three infant deaths worldwide occur in India, and every year, over 2 million children under the age of five die in India.
But Compassion’s Child Survival Program will offer Hope. The center will:
- prepare moms with training to help care for their babies
- help mothers learn to read and write
- give children a safe place to learn and grow
- ensure lifesaving medical care for babies and moms
- proclaim the hope of God to families living in poverty
In light of how easy it is to prevent the deaths of these precious children, somehow giving of my resources and my time to spread the word isn’t even a question. Today, I gave toward this program. I couldn’t give what sounds like a lot, but I offered something to help Compassion reach its goal of $25,000 today to reach the mothers of Gujarat, India, with medical assistance to protect their children, but also reach them with the love of Jesus, offering eternal salvation for an entire community.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m given the ability to spend my Sundays like this…
…I can afford to give something so that a mother has the ability to raise her child protected from preventable diseases and malnutrition.
As a quick side note, I’m also advocating for a three-year-old girl in India! Dibyashree is not from Gujarat, but she is precious and she is still vulnerable. I’m in love with her sweet face. If you’re interested in sponsoring her, please be in touch before December 12!
Check out some other Compassion Bloggers writing about #GivingTuesday: