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The Ripple Effects

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I sponsored a child through a non-profit organization several years ago. What unfolded in my life next was unexpected. The ripples are still causing change, impact, and praise.

It began with a Sparkle Box.

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“Mommy, I want a Sparkle Box that reaches all the way to the ceiling. I want one so big we need a ladder to climb to the top!”

One look at those sparkling, big, brown eyes and I knew she was completely serious. Her smile revealed two dimples, one on either side. Her enthusiasm, her delight, and her big dreams revealed her generous heart.

“Wow, a Sparkle Box that reaches to the ceiling, eh?! That would be amazing. What would we do with a Sparkle Box that big?”

“We could help all the poor children, Mommy. We can get all of them food and clothes.”

Lord, I thought, ‘Give me that kind of faith. Give us a Sparkle Box so big we need a ladder to climb to the top!’

I met little boys, like Karim (and Jerry), and a 2-minute interaction changes my life. I heard sweet Blanca Olivia’s story, and I read books, like Awake: Doing a WORLD of Good One Person at a Time by Noel Yeatts. Verses in God’s word started jumping out at me regarding His heart for the poor, the orphaned, and the widow. I began to see God’s heart for justice, mercy, and compassion–not only for me, but for others.

“…I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living,” (Amos 5:24).

“…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God,” (Micah 6:8).

“…I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (Matthew 25:40).

It’s like a ripple effect. There’s a need, God opens our eyes to the need, He stirs our hearts to meet that need, we’re blessed to bless others… and the ripples keep going in ways we never see. Yet we know our gifts are not only helping to usher in hope in others lives, but they work to producing praise, thanksgiving to God, in the heart of the receiver.

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you areenriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)

From the moment our heart turns to the need, to the moment the receiver holds the gift in their hands… it’s all worship. All of it used to pour out the love of Christ, and usher in praise.

Yeah, the ripples are still causing change, impact, and praise!

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Want to learn a little more about sponsorship?

Want to find out the WHY? behind sponsorship? Go {here} to learn more and hear what sponsors are saying. Then, dig a little more by reading through our sponsorship blog posts. You’ll be surprised at how the simple act of giving a few dollars a month works a transformative work in the lives of many–including us!

Perhaps you’ve already done the research and are ready to take the next step. If that’s you, you can invest in the life of a child by becoming a sponsor {here}.

The funny thing about sponsorship is that we start out with a heart to make a difference in someone’s life, yet we soon find out we’re the ones whose lives are changed. It’s funny how God does that?

It surely is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)! Child sponsorship–where our gift becomes a multiplied blessing!

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