There is no mistaking that God wants us to give our time, talents, and money to those that are in need. the bible tells us that all over.
Proverbs 19:17 "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed."
Hebrews 13:16 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
2 Corinthians 9:7 "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Matthew 25:4 "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."
It's hard to argue with scripture, isn't it?
I know that it is sometimes hard to think about giving to the poor. We have families to feed, bills to pay, Christmas gifts to buy, etc. Our excuses really can be endless. However, God calls us to give anyway.
It's actually amazing how such little money can make such a big difference in the lives of a child and/or family in need.
What's absolutely wonderful is that Compassion makes is so easy to give to a wonderful cause. Through the use of their gift catalog, you can trust that your money will go exactly to what you donated it to. I want to share three causes that you can donate to to make a difference this season. You won't regret it.
For only $10 you can provide a family in Africa with garden seeds. For these families, $10 worth of seeds is enough for them to grow a large garden of food to feed their family. Then, after harvest, they will have more seeds to plant for the next year. $10 can truly feed a family for many years to come.
For $35 you can give a share of a playground for a needy community. While a playground is not necessarily a pressing need for surival, I think it is super important for children to have a safe place to play. Many children living in 3rd world countries simply don't live in safe places. They either stay home or they wander the streets, running into who knows what kind of trouble.
For $350 you can help build a classroom in a needy area. In many places, families cannot afford to send their children to a good school. Because every parent wants to give their child an education, they send them to the only schools they can, which are often times schools without walls, a ceiling, or even school supplies. Can you imagine getting together with your church or group of friends and raising enough money to build a quality classroom for these children?