I was going to post this during my Catalyst recap…but as I was listening to the latest Catalyst podcast my heart broke as I relived a moment from Catalyst 09. Let me setup what happened. Jimmy was 8 years old when he received a sponsorship from Mark through Compassion International. Jimmy is from Kenya, Africa and has grown up being sponsored by Mark. He is now going through a leadership development program and was brought to Catalyst to tell his story so more children like him could get sponsored. However, on stage he read a letter from Mark that talks about having the hope of Christ in his heart. Jimmy describes how he later trusted Christ because of that letter.
What happens next words can not describe as Jimmy had never met Mark…until Catalyst 09. He fell to his knees and wept so loudly that the 13,000 leaders were silent. All you could hear was extreme weeping. There was not a dry eye in the room. This video is so powerful, that moment was truly a God moment. Tears well up in my eyes just as I write this because of the impact it made on me. There were 1200 children sponsorship packets at Catalyst. Every single one was taken and only 25 were given back. As of last Monday money for over 600 packets have already been turned in. THAT IS INCREDIBLE! The video below is 18 minutes long. However, if you are strapped for time Jimmy’s part comes on at 3:45. Please watch this video, take the time to be changed by compassion to see God’s people taken care of. If you decide to sponsor a child for $38/month (that’s so little compared to how we live) please leave a comment or message me on twitter. The reason being we want to help a friend of ours who is an official Compassion International representative. Please pray about sponsoring a child…you never know the impact you could make until you do.
Luke 14:12-14 “Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’”
Luke 12:33-34 “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”