July 23, 2014

Inspired to Sponsor

Compassion Bloggers have been asked to post about what or who inspired us to sponsor a child.

For me it was Steve Camp.

When I was eighteen a friend and I went to his concert. There we sat in the bleachers of a school gym. He talked about this organization that helped the poor all over the world. I'd never heard of it before and was instantly intrigued.


That night, I felt strongly led by the Holy Spirit to sponsor a child and I have never looked back since.

I know some people think it's annoying when they go to a concert and the singer starts talking about giving to the poor, but I wonder where I'd be if Steve Camp hadn't, where would my sponsored children be now?

I'm grateful Steve Camp took that step of faith and shared. I thought I'd share one of Steve's inspiring songs  (and yes, it's very 80's) : )


Whatever You Ask

Lord I see the things you ask of me

Faithfulness, holiness and purity

I love your truth, I long to show it to the world for You

So Lord I need your help to understand

The other person who I sometimes am

I never want to live a day that I can't say to You

Lord, whatever You ask I want to obey You

To let my life beat with a servant's heart

Lord whatever You ask I know that you can give me wisdom and courage

To equal the task, Lord, whatever You ask

I think so much, it steals away

The will to make the time to serve and pray 

And there are days I don't take up Your cross and follow You

But I have learned that I can talk with You

You know everything that I am going through

If I just ask I find that You're right there

Providing me with the strength I need

...to equal the task

Lord whatever You ask


"Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him"  Psalm 41:1



Would you like to sponsor a child in need and change a life?

These kids are waiting for a sponsor today: Children in Need


15 comments:

  1. This is beautiful.
    First time hearing of Steve Camp.
    He sounds like a great guy!

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  2. To me Steve Camp was the 'Casting Crowns' of the 80's. : ) His songs were filled with gospel truth and encouraged me to live for Christ.

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  3. Loved Steve Camp, then and now!! He was a true leader in the cause of the orphan.

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  4. OH so 80's but awesome nonetheless!! I first heard about Compassion at a Rich Mullins concert. :) Way back then I never thought I'd ever be working for them. Wonderful post Cathy!!

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  5. Cathy,
    Wonderful lyrics & I don't recall how I first heard about Compassion International...but in the late 80s :)

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  6. Visiting from Booknificent Thursdays. This reminds me of Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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  7. I first heard about Compassion at a Michael W. Smith concert. It was an amazing experience to sponsor a child and communicate with him through letters! When I think of Steve Camp, I think of my college years...
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds
    http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

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  8. Cathy, My husband and I say sponsorship is such a blessing sometimes we feel like we do it for us. Getting updates and photos of our sponsored kiddos is the best! Thanks for sharing this!

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  9. Cathy praise God for Jeremy's challenge and your tender heart. What a blessing for the children! Stopping by from Blessing Counters Linkup

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  10. I'm visiting today from The Weekend Brew. I loved your poem. God only knows how powerfully He will work in sponsored children's lives. They need support, and we need to give. Blessings!

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  11. I am a member of the Thrive Team at Hope Unlimited for Children. Unlike virtually all other sponsorships, I know that 100% of my money goes directly to meet the needs of the children – and I've never seen another organization's post-graduation stats that can begin to match Hope's. If anyone's interest in learning more, here's a link: www.hopeunlimited.org/thrive-team

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  12. While I have not sponsored through Compassion, I have through World Vision. There was such a sense of anticipation which came when, several years later, the child had grown to no longer need support. May we be obey when God asks even when we are in a concert or a conference. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  13. I'm so blessed to be next to you at Janis' this week. Compassion is an amazing way to help!

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  14. Thank-you all for stopping by and sharing! It's always encouraging to see so many helping the needy, whether it's through Compassion or another organization.

    God bless!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your story on Booknificent Thursday. I enjoyed it!
    Tina

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