Not everyone in the world is as fortunate as us, and as Christians we want to help those less fortunate. One of the ways we can help is through a Christian child sponsor program – which we shall look at in more detail in today’s article.
What are Christian Child Sponsor Programs?
Christian child sponsor programs are charities through which we can donate money to help children living in poverty or undesirable circumstances. The money donated can help towards providing food, clothes, shelter and even presents at Christmas. Many Christian child sponsor programs are run through ministries while others are large global agencies run by like-minded Christians. Christian child sponsor programs are not-for-profit organizations so you can be sure that your kindly donated money will be going straight to a good cause.
How do Christian Child Sponsor Programs Work?
When you decide to sponsor a child through a sponsor program, you will first start by finding the sponsor program that you like the look of the most. In many cases you will get to see images of the children who are in need of your help – you can read about their backgrounds and choose the child that you would like to sponsor. You then choose your sponsorship amount – this can be as little or as much as you can afford to pay. In some cases your money will be given directly to the child and in other cases it will be spread out amongst their community. The money can go towards education, nutrition, medical care and more. Every now and then you will receive correspondence from your sponsored child so you can see how they are doing and how your money has gone to help them.
Why Sponsor a Christian Child?
There are many reasons that Christians should sponsor a child – if they can afford to do so. There are several passages in the Bible that tell us how important it is to give to the poor. For example, in Acts 10:4 and 10:31 God blessed Cornelius saying: “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” There are millions of children around the world who are living in dire poverty and at such a young age there is little they can do except pray. As Christians living in the USA we are fortunate to have access to basic necessities and good infrastructure – whereas many of these children do not. Part of being a good Christian is about helping the poor – and sponsoring a child is one of the best ways that we can do this.
How to Choose a Christian Child Sponsor Program
As there are so many different Christian child sponsor programs available it can be hard to know which one to choose, but there are several factors you can look at that can help you in your decision. Firstly you need to do background research on any potential programs – where does your money go? If you want it to go directly to the child you are sponsoring then make sure this is the case as many just spread the money out evenly. What region do you want to sponsor a child in? Some Christian child sponsor programs offer you the opportunity to sponsor a child anywhere in the world whereas others concentrate on a more local area. If you have preferences for a region ensure that the sponsor program you choose operates there.
Almost all of the top child sponsor programs are run by churches across the USA. If you want your sponsor program to be religiously affiliated make sure you check their background and what church they are associated with. The final thing to consider when choosing a Christian child sponsor program is the cost of sponsorship. While many people can afford to spend quite a lot each month, others can only afford a minimal donation. Some sponsor programs have minimum amounts that you can donate each month. Typically sponsorship amounts vary between $10 and $40 per month – however there are no limits on how much you can donate.