Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday’s Feature – Older Children

As I shared earlier this month, when looking through the children waiting on the Compassion International website, one group of children I search for are the oldest children on the website.

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The minute I heard the statistic, it made sense to me. When it comes to sponsorship, people are usually drawn to the younger set and girls get chosen more often, too. I’ve noticed, looking over a table full of child packets, those little girls do tend to grab attention! Call it the “Awww Factor”, we’re drawn to chubby cheeks and ponytails.

But, there are many wonderful reasons why sponsoring an older child or a young man or woman would be a blessing.

  • If you’re concerned about the financial commitment of sponsorship, sponsoring an older child with just a few years left in the program might be a better choice for you. (Depending on the country, participation in the program lasts until anywhere between age 19 and age 22. You can email Compassion to ask about the completion date of any child you’re interested in!)
  • Being further along in their education, you might find that you have a more rewarding letter writing relationship with an older child. While I was initially worried about being pared up with our Johan, a young man from India, I have been so blessed with our connection through letters!
  • You have the option to get a lot more “in-depth” with your discipleship of an older child. As this young person moves into adulthood, you can share your walk and studies with the Lord in a deeper way.

It is worth remembering, almost every child on the Compassion International website who is over the age of ten has already been dropped by at least one sponsor. A child in their late teens may have even been dropped three, four or more times while being a part of Compassion.  They may be jaded and cynical and it may take a while for them to open up. But, with your dedication and encouragement, you can minister to them and make a wonderful impact in their life as they finish up their time in the program and make the transition into adulthood.

If you would like to look over some of the older children available for sponsorship through Compassion International, please click here.

You might also like to read this post from the Compassion blog: Three Things You Should Know About Compassion Adolescents

Do you already sponsor a teen or older child through Compassion International? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section!

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