Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Compassion Sunday

Coming up in just a few months, this year’s Compassion Sunday falls on April 21st!

From the Compassion Sunday webpage:

“Compassion Sunday is a special, annual event that draws the attention of the Church to the needs of the world's poorest children.

This is your opportunity to share your heart for the poor with those who could help change their lives forever.

We anticipate that 10,000 children will find hope and a new life story on this very special day. With God's blessing and the participation of sponsors like you, perhaps even 15,000 children could be sponsored!”

Whether you are an official part of Compassion’s Advocate Network or you are a sponsor who is passionate about the work of Compassion International, you have the ability to spread the word and share Compassion with your church or any church in your area!

Compassion makes it so easy, with lots of resources including a presentation planning guide. This walks you through a basic presentation and even gives you a short script you could use if you need it.

Perhaps the thought of speaking in front of a crowd scares you. I get that and I was pretty nervous before the first time I hosted a Compassion Sunday.  Compassion has several videos available that could be played before or after the church service.

As I said, I was incredibly nervous before sharing Compassion Sunday with our church in 2011. I prepared a short presentation and went over until it was almost memorized. The night before my presentation, I had a dream that had my pulse racing.  I dreamt that everything that could go wrong for the presentation, did go wrong.  My microphone wouldn’t work, the overhead wouldn’t turn on, I tripped on my way up to the pulpit, I stuttered and lost my place several times.  I woke up in a panic. Then the thought came to me – No matter what happens, it certainly can’t be that bad!

My presentation went off without a hitch. As I was speaking to our church family, this overwhelming feeling came over me, like I was on auto-pilot.  I realized that the Holy Spirit equips us and helps us in times like this.

Reminds me of something I have heard before.

Perhaps you feel the Lord calling you to stand up on Compassion Sunday and share the mission of Compassion with others. If you would like to learn more or sign up, please stop by the Compassion Sunday webpage.

I also want to share this post from fellow Advocate Karen Spencer which shows how, even if things do not go according to plan, we are still serving Jesus by our willingness to speak out for His children.

What’s A Little Chaos on Compassion Sunday?

If you are already planning to have a Compassion Sunday at your church, please leave a comment and let me know! I’d be happy to pray for your event! If you have questions about Compassion Sunday, or if you’re considering it and are seeking prayer, feel free to contact me!