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You can change the life of a child through sponsorship... possibly save a life.
Life Center is involved with child sponsorships in three different regions of the world through our partnerships.
On Sunday, November 15, 2009 Life Center launched a partnership with World Vision to transform a community in Swaziland called Maseyisini by sponsoring over 1500 children!
They try to serve the poorest of the poor, where no one else is working. They create an ADP: an Area Development Project. They go into an area—like a county—and meet with the village leaders—it starts with building relationships. They win trust and together create a development plan that includes clean water, food, education, jobs, and medical care. As children in the area are sponsored, it provides a stream of income that can be used to make all these things happen. It is not only the sponsored child who benefits—it’s their whole family, the whole village.
More information about the Maseyisini community can be found by downloading an informational PDF here.
To sponsor a child from Maseyisini, please go to the World Vision website.
The “Church to Church” program partners U.S. congregations with churches in the world’s poorest communities. Launched at the Willow Creek Association's 2009 Leadership Summit, the goal of this partnership is to bridge the divide between wealthier churches in the U.S. that are passionate about serving the poor and churches in the poorest communities around the world.
Today, those living in extreme poverty account for almost one fifth of the world's population, or 1.1 billion people. This staggering number of people includes nearly 600 million children whose families earn less than $1 per day.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children - enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Wonder how well sponsorship actually works? Check out this article from Christianity Today and then take a look at specific results on Compassion's site.
Life Center's church to church partner is Iglesia Elim church in El Salvador. The link below will offer children from the child development center operated by the Iglesia Elim church.
“After living in comfort in America, while completing my education, a visit back to Adiedo Village in the year 2000 shocked me. My eyes were opened to an Adiedo I never knew existed, even though I grew up there. People were dying of simple treatable diseases. HIV/AIDS had infected so many people. There was no basic health care, medication, or even information about disease. Orphans and widows abounded as my village continued to exist without clean water. I left my village in 2000 with a choice: go back to America, the land of comfort and keep silent, or go back to America and find a way to repair Adiedo.” David Opap
David Opap founded Spring of Hope International (SOHI) to bring people of Africa into full knowledge and relationship with Christ. SOHI does this while working to reduce extreme poverty in Africa among the poorest of the poor, village by village, in partnership with other organizations and individuals. SOHI seeks to provide affordable solutions that help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty, giving them a future and hope.