Hope, Hunger, and Friendly Sharks

child in ocean on inflatable shark

Cadence, Me, and a Friendly Shark. Hawaii, 2012.


What Hope Can Do

“A friendly shark and an ocean to keep him in.” That’s what grandson Cadence was hoping to receive as a birthday gift  when he was about to turn three.  It’s a wish born of privilege, isn’t it?

Thanks be to God, all the things my grandkids hope for are birthed in privilege. They hope for things like a good grade on an upcoming spelling test. They hope for the cute boy to send a text message. They hope for a baby brother or a baby sister. They hope to grow up to become astronauts.

Other kids have other hopes. They hope to eat today–or maybe tomorrow.

They hope for water that won’t make them sick when they drink it. 

They hope to learn to read. 

They hope to not catch malaria. 

They hope that no more of their brothers and sisters will die. 

They hope that they won’t die. 

It’s blog month at Compassion International. And I’m asking.

No, I’m pleading. 

Would you? Can you be Jesus with skin on to one of these hopeful children? 

Their only wrongdoing, you know, was to have the misfortune to be born into the circumstances of poverty.

You can fix that for one precious child. 

You–yes you–can be hope for one precious, hungry, hopeful soul. 

Won’t you? Please? 

Sign up today to sponsor a child. Or two.


Friends, September is Blog Month at Compassion International. I’ll share some stories here, this month, about the difference you can make in the life of one child trapped in poverty. Our goal is to find sponsors for 3,160 children during September. For $38 a month you can lift a child from the grip of poverty. Won’t you pray on that possibility? And if you’re so moved, then jump on over to Compassion International to choose a child.  They’re waiting for you.

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35 (NASB)





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