submitted by Bob Harris, Missions Committee

World Vision is an evangelical Christian ministry that enables individuals or families to sponsor a Third World country child in need – such as an orphan, a youngster living in a high risk area or a young person living in an area of abject poverty.  While the Missions Committee is NOT recommending that church members sponsor a child in need through World Vision, we believe that you should be aware of this program in event you have an interest in sponsoring a child in need.

The World Vision child sponsorship program, which is endorsed by famed Christian author Tony Campolo, focuses on empowering children, their families and their communities out of poverty.  Child sponsor funds are pooled with other World Vision funds to provide water, food, medical facilities, schools and Christian inspiration to the community in which the child lives.

The child sponsorship, which costs $39 a month, can last for up to 10 or 15 years for a given child, or less as solely determined by a sponsor.  Sponsorships can help fund a child from kindergarten through high school or beyond.  Sponsored children can be chosen by gender, age, national location, or randomly.

Each child has only one sponsor.  Sponsors have the option of communicating with the child by letter or photograph on special occasions such as a birthday, Easter or Christmas.  Children in the program periodically communicate by mail with their sponsors.

If you would like to know more about the World Vision Child Sponsorship program, click here.