What is a Sponsor?

1. a person who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing.
2. a person who makes a pledge or promise on behalf of another.
Source:  dictionary.com
Have you ever thought about the value of simply being a sponsor?  What seems to you like a small donation or bit of your time, what does that really mean in the long term?
Throughout my life I have participated in events that I have done fundraising for, always with the end goal to make a difference.   It started with Jump Rope for Heart, then Band, followed by Youth Group, and other charitable/medical causes.  Each of the people who donated to my cause has made a difference, both in my life and in the lives of countless others.  When I stood at the end of completing 3 days and 60 miles by foot for Breast Cancer and heard our walk had collectively raised over $11 million dollars, I couldn’t even fathom the change that money would affect on a disease. 
Here in the United States the resources are endless for us to contribute and the lives which can be changed countless.  But, it’s not just in the US. 
It is around the world.
That’s when I knew this sponsorship was different. 
I had the chance to link up with a Child, for his or her life … for education, for medical treatment, for clothing, for food, for opportunity.  Ultimately for Jesus’ love to be shown to them, simply through my small gift each month. 
I don’t just send money and never know where it goes.  I send money and letters and birthday gifts and Christmas gifts.  I get letters in return.  My sweet child, telling me about her life, her school, the competitions she participates in, her family and friends.  She has no idea what I give each month, but what she gives FAR outweighs my small gift.  It really is amazing what $38/month can do.  A life literally change and hope given where there wasn’t much. 
You might not be ready to sponsor a child.  You might have already sponsored one, leave a comment, I would love to hear about it.  You might not know about Compassion and the opportunity they provide to children all around the world.  But, now you do. 
Won’t you consider one of these darling faces?  
You won’t regret the pledge and promise on behalf of that child. 


  1. Hassan Ashraf on May 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    How cute is this! Great idea! Thanks to Shaped by Grace for sharing this awesome post– so happy I found ya!!
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