Let your pastor know how passionate you are about speaking up for children in poverty. Cut and paste this letter into an e-mail. Feel free to edit or personalize it, but let your church leadership know how you feel.
Dear Pastor <name>,
I would love to introduce you to a ministry that has been answering God's call to help the poor for more than 50 years. Compassion International is one of the most respected child ministry organizations in the world. Compassion partners with nearly 4,000 churches in developing countries to provide basic needs for children and to teach those children about the love of Christ. Compassion also partners with churches here in the United States to help find sponsors for those children. In case you haven't noticed a central theme here, Compassion is all about children and partnering with God's Church!
This is an amazing time for the Church in the United States. More and more, believers are looking for practical ways to live out their faith, and many times this includes a desire to reach out to the poor. However, according to a recent survey conducted by the Barna Research Group, many churches are not addressing the issue of poverty at all. More than half of regular church attendees in our country say they have not heard a single sermon on God's mandate to help the poor in the past year. In fact, it's been said that two of the most difficult topics for pastors to preach about are suffering and helping the poor. There are, however, effective ways to deliver this difficult yet vital message to our congregation.
The folks at Compassion have created free materials that you can use anytime. Just visit their Web site, compassion.com/youcan, and follow the Speak Up link. You'll find free sermons, bulletin inserts, posters and multimedia presentations for our church. It's a great way to share God's message of how we are all called to care for the poor and hurting. Compassion even has a roster of speakers available to visit our church who can provide more depth about the biblical mandate to care for children and the poor.
Please visit Compassion's Web site and take advantage of these free materials.
"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble." James 1:27 (NKJV)
Yours in Christ,