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Why I Sponsor a Child with Compassion International

For my wife’s birthday this March, we sponsored a child through Compassion International.   Manuu lives in India, and is very close in age to my oldest son.   We know that he lives in a very rural area of India, and his mother is unemployed and his father is sometimes employed as a farmer.     We have worked hard to make Manuu a part of our family by teaching our kids about where he lives, and what his life may be like.   (See the India Family Night…)

I don’t know if I’ll ever meet with Manuu.   I know he can’t actually read the letters we write to him, but I know that by making my monthly support to Compassion International I am helping in some small way.

When I watched this video from the Catalyst Conference, I started thinking that my help might not be so small after all.   Maybe it can make a difference.   Jimmy Wambua from Kenya met Mark, his Compassion Sponsor of 19 years, for the 1st time on stage. It was an unbelievable moment (Jimmy begins to share at minute 3:45).   Take the time to see the impact that Mark had on this young man from Kenya.

Take the time to visit Compassion.com and see what you can do to support a child.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Phil · October 19, 2009

    Beautiful and powerful moment.

    My wife Evie and I were there and had actually talked about sponsoring a child a few weeks before Catalyst. Needless to say, this moment put us over the top and Evie’s hand was one of the first to go up to ask for a packet.

    The child we sponsor, Francisco, is from El Salvador. His pic is on our fridge and we pray for him often. Last night as we were praying we said to our 4 year old little girl, “Francisco is now a part of our family.” She responded, “He’s got our last name now!?”

  2. Dustin Aagaard · October 19, 2009

    Thanks Jonathan for a great blog. Just got up on some older post. Love the 2nd grade parent invite to kids church, well done. I’ve been thinking of doing something like that but your game plan gave my thoughts some legs. Also enjoyed other post as well as this video. Just wanted to say thanks, well done, and keep it up.