“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” —Philippians 1:6
I was watching a video this morning of my friend Dr. KP Yohannan visiting the home of a girl enrolled in the third grade of a Bridge of Hope center sponsored by supporters of Gospel for Asia (GFA). The video featured a visit to the humble home where the little girl lives with her grandmother in the slums of Mumbai.
As the story unfolded, Brother KP wondered how long the woman would be able to care for her precious granddaughter as they both grew older. He spoke of the potential of the child to grow up into an adult who cares deeply for others, whether in business or as a loving mother. She has a long way to go, but the Bridge of Hope center is preparing her for such a future.
Just as I was thinking about the likelihood of her actually completing the journey across that bridge to a future of hope and prosperity, Dr. Yohannan made a statement that both pierced and blessed my heart.
He said, “Our commitment is to stay with her till she makes it.”
Within that moment, my entire understanding of child sponsorship was transformed.
My perspective on sponsorship was pretty much limited to providing education, food and health care. I realized that I had neglected the fact that we also provide a place for character development, a setting where the child can learn to discern truth from error, and a place where the love of Jesus is demonstrated in a way that it can transform their lives and embody it as they grow into adulthood.
I realized anew the commitment that GFA and its field partners have to ensure that Bridge of Hope children actually find that hope, not just from day to day, but for their entire future.
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