Today is the final day of my series of blog posts sharing about children in Uganda who are in need of sponsors. I have one more to share with you today. If you’d like to learn more about the other children I’ve shared about this week, and my compelling reasons for sharing about them, please click on these links:
Justice for the Fatherless — meet Praise
Orphan Care — meet Gift
Change the World — meet Jonah and Jovin
Love Hopes — meet Iryn
They are all still in need of sponsors.
Today, I wanted to write a bit about pity and compassion. Surely most who become aware of the serious nature of the world’s orphan care needs are experiencing one or the other.
What’s the difference? Are they different?
According to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
pity: n. The feeling of one person excited by the distress of another.
compassion: n. A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another.
The words are very similar in definition. Nearly interchangeable for most of us. The difference is that with compassion, the suffering becomes our own. We are distressed by what we feel, the knowledge we have that another is suffering. When we suffer ourselves, don’t we generally do something about it?
In Scripture, the word pity generally leads to compassion coupled with an act of charity, and not simply a feeling of distress or sorrow.
Whoever has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17)
The difference between pity and compassion is the resulting action.
Do you have pity or compassion for the children of Uganda?
It is my prayer that during the past 5 days, at least 5 of you are being prompted by the Holy Spirit to take your pity and add some compassionate action to the mix. There are about 50 kids at SASCU in need of sponsors. I believe there are likely more than 5 of you with the means and heart to help these kids. I urge you to prayerfully consider giving in this way.
These kids are vulnerable. They have heart-breaking stories. But their lives do not have to dictated by the past. The future is bright for each of them and for the country of Uganda. They just need a little compassion.
Now let me introduce you to Bosco.
Mukalazi Bosco is 14 years old and in Primary 7. His favorite subject in school is social studies. Some day he hopes to be a doctor. He loves playing soccer for fun and loves SASCU because they give him the opportunity to develop his talents.
Bosco is a jolly, comical, and outspoken boy.
Bosco is the third born in the family of 9 children. His father asked him to go and work in order to raise his school fees (did you know that basic education is not free in Uganda?). Bosco decided to board a taxi to Kampala. He failed to find a job and as a result ended up on the streets. He was identified by SASCU social workers during a street outreach program.
You can sponsor Bosco with a monthly gift of $50, made through Paypal — they make it so simple.
Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring this young man, or one of the other children in need, today?
I’m joining with more than 60 other bloggers this week also sharing a chosen topic for 5 days. Realizing that’s a lot of bloggers, I’ll give you a great place to begin with these 8 friends. Take some time stop by and say hi. They have much to share with you for your family, home, and homeschool!
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story ~ Making Homeschooling Fun!
Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness — International Meals
Melanie @ FinchNWren ~ Finchnwren’s Fabulous Family Movies
Sarah @ Delivering Grace ~ learning about England
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart ~ Connecting with the Creator through Nature Study
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama ~ 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas ~ A Happy, Peaceful Home
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses ~ Homeschooling 4 FREE resources
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