Why don't you guys sponsor kids in the United States?

  • 2
  • Question
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • Answered
Archived and Closed

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies and is no longer visible to community members. The community moderator provided the following reason for archiving: These are isolated issues that have been resolved with that individual sponsor.

Just wondering why you guys don't sponsor kids in the United States?
Photo of Melissa Greene Bush

Melissa Greene Bush

  • 2 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

Posted 4 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Michael

Michael

  • 15 Posts
  • 8 Reply Likes

There are rules and regulations from the IRS and other agencies that make it difficult and inefficiently costly to set up a program like Compassion's, here in the States. That being said, there is also the issue of the level of poverty not being anywhere near as bad here, with the possible exception of Appalachia. As an Advocate, I do a lot of events, and I get to see hundreds of child packets each year. One of the things I do at these events is to glance thru some of the packets to find a little something out about some of the children. Two nights ago, at an Unspoken concert, I found 7 children (out of 100 packets) who live in an area of Africa where the average monthly wage is $2. Yesterday, at my own church, I had two (out of 25) who were in the same situation. I hardly think anybody in this country is living on $2/month. Not to mention that we have innumerable resources for people who are living in poverty to access in this country. In other countries, there are no resources except the Church.

Photo of Melissa Greene Bush

Melissa Greene Bush

  • 2 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
Thanks for answering Michael I was just wondering what the reasoning behind it was. Crazy that our country makes it so hard to give to the needy here though. I mean don't get me wrong I'm not opposed to helping other countries. Just wondering was all ,But now you have answered that for me so ty :)
Photo of Emily

Emily

  • 2650 Posts
  • 813 Reply Likes
Melissa, we definitely understand that there is also a need here in the United States and we're so grateful to people that have a heart for children in the US and want to make an impact in their own community and city. God has specifically called Compassion International to work in developing countries; that is the focus of our ministry. There are many wonderful organizations that do work in the US, some with Native Americans. We recommend that you contact your church or denominational outreach department to see what they may be doing or how they would recommend that you direct your giving. There are many different organizations that work with children in the USA, such as cityconnexx.org.
Photo of Michael

Michael

  • 15 Posts
  • 8 Reply Likes
Yes, Melissa, it is crazy that it's so difficult to help the needy in our own country. Especially when you consider all of the resources that are available and yet there are so many who still struggle. That's why my heart breaks for those who live in developing countries. We are their only help. Which isn't to say we can abdicate our responsibility to our own citizens. If anything, it means we have to fight the battle on both fronts. But it's much easier, and further reaching (I believe), when we help those who have so much less than even our poorest people.
Photo of William Blair

William Blair

  • 233 Posts
  • 165 Reply Likes
I really don't see how it is difficult to help the needy in the U.S. Where I live there are so many outreaches in the church. The homeless are finding jobs and a place to live,single parents are receiving what they need until they get back on their feet,the elderly are receiving what they need that they don't have the money to cover.Hard to give to the needy? Not where I live in Alabama.

This also includes the homeless who come to the church for food and clothing and that's all they want. No questions asked. Just sharing the love of God even when all they want is a handout. You would be surprised how many people complain at the homeless outreaches when they don't have the kind of food and clothing they want. Everything is donated and they know it.At one homeless outreach an off duty police officer volunteers his time to provide security because of the troublemakers. I hope none of you have this problem where you live.

We need to address the victim of society mentality in some people and the poverty mindset in some people. If you read what Wess Stafford said about how poverty affects peoples' minds we can get this across to people here in the U.S. the same as we do where Compassion works.
Photo of Michael

Michael

  • 15 Posts
  • 8 Reply Likes

Thank you William for bringing up the "victim of society" mentality issue. This is kind of what I was alluding to in my original comment about the level of poverty here and the multitude of resources available for the poor. If we're talking specifically about "sponsoring" a child, one can always do foster care.

I agree that it isn't difficult to give to the needy, everywhere. However, there are some cities that are issuing ordinances that prohibit food distribution to the homeless (without Health Dept. certification). I also know that county food banks that receive federal funding have issued regulations that prohibit churches from "proselytizing". That's why a lot of churches I know of no longer receive anything from the county food banks and rely completely on private donations. Our government is clearly attempting to make it harder for churches and private charities to do what we're supposed to be doing and force us to step aside so that IT can take over. But that is a conversation for another post ...

Photo of William Blair

William Blair

  • 233 Posts
  • 165 Reply Likes
Thanks Michael. As long as we don't take any money from the government we can't be told what to do. Compassion never accepts money that way. At least where I live there are many churches that know better than to let politicians get in the way and make a mess of things. It's a win/win situation for the church to never accept money from the government.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.