"Want to Change the World? Sponsor a Child" [June] is excellent. Thank you, Compassion, for having your program used in this study so that we have statistics that prove sponsoring children does make a difference. We support several children through Compassion Canada and give thanks for the opportunity to impact their lives.
I am a missionary in West Africa in a country where Compassion does not work. We missionaries all have protégés: children we are personally sponsoring through school. Last year my husband and I ended up with 13 and ran out of money, so I was able to find sponsors among friends in the United States. I am deeply thankful for your article, which affirms our personal commitment to the children. I will recommend it to the sponsors we found. When we show mercy to "the least of these," we are in some mysterious way serving Jesus, and it certainly honors him.
We Can't Hide
I appreciated the refreshing transparency of "A Terrifying Grace" [June], in which Mark Galli observed that we never reveal all of ourselves even to the ones we love. God knows what we try to conceal, and that is a needed message for Christians everywhere. It brings to mind the most convicting yet comforting prayer I pray, the Anglican Collect for Purity: "Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name: through Christ our Lord. Amen."
Health and Poverty
"The Fitness-Driven Church" [June] ignored the major contributions of John Wesley and the early Methodists ...1