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Change the Story – Compassion Sunday 2012

Northwood Church is participating in Compassion Sunday during both services on April 22 to focus on the needs of children who live in extreme poverty throughout the world.

It’s clear from what we read in the Bible that God loves children dearly and considers each child, no matter how poor, to be precious.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” – Luke 18:16

God created each child to be totally unique. Each child has their own story to tell: where they were born, what their family is like, what they experience each day, and where they are headed.

Millions of children today have a very sad story filled with heartache, fear, hunger, and intense poverty. Many cannot go to school, or have no knowledge of a loving God. And many have come to believe that they were meant to be poor, that it’s their fault, that their lives have no value at all. Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line ($1.25 per day).

The good news, though, is that God can use each of us to intervene in the life of at least one child who is looking for love and compassion.

Jesus states how we can love him and his children. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. . .” – Matthew 25:35-36

On Compassion Sunday, please accept the challenge to consider “changing the story” for a child in need.

Any questions may be directed to Brice Shireman at 763.416.1913 or debbieshireman@embarqmail.com

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