This weekend is New Wine Guensey and Mum and Dad have been helping to staff a Compassion stall at the event.
Compassion UK is an amazing child sponsorship charity which operates across some of the poorest countries in the world. It only costs £21 to sponsor a child every month and that will make such a massive difference to a child and their family. Mum and Dad are Compassion reps and have been to visit a couple of their sponsor children, in Rwanda and Ethiopa and they have seen first hand what a difference the sponsorship makes.
We have a child in Haiti and look forward to hearing from her. She sends us letters and we write back to her, telling her what we do and about our family. I think that amazing thing about the charity is that because you get letters from your child it feels very personal.
If you don’t sponsor a child, please consider it. It can make such a difference to their lives.
Compassion UK is an amazing organisation that works in 25 of the worlds poorest countries. They operate child sponsorship projects and for just £21 a month you can sponsor a child and make a massive difference to their lives. Compassion supports the whole family through the local churches, offering improved healthcare, access to eduction, training, social and emotional and spiritual care. As a sponsor you receive a picture of your child, their name, some information about them and their family and where they live. You also get regular letters and the children love hearing from their sponsors. I cannot help thinking how life changing this small amount of money must be to these children and their families.
Last year my Mum and Dad became Compassion reps and as a result they had the privilege of going out to Ethiopia on a reps trip and they had the opportunity to meet one of their children (I think they have 4 sponsor children now…. Dad is a bit of a soft touch really!!!
Here is a short video they made of their trip. Please watch it and consider whether you might be able to afford £21 a month to hep provide support and love to one of these children.
Tomorrow MP’s will debate, among other things, the time limits for termination. Currently this stands at 24 weeks (although I believe that even later terminations are possible if there are significant disabilities, or risks to the mother – someone might correct me on that one though!!)
My younger cousin Ali was born early, at about 24 weeks I think, weighing 1lb 11oz. She is now 17 years old and apart from being a typical pain in the arse she is perfectly normal. I remember at the time being absolutely horrified that a foetus could have been terminated right up until the time she was born. I also remember very well looking at her through the window into the special care unit and thinking she looked like a little monkey, and was really scrawny and funny looking.
Many years ago I was an avid pro-lifer, but I guess over time I have changed. Working as a social worker gives you a complete shift in thinking when you see what other people have to go through and some of the tough decisions they have to make. Whilst I still absolutely believe in the sanctity of life, I also recognise that for some people, termination may be the right solution in a very difficult situation. The one thing I have a really hard time with though is the fact that a foetus can be terminated so late… 24 weeks is far, far to late. If Ali could survive at 24 weeks, over 17 years ago, then surely medical technology has moved on significantly since then. I know that 20 weeks has been mooted as an option, but even that is too late… what about 16 weeks? Surely 4 months is long enough for someone to make a decision?
I know I have never been in that situation, and I would never, ever pass judgement on someone who make a choice to end a pregnancy, but I would hope that as a civilised society we can protect and care for the most vulnerable individuals, whether they have been born already, or whether they are yet to enter into this world. Responding with grace and compassion is essential when we enter a debate such as this. Without it we will always have polarised opinions and we will lose the people in the middle who are affected by the decisions.