See how your life can really make an impact on the unreached in Asia. Corie, a Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope child sponsor, shares her story in this short video. You and your family can make a difference too. Watch this video to find out how. Learn more about our Bridge of Hope and to sponsor at http://www.gfa.org/mom
Bridge of Hope sponsorship is not just about giving money to support a child in Asia—it’s much, much more. If you decide to pour into a child’s life, you are making a direct impact on the lost in Asia. Your child will have food, clothes, education, and most importantly, your child will learn about Jesus’ love and share it with his or her family and the surrounding community.
From Corie: “I can’t imagine as a mom, the gratitude I would have for someone who could provide food and education for my kids, if that was utterly beyond my control. I mean, there are kids hungry, you know, and um, my kids eat. And I felt like the Lord said, “Do you think I love that kid any less than I love your kid.” And yeah, I don’t know, I love my three kids; I give them everything that I feel like is good for them to have. We have a girl and two boys, and we picked out a girl and two boys, and have been sponsoring them since 2008 and we just thought it was a really neat way to link our kids with kids on the other side of the world, and so Claire, my oldest, takes ownership of Pooja, our girl, and she writes her letters and prays for her, and then we have Niraj and Sutindra, who are two boys that I’ve paired with my boys, and my boys have been too little to write their own letters, but I have Caleb kind of dictate what he wants me to say and anyway, they pray for their kids, and I feel like it’s been a really good way for my kids to kind of identify what other kid’s lives are like that are so different from theirs.”
What’s the impact of your sponsorship?
“We’re sponsoring the child, obviously, but you know that the impact is across the whole family and really even the whole community. And when we pray, those are the things we pray for, and you know my kids, they always pray for clean water, because they can’t imagine not having clean water, and for food, and when we pray for their school, we pray that they would, you know, learn to read so they can learn to read the bible so they can tell their moms and dads and families and communities about Jesus. So it’s really fun to know that there’s a huge ripple effect. Yes, we’re sponsoring these kids and we love these kids, but we’re not just touching the lives of these kids, but we’re impacting families and communities on the other side of the world.”
Is sponsoring a sacrifice?
“It really empowered me to make those little changes. I don’t need a Starbucks coffee, we can knock out going out to eat, and so our family can go out to eat two or three less times a month, and it can still have a big impact. That just really was inspiring to me.”
Interesting Facts About Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day started in 1908 by Anna Jarvis as a day for reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done. (1)
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers. (3)
Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States. (4)
In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ‘m.’
The most common flower for Mother’s Day is the carnation; pink and red for mothers who are alive, and white for those who have passed away. (4)
The amount of money spent on Mother’s Day in the U.S. is approximately $14 billion. (4)
Research has proven that there are health benefits to receiving flowers. (4)
There were an estimated 85.4 million mothers in the U.S. in 2009. (2)
Initially, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church and writing letters to their mothers. Eventually, sending cards and giving presents and flowers became part of the tradition. (2)
Approximately 65% of card sales occur five days prior to Mother’s Day. (2)