Welcome to the blog carnival. This is actually the fourth time we’ve done it and it never ceases to amaze me how diverse and deep the different entries to the carnival always are. This week’s topic is “Community” and you can see all of the other entries over on our host, Bridget’s, site.
We’d love for you to join us. All you need to do is write a post about community and then link to it using the cool little widget that Bridget has up and running.
Here’s my contribution:
This week is Child Sponsorship week here on my blog. We just got a new sponsored child and so I decided to celebrate by encouraging more people to become sponsors.
You may be wondering how ‘community’ and ‘child sponsorship’ can possibly be linked, but I have to ask how they can possibly NOT be linked.
Whether we like it or not, we are one race of people, the human race.
We seem to love to segregate ourselves. Whether it is on national lines, or by the color of our skin, or the amount of money we have in the bank, or the type of music we like or any of the hundreds of different lines of segregation we manage to create, we just don’t seem able to stop ourselves.
We segregate ourselves and then spend our time trying to join or create a community, to be a part of something, all the time completely forgetting that we ARE a part of something, part of a community, a big, six billion strong community.
You are in a community with all of the other people on the planet. What you choose to do with being a part of that community is up to you though.
- You can reject that community as being too big
- You can try to deny that it even is a community
- Or you can embrace it and start acting the way people in a community should act.
Community is about friendship, about shared goals and about supporting each other.
At a very basic level, the people in our community (that’s everyone on the planet) share the goals of having:
- Food to eat
- Clean, safe water to drink
- Clothes to wear
We also probably all share the common desires of:
- Hope for the future
- Love and companionship
Being part of a community gives us a responsibility to help those in need in that community. Whether they live right next door or on the other side of the planet there are many people in our community who need help.
You can help someone in this world-wide community today by becoming a child sponsor. Your sponsorship will help that child reach those very basic goals which we all share and will help transform not only their life but the lives of their family members too.
Open your eyes to see how people in our community, the human race, are suffering and act now to help.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Here are just some of the agencies you can sponsor through: