Caring for the widows and the orphans is one of our greatest callings as Christians. The book of James writes, “True religion is this: To care for orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27) Here at Agape Asia, our work and calling is to care for vulnerable children, and we’re asking you, our readers and sponsors, to make a tangible difference in the lives of children around the world.

 

Through our Back-to-School Campaign, we are hoping to sponsor 50 new children and raise $20,000 for childcare.

 

These sponsorships and monetary donations will go a long way in helping Agape Asia fulfill its mission of caring for children throughout southeast Asia.

 

 

Some may wonder how and why their gifts make an impact. Well, look no further than the example of Tian, who has been with her sponsor for 13 years. She came to our care center when she was in the 1st grade. Her father died when she was only 4 years old, and her mother left the home six months later. The unfortunate reality for families in rural China is that a mother often leaves her child to go start another family so she will have someone to support her. Tian never heard from her mother again and was left to her grandmother.

Her grandmother had a weak heart and was incapable of performing lots of tasks or working long hours. Tian’s life was very difficult before she came to the care center due to poverty, a lack of education, and the sad fact that girls are often considered less valuable in China. As a result, women are more likely to be food insecure, impoverished, and have less access to job opportunities.

About Our Back to School Campaign

Thanks to a generous sponsor, Tian was able to move into the care center where she is mentored by loving adults and given the physical and spiritual care she needs. Her sponsor writes, “She is very grateful for our help, so she has the chance of a much better future.” This year, before she turns 20 years old, Tian will have completed her first year of college where she will study for two more years to become a Primary Education Teacher – dreams that would never have been a reality without the prayer and generosity of those in the Agape Asia community.

Thanks to our sponsors, children like Tian can tangibly experience the love of Christ. With your donations, lives can be bettered through care and education, paving the way for the next generation of children. We seek not just to lift people out of poverty, but to transform the lives of the children we serve so they can become followers of Christ.

 

About Our Child Sponsorship Program

Please prayerfully consider donating to our $20,000 summer fundraiser and/or becoming a child sponsor. Don’t be intimidated by the dollar amount. Every donation matters, and every dollar amount will go a long way towards providing for children in need. More important than contributing to a specific charity, your donations, prayers, and sponsorships will make an impact for the Kingdom of God.

There is an old story about a young boy going on a beach, surrounded by hundreds of starfish stranded on the beach. Knowing the starfish will be dehydrated and die if they aren’t in the water, the boy begins throwing as many starfish as he can into the ocean. An old man comes onto the beach and seeing the boy bend over and over makes him sad. The man calls to him, “Why are you doing this? There’s no way you can save all of them. What difference will it make?” The little boy looks at the man and says, “It makes a difference to this one,” and tosses another starfish into the sea. Your donation and sponsorship make an eternal difference.