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Sponsored Kids – Meet Bassirou

Happy Sponsored Kids Friday!

This week’s highlighted kiddo is our newest sponsored child, Bassirou.  Bassirou lives in Tattaguine, Senegal.  He likes math, soccer, and is 12 years old this year!  Bassirou lives with his mother and 2 brothers. 

Right now, Bassirou’s local community manager reports that he and the other kids in Tattaguine are learning how to make small, handmade hand-washing devices called “tipi taps”.  That has been crucial in teaching the importance of regular hand-washing.  Apparently, there were 427 kids from the area that were exposed to COVID.  World Vision helped transport them to their family homes, where they successfully quarantined temporarily.  All in all, the report is positive and we can trust that the local WV representatives are doing all they can to keep our little friends safe.

This week, I got an email with a great article titled, “What does the Bible say about advocacy?”  (shorturl.at/ivzBJ) You know, as Christians, it is quite literally a part of our walk to be advocates for “the least of these”.  Who are those people? There are lots of explanations in the Bible, but a few are: the poor, the oppressed, the weak, the fatherless, those in need, widows, and orphans.  Any of those sound familiar in regards to recent events?  Can you also picture some of the kids we sponsor, like Bassirou?

I want to share a few of the verses that article mentions, because they certainly hit home for me.  In this article, World Vision is asking us to apply the call of these scriptures to our lives and actions; one way to do so is to ask our government to care about issues affecting “the least of these”.  While we do have a separation of church and state for our protection, as citizens of the US, any politician we vote for is supposed to represent their constituents – you and me.  And if we express that caring for the oppressed, the poor, and those in need is important to us, it is their job to represent our wishes in their decision-making.  So here are some verses to remind us how important advocacy is to God.  And remember – contacting your representatives is a great first step into advocacy!  

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Psalm 41:1 (NIV)
“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.”

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Psalm 82:3 (NIV)
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed.”