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Monday Memo - May 19

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment. - Romans 12:3

Paul’s words loomed large in my mind as I walked away from a house in Colonia San Luis, Guatemala. The visit to this home was sobering. I spent all week last week on a vision trip with Compassion International. Compassion exists as a fierce advocate of children around the world who live in abject poverty. In Colonia, the average income is $126 per month.  Malnutrition, illiteracy, violence and social isolation are a way of life.

This family has six people living in a small wooden house with a rent of $65 per month. One of the children has a Compassion sponsor and has access to medical check ups, health education, sports, hygiene supplies, nutritional meals and Bible study. This has brought hope to this family. The mother, who is the head of this home, described her newly found faith in Christ as a result of what she heard and saw in her son. That was just eight months ago! She now can take the Compassion program on how to take good care of her four month old baby! All of this because someone sponsored one of her children!

Her courage and strength was humbling. Do not think more highly of yourselves than you ought to think. This and many other experiences left me thinking that I often think more highly of myself than I ought to think.

GFC has been a Compassion church for nine years. 350 kids are sponsored by GFCers. 100 are located in a specific center in Peru where we have an ongoing church to church partnership. A reaching trip to Peru is planned for June.

Sponsorships are the key to the work of Compassion. The cost is $38 per month. If you want to sponsor a child, contact Lois Martin. June 1, we are hosting a Compassion 101 class for current and interested sponsors on Sunday morning.

As far as I am concerned, there is no better way to invest $38 per month!

P.S. This week’s message will be about I have a friend who is…dying. See you Sunday!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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