I dont’ know that I have ever said that I work for Compassion International… but I do.
I have mentioned Compassion numerous times, specifically with regards to the Compassion Blogger’s trips that are led by Shaun Groves.
Shaun Groves is a Christian music artist yes; but more importantly and more recently, he has become an influential and unabashed advocate for children in poverty. And he’s really good at it.
His post today caught me a little off guard and hit fairly close to home. Here’s why.
The woman that he mentions, Tasha, is my colleague. She literally works across the cube aisle from me. I was in the office the day she got the phone call that Achile, a Compassion assisted child, needed major heart surgery. The phone call itself is not necessarily uncommon. We minister to numerous children all across the globe that need major medical intervention everyday.
What was different about Achile was that, at the time (as in last week), he was unsponsored. More than that, his information packet and picture were in Shaun’s garage. Because Shaun speaks and travels on behalf of Compassion, we keep him stalked with children’s packets to take with him and hopefully find sponsors for while on the road.
One thing people might not know about Compassion is that we do not replicate packets–one, and only one, packet is created per child and we know exactly who has that packet at all times so that we can carefully track when and by whom that child is sponsored.
Tasha knew that Achile was given to Shaun; she called him.
Do yourself a favor and read Shaun’s account here.
This heart operation, which is literally a matter of life or death, will cost about $20,000.
Can you please help save Achile?