I will never forget my 6th birthday. I remember getting a swimsuit that I loved. That’s the only gift I remember opening but perhaps there were more. I know the thought of another gift wasn’t on my mind when my parents called me outside. That is when I saw the other gift – a bike. My bike!
I was so happy I cried. I really did.
It was yellow and green. I remember thinking of it as lemon-lime, like Sprite, and I loved it!
As a kid, I was happiest when I was outside playing in the dirt, exploring in the woods, and riding my bike. I don’t know how many times I rode that bike up and down the dirt road in front of my house. I just know it was a lot.
That bike took me wherever I wanted to go and to this day it is one of my favorite gifts ever.
While my bike took me wherever I wanted to go, I had other ways to get where I needed to go. The school bus came to my house and carried me to school each day. My parents owned two cars and could drive me to church or the doctor or anywhere else I needed to go.
Those options aren’t available to every child. Many families around the world don’t have access to a car or dependable public transportation.
For many of the children Compassion serves, the journey to school can take hours and put them at risk. A bike can provide them with a safe and efficient way to get to school each day.
If the bike is beyond your budget, perhaps you can provide a Bible for a child, or a mosquito net to protect them from Malaria, or chickens for their family.
Meeting the needs of a child is one of the most practical and beautiful ways I can think of to share the love of Jesus.
During this season of giving, will you consider making a difference in the life of a child living in poverty by giving a gift from the Compassion Gift Catalog?