Ready to Act

I see you.  Kneeling.  Taking your frustration – and maybe even some personal pain – and channeling it into a peaceful gesture meant to draw attention; hoping to start a dialogue.

I see you.

I’ll admit – my initial reaction when the very first athlete knelt was visceral.  I watched a millionaire – who made his millions at a job he wasn’t very good at, or so I’ve been told by those who know far more than me – kneel and then give an interview about how tough his life was.  I didn’t think clearly right away.  But I’ve educated myself.  I’ve talked to those who have been suspected/pulled over/judged/doubted simply because of the skin they wear.

I’ve learned.  I’ve educated myself.  I’ve admitted that, in quite a few ways, things have been easier for me because of the color of my skin.  And now?

I REALLY see you.  Not just the gesture.  I see your frustration.  I don’t claim to understand it, but I see it.  I see the desire to make the world a better, safer place for absolutely everyone.

So how can I help?  I know that you, as a millionaire athlete, can donate large quantities of money to worthy causes.  I don’t have those funds so that’s not an option for me.  Maybe you have the skill, the drive, the passion, the connections to establish a foundation that will allow others to donate their financial resources.  Again, not my skill set.

So what can I do?  As a woman, nearing 50, who has limited financial resources but an unlimited capacity to love people from all walks of life and all skin shades, what action can I take?

I’ve educated myself and will continue to do so.  I’ve talked to those who have lived with issues I’ve never faced.  I’ve acknowledged privilege.

So what can I  DO?  


What could you and your family do with $38?  Maybe a fast food meal out?  Take-out pizza for a movie night at home?  As much fun as those two things might be the simple fact is $38 dollars will not last you a month.

That $38 dollars, in the hands of the people at Compassion International, can change the life of one child living in poverty. So the question is are you willing to free up $38 a month to make a difference in the life of one person?  And when I say make a difference, I mean a HUGE difference!

The little cutie below is the newest “member of the family.”

Her name is Aprilini but she goes by Arini.  She turned five last April, lives in Indonesia and is the Compassion child my husband and I sponsor.  Her parents work as vendors when there is work available!  And she’s one of the lucky ones because she has both of her parents.

Our sponsorship provides education, health training, and Bible teaching.  She’s already sent us two letters written with the help of a tutor and translated by Compassion employees.  We even have the opportunity to send monetary gifts which the Compassion staff in her country will use to purchase gifts for birthday, Christmas or “just because”.

Compassion students have gone on to obtain college degrees, start their own businesses, and strengthen the economy of their home communities.  Helping just this one child could have an effect on the future of her family and her village.  We are her only sponsors so somehow that $38 stretches much farther than I could EVER make it stretch.

Are you ready to put your money to work to change the life of one child?  I know, I know, helping one child seems like such a small thing in light of the rampant poverty in parts of the world.  But if that one child can make her life better for herself and her family, if that one child can reach out and help others with what she learns, then my $38 has gone much farther.

It’s so easy I’m ashamed we didn’t do it sooner.  We have set up an automatic monthly payment on the Compassion website, used their online letter service to send her letters and pictures which they print out and give to her and her family.

Yes, the $38 a month means purchasing a few less “high-end” coffees. But in the end, she gets far more out of that money than anything a cup of coffee could provide for me!  I encourage you to get involved.  Encourage your kids to get involved!  Two of my daughters use their own money to sponsor children through compassion as well so sponsorship is not limited to adults!  It’s time to stop talking about poverty and start doing something to really make a difference.