Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why Child Sponsorship Matters

20 percent of Bulgarian households live under the poverty line. 50 percent of the population are at risk of falling at or below the poverty line. This is the highest percentage in the EU. According to the EuroStat News Release in December 2013, 44 percent of the population are “severely materially deprived,” meaning they lack resources to sustain reasonable living conditions. These include failure to: pay rent on time; keep their home adequately warm; face unexpected expenses; eat proper amounts of protein every other day; and unable to purchase a car, washing machine, television, or telephone. According to EurActiv, in March 2010, only 11 percent of Bulgarian households brought in the proper amount to provide a four-member family of two adults and two children to cover their living expenses.

Many of the children we sponsor at Changing a Generation fall within these categories. The only appliances they might have are a refrigerator or a stove. Some of these children and their families sleep in the same room, sometimes 4-6 people in the same bed or living room. Changing a Generation helps these children with the daily necessities and resources they need, as well as the chance to help them grow and succeed in life, despite their circumstances. It is easy to forget what is happening across the world, especially when we aren't facing these issues on a daily basis. That is why, we would like to encourage you to sponsor a child, so they can receive education, proper attention and love. Ava wants to be a computer scientist, Aneliya wants to be a Chemist, or possibly a Literature Scholar, Asen wants to be a doctor. There are more of these kids who have big dreams. By sponsoring a child for $30 per month, you will be helping these kids reach their dreams and allow them to fulfill the plan God has for them. Thank you! Information Resources: http://www.euractiv.com/enlargement/bulgaria-poor-not-only-eu-standards-news-493653 http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/3-05122013-AP/EN/3-05122013-AP-EN.PDF http://www.novinite.com/articles/152387/20+of+Bulgarian+Households+Live+below+Poverty+Line  Written by Julia Penner – Creative and Media Administrator @Changing a Generation
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PROTECTING INNOCENCE

I can’t get his face out of my head. It wasn’t that he had the appearance of a superstar. There was nothing particularly unusual. It was just his smile… I was standing in line, waiting to be seated at a popular restaurant in town.  Everyone else’s faces were stoic, or frustrated at having to wait.   But this 30-something year old man had the smile of a child on Christmas.  And it didn’t leave the whole 15 minutes. I could tell he had some mild form of down-syndrome.  He was there with his parents, and he was just so…happy. There was such innocence and purity in his simple joy at knowing he was about to get some really great food. I couldn’t stop staring. The whole rest of the night my heart ached. It made me…sad. I was happy he was happy, but sad because I want to protect him so desperately.  I want to protect him from people who would try and give him a dose of “real life.”  I want to protect him from harm, wrongs, evil, pain, loneliness…but, all I can do is pray he never looses that simple happiness of getting some tasty food, or that smile that says, “I’m content.” It’s strange to feel this ache at someone’s joy. Usually, I only feel this way when I see pain.But, the ache in both situations is for the same reason – I AM called to protect and stand up for the innocent, the disabled, and those who cannot do it for themselves.  Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “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.”  I may not always have the position to do this, but I will at every chance I get.  I will pray, and I will give to those who are working with the poor and destitute.  This is not just my heart being a “good person,” this is God’s commandment.  I can’t turn away anymore, I have to keep staring when I see a need, because I must act.  And, if I can do more than pray, I will. When I stand before God in heaven, and He asks, “What did you do for the least of these [people],”  I want to be able to say, “Whatever I could!” Written by Krinda Joy, Creative Arts Team
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