A few years back, I went on a trip.  Well, not just any trip, but one of the best trips of my life.  It was too the Philippines, with about 10 other pastors and it was organized by Compassion International.  Not only did I get to build some great friendships with some amazing pastors from Hawaii, I got to see first hand how Compassion International was teaming up with sponsors and local church ministries to change the lives of children.  To literally give them hope for their life.  We got to visit actual homes where these children live with their families.  Many of them lived in shacks.  In all honesty, most dogs in America experience better accommodations.  It was truly an eye opening experience.  I also got to see systemic poverty and how it affects the children in these third world countries.  To sum it up, your grandparents were poor, your parents are poor, you will be poor and your children will be poor.  You can never break out of that cycle, it’s like you're drowning and you can never hold your head up long enough to get a breath of air.

I’ve always loved this verse:  

Matthew 14:14, “Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

Jesus had compassion on the people and it compelled Him to do something.  What has compassion compelled you to do lately?  Maybe you’ve done a lot, maybe life has been too hectic and you haven’t had time to do anything.  Even in Jesus’s busy life, He made time to reach out to those less fortunate.  Compassion International is a great ministry to team up with in reaching the unfortunate in this world.  For just $38 a month, you can help a child break free of systemic poverty and help give them hope for a future.  This Sunday, October 25, is our Compassion Sunday at Sure Foundation Hilo.  I want to encourage you to come to church with a heart of compassion and let compassion compel you to do something in the life of a child.  If you already sponsor a child, thank you!  Write your child a letter online and let them know you love them.  Remember, Jesus was not just moved by meetings, schedules, and calendars, He let compassion into His life and we should too.