In Faith, Life and Spirituality

Time and time again I hear great stories from people who become sponsors of children through Compassion International. Often people believe that God has spoken to them clearly and profoundly through the act of extending themselves with compassion towards the poor. I’d like to share just one such story with you here.

After I spoke and sang at “The Gathering” –
a Sunday evening college meeting as part of Heritage Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI on 8/14/11 – a college student named Zach wrote to me on Facebook message. Here’s what he wrote …


I was one of the people that decided to support a Compassion kid when you were at [my] church [gathering]. I have a cool God story that happened in the following week that you may like to hear.

So, I decided to commit to supporting a boy in Africa through Compassion. Didn’t think much of it, I just knew it was what God wanted me to do. The description of my boy reminded me exactly of myself when I was younger. That’s how I knew he was the kid for me to help.

Well, at the end of this past week my boss gave me a bonus, and the amazing thing was it was a few dollars more than the yearly total I had committed to supporting this kid.

Its amazing to see how God works. Thank you for coming to our church group. What you had to say definitely had an impact on how I view helping others, and [from] just talking in our small group tonight [it is apparent that] many others were impacted as well.

Thanks and God bless,


Thanks for sharing Zach!

To find out more for yourself about the work of Compassion, and perhaps discover your own cool God story, take this link:

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  • birgit

    I have heard Grant share about Compassion and give an invitation to sponsor a child several times now as part of meetings where he sings and speaks. I love how he asks people to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit rather than just calculate if they can afford to sponsor a child or people being guilt-tripped into sponsoring (which I am always afraid of when appeals like that are made). It’s really about simple obedience to God, yet that seems so hard for us some times, like it was in my case:

    When Grant came to El Paso the first time a couple of years ago and I heard the Compassion invitation for the first time, he handed out child profiles to everyone in the room and invited people to pray for the child they were holding while asking God if He would have them sponsor a child at this time or not. I have to be honest: I was calculating our finances in my head and decided we couldn’t afford it, rather than listening to the Holy Spirit, so I handed the child packet of a little Colombian girl back after the meeting.

    Well, two days later, when Grant did another child packet handout at a different meeting, guess what….. Out of the 200 something profiles he had with him, we got the same girl again. God knew how to get my attention… My husband and I didn’t need any more convincing and I decided to sponsor 6 year old Dersa from Colombia and it’s been one of the greatest things we have ever done. I don’t have a story like Zach where we got a miraculous pay raise or anything – finances are still tight – but we have been blessed beyond measure by getting to know Dersa and my two boys have learned invaluable lessons about caring for people and learning about a different culture. We would rather go without ‘things’ than give up sponsoring Dersa. She’s become part of our family.

    Thanks Grant, for introducing us to the wonderful work of Compassion International and for (quite literally) bringing Dersa into our lives…

    Birgit West, El Paso, TX

  • grantnorsworthy

    You’re so welcome Birgit. Thanks for sharing your story!

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