One of our local radio station shows, The Bob Rivers Show (I used to babysit for him and his wife..their kids are in their 20's now, and it makes me feel old) is trying to get 1,000 kids in a village in Senegal sponsored. Bob Rivers went there a few weeks ago, and while he was there, he reported daily on what he was experiencing. Wow. It was intense.
Listen to the show's podcasts from April 28-May 5. It's good stuff.
Well, coincidentally at the time they were doing their radiothon for WorldVision, we had a reduction in our auto insurance. Like, a big reduction. It's really great and gives us some extra money in our budget, which means we could afford to sponsor a child. The problem is that WorldVision is a Christian organization and Wayne is so Atheistic that he cannot bring himself to give money to a Christian organization. Well, I can't really blame him because it says right on their site (from the FAQ):
Q: How does my sponsored child learn about Jesus?
A: In everything we do, World Vision's dedicated staff strives to model Jesus' example of love to children and the entire community. Like all of the Body of Christ, World Vision staff members are at various stages of maturity in faith. Yet our staff works hard to ensure that the way they live, the words they use, and the deeds they do point others to a loving God.
In countries where it is appropriate, World Vision also integrates Christian activities into our project work. For example, World Vision partners with local churches in the communities where we work, providing training for pastors and church teachers, mobilizing churches to care for the needy, and facilitating cooperation among community churches. We also arrange for interested children to attend events such as Bible camps or clubs so they can learn more about the Christian faith.
World Vision's desire is to follow Christ so that His love and life can be experienced by community members, young and old alike. If you have other questions about your sponsored child's spiritual training, please write to our office. When you write, please include your account number and child identification number found in your monthly statement.
I think I've found a program, though, that is not operated by a Christian based group that has a quality child sponsorship program. They receive the same ratings as WorldVision through www.charitywatch.org. It's called PlanUSA.
I will look into it further, but I have a good feeling that PlanUSA is the one to go with.