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The Lawson Legacy with Compassion Canada

Posted on: January 15th, 2016 by Christy Jansma

Dear Church (and Friends / Family beyond who journey with us),

Some of the cherished memories that Connie and I share are our trips to Compassion’s field countries – Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, Peru. Every 3 years, as function of board development, the Compassion Canada Board of Directors take a trip to the field. It’s a rich experience for us to see the ministry “on the ground”, and it enhances our effectiveness. While on the board trip to Thailand (2011) Connie was moved by the Child Survival Program (CSP) that we witnessed. She’s always had a heart for young women, and especially mothers. What struck her most about the Compassion CSP was the effective strategy of working with and through the local church. God has chosen to work primarily through the local church, across every culture and every century. It’s a conviction that we share.

Last spring, in honor of her 15 years of service on staff with our church, Connie received a gift of $1500. It’s unusual to give cash for years of service, but Cindy made an exception so she could choose her own gift. While dreaming about how to spend $1500, Connie remembered Kaitlin Boyda and her selfless act 5 years ago. Kaitlin was a young woman in our church who died from a brain tumour at age 17. When approached by Children’s Wish Foundation to fulfill her dream, she chose to give it away and “Kaitlin’s Wish” was born—a dream to bring clean water to Uganda’s poor.

Inspired by Compassion’s CSP and Kaitlin’s selflessness, Connie initiated the “Lawson Legacy”.  She seeded it by donating the $1500 gift to CSP’s in Nicaragua. Before Christmas she challenged our family to give to the dream, and it became our own “advent conspiracy”. On Christmas Day she made her pitch and the grandchildren brought their offerings to the money jar on her bed. Hannah (age 12), Kenya (age 10), and Mercedes (age 8) had undertaken a creative door to door blitz in their neighbourhood. Jayden (age 12) earned money mowing grass at the cemetery. Gracie (age 6) “got money from my dad’s wallet”! When totalled the cash exceeded $1000. Our children made further contributions directly to Compassion Canada, and the total now stands at $7200. We are amazed and humbled.

Why Nicaragua? Nicaragua is the destination for our next board field trip in 2017 and I’ve invited our daughter Rachel to accompany me, Lord willing. We plan to visit the location(s) where these funds are making a difference.

The cost of one CSP is $27,000 for one year. Anticipating that some of you will want to contribute, Compassion Canada has created a dedicated webpage.

Other ways you may donate:

• Mail a cheque made out to “Compassion Canada – CSPNIL”. Address: 985 Adelaide St. S, London, ON  N6E 4A3
• Phone 1-800-563-5437 with credit card information

If you choose to help, please DO NOT redirect from your giving to the local church. The health of the local church must never be jeopardized for any other cause, regardless of how worthwhile it is, or how emotionally attached we feel. If we don’t have healthy churches then significant ministries like Compassion will suffer in the long term. OK, now I’m starting to preach . . . but you know how the sermon continues! If you love us you will give to Christ’s Church as your first priority.

Here are profound and fitting words from C. S. Lewis: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ’thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.” (Mere Christianity)

Cherishing the memories,

Ian (on behalf of Connie)

Here are helpful links if you are unfamiliar with Compassion’s Child Survival Program:

• A Peek Into Child Survival Programs Around the World
• I Am a Child Survival Program Implementer

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