Catholic Social Justice – My story of Compassion
Sunday July 15th 2007, 9:16 am
Filed under: DJ Bill's Faith

I love my job.  I love being able to have experiences and be with amazing people who are seeking Jesus.

I was blessed to be a part of the Diocese of Crookston’s JPII Junior High Leadership Camp this past week.  Instead of coming in and just doing a dance, I was able to help MC and be a part of the entire week.  It was a great time and I was honored to work with some of the most faith filled high school students and together we were able to share Jesus with the Junior High students who came as campers.  God was truly present!

One of the days was focus on being “The Hands of Jesus” and focused on Catholic Social Justice.  The presenter was Sal Solo who is a good friend of mine and his presentation was amazing.  During his presentation, he was mentioning a bunch of different organizations that help people in different ways.  One organization he mentioned was Compassion International.  Compassion gives people an opportunity to sponsor a child and donate some money every month so that the child can get an education.  My wife and I have always wanted to do this and after Sal’s presentation I knew in my heart it was time to ACT.

After the camp, I went to a Christian Music Festival in Minnesota called Sonshine.  I went for only Thursday night and got to jam out to TobyMac and Newsboys.  I knew from year’s past that Compassion always had a booth there and this year was no different.  I walked over, looked at the table with all of the pictures of kids in need and after talking with the people behind the table I chose one of the kids labeled as Priority Child which means he needs an immediate sponsor! 

His name is Leonel and he is from Columbia.  He will be 8 years old in August and we are very excited to have him as our sponsored child.  The guy from Compassion said that we will get a letter from him and that we are encouraged to write as well.  The one thing that they always want is a picture of the people who are sponsoring them because they want to “see a picture of Jesus”.  Knowing that something so small can mean so much to someone else is quite an amazing rush.  It is quite the feeling of being the Hands of Christ.

Please keep Leonel in your prayers and please consider helping out a child in need.  America has 35% of all the wealth in the world.  We can be that change.  It does not matter if you are young or old, God wants to use you to help change the world.  He is just waiting for you to ask Him in what way.


DJ Bill Lage