You want to know the real reason I coupon? Here you go:
Africa New Life Ministries, a Portland-based Christian organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty in Rwanda, is the real deal. My husband and I went to Multnomah Seminary with ANL’s president, Charles Buregeya. He and his wife are also the real deal. These people are passionate about ministering to the poor of Rwanda. My family currently sponsors two children with Africa New Life and I can’t wait for the day when I can go to Africa to meet “our” children.
I have a challenge for each of you: Please consider ways that you can further reduce your family’s spending to have a life-changing impact on a child that you will most certainly never meet. If your family is working yourselves out of debt or unemployed or dealing with a financial crisis, now is probably not your time. I do invite you to dream about the day you can sponsor a child.
For the rest of us, the challenge is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, our family and our immediate, relatively comfortable community. There are many fiscally responsible organizations serving the poor in countries around the world. Support those people who have captured your heart with a portion (or all) of the money you save by couponing and “doing deals.”
If you’re looking for a way for your family to start serving those less fortunate, you can’t go wrong with sponsoring a child with Africa New Life.
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