There are some people who help to change a child's life every month. A child who is not their own and who, often, they have never met. These people give a little of what they earn to provide this child with an education, food, and a chance to enjoy childhood without worrying about poverty. So, who are these people? Well, they aren't celebrities or altruistic millionaires. They don't hold high positions of power. In fact, they're people just like you and me.

A Tearfund supporter is the person standing ahead of you in the grocery line or cheering on their child at the soccer match. They're the young barista who made your coffee or the old couple walking in the park. They're people who may not seem particularly rich or well-known in worldly terms but are rich in love and are well-known by Jesus for how they live out his teaching. They are people who commit to taking a little of what they have and giving it to those in need. They’re people like Rach and Evan.

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Rach and Evan wouldn’t call themselves rich. And yet, every month for the last 25 years they have set aside a little of what they earn to sponsor a child. According to them, when you can support the life of a child for the cost of a few coffees a week, it’s hard to find a reason not to, no matter how much you make. Like many Tearfund supporters, Rach and Evan don't give because they feel like they have some income to spare. They give because they know they are blessed in ways that don't show up on a bank statement and are called to share the blessing. In some seasons, this share is significant, in other seasons it is smaller, but it is always there.

Rach and Evan are honest about the difficulties of giving in a world that urges us to hoard and keep. They see our world as one that is less guided by biblical principle and instead led by materialism and individualism. A world where people are so busy chasing material wealth and fulfillment, they don’t even see all the blessings God has given them. They believe that it is easy to give when your heart is full of gratitude towards all you have, instead of living in fear and desire for all you want.

Not all Tearfund supporters visit the children they sponsor, but for Rach and Evan, going to see Mary in Ecuador was humbling and life-changing in the best of ways. On their trip to Compassion Ecuador (Tearfund’s child sponsorship partner agency), the pair were confronted by a country suffering severe poverty with many people lacking even the basics of life. However, amongst it all, they found people whose persistent positivity and whole-hearted gratitude they’ll never forget.

"Meeting Mary, holding her, telling her we love her, and learning something of her story, has ignited a passion in us we didn’t know existed."  said Rach

While they started sponsoring a little two-year-old, it was a strong 16-year-old girl that now stood before them, who had an education and a future made possible by the cost of those few coffees a week. And the thing is, Tearfund supporters also know that sometimes the money isn’t even the most important part—it’s the letters written and exchanged every few weeks or months with their sponsor child. Something that took Rach and Evan a minute or two to write every so often but one they realised made an enormous impact on Mary. "As we held her, she whispered 'thank you for always writing, because I always knew somebody cared,’" said Rach. "We had no idea how significant our letters were—possibly the only thing that kept her hoping and believing for better days at times."

Mary isn’t the first child Evan and Rach have sponsored, and they have no intention of her being the last. “Our passion, our dream,” said Rach, “is to make more of a difference for her, for her sisters, and maybe for the countless others who need to find sponsors, find hope, and find Jesus.” So no, a Tearfund supporter isn’t a Christian specially-called by Jesus or a philanthropist.

They’re someone like Rach and Evan. Someone like you. Who can take a few dollars every week and love people the way Jesus loves us; selflessly, wholeheartedly, and joyfully.


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