September 29, 2015

[Ep. 20] Being a Missionary & Sponsoring a Child

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I believe giving back and donating to charities is incredibly important, especially when it comes to personal finance. When we think about money management though, it’s usually the last thing we think of after saving, investing and making more money.

Giving back has always been a big part of my life, starting with my childhood in the Catholic church. Participating in giving back through my church’s programs evolved into me deciding to go to Africa at 18 to do some good overseas. It was definitely an enlightening experience, good and bad, so make sure to listen to find out what I think about it a decade later.

I also had a sponsor child for a period in my early 20s. I actually decided to get a sponsor child when I first moved out of my parents and was making my lowest salary to date. But even though I was at my poorest, I knew that as a financially independent woman I needed to still set aside some money to help others.
Now in my late 20s, I have a very different outlook on giving back because of these two experiences. I’m still all for helping others, especially financially, but I just choose to go about it a different way than I did when I was younger.

Since this is a pretty personal episode, and I share things on there that I’ve never talked about before, I would love to get your feedback. Let me know what you think, or better yet share a story you have about giving back in the show notes.

Blog Posts I Mentioned

Charitable Programs I Mentioned

What have some of your experiences been like with giving back and charity? Do you have an interesting story you’d like to share? I’m all ears!

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  1. Rob says:

    Great podcast, Jess!
    I see that I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in going over past blog entries of yours (as well aslots of my other bloggers’ entries). Since I’ve been retired (for a few years now), with no work computer access and with my home computer having packed it in a few months back (the mother board fried), I’ve been awol, computer-wise.
    Anyway, about those envelopes that your mom used to use to put money in at church – they’re called Sunday Offertory and Special Offering envelopes. I still regularly use them. Charity-wise, been there done that. So good on you, my friend!

    • I was wondering where you were Rob, you are always the first to comment. I just figured you were having a great summer unplugged. 🙂 Ah yes, the offertory envelopes, how could I forget what they were called!

  2. Anna says:

    Speaking as the older sister, I already knew how you felt about the mission trip all these years later, but hearing your perspective on your sponsor child experience was interesting. My experience was similar in some ways, and I have reservations now about those types of organizations, in spite of the good work they likely do. I actually had two different sponsor children in the 8 years I donated to Compassion Canada, neither of whom graduated from the program. With my first sponsor child, I was told that she had moved out of the region with her family and subsequently dropped out of the program, and my second sponsor child very sadly died of malaria. I’ve kept all her letters to me, and I haven’t sponsored anyone since then.
    The way I try to be charitable now is a lot more haphazard, which isn’t ideal. Each couple months, I’ll try to pick a different (non-religious) charity that I want to support (like the local food bank, Red Cross, SPCA) and donate a small, one-time sum. Or if there’s someone I know doing a charity raee or fundraiser, I’ll send something to them. I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to donate blood regularly too, but so far I’ve only managed to get down to the clinic once.

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