E.J. Swanson speaks before tens of thousands of teenagers every year.
As a committed partner with Compassion International, he knew many of the teens that he speaks before can’t—or won’t—afford the monthly commitment to sponsor a child. And anyone will tell you that deciding to raise money among teens in the American culture today is a challenging undertaking.
“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” —Ephesians 2:10
Knowing that fashion watches are popular among teens, E.J. Swanson launched his “Stop Watching, Start Doing” campaign. Each timepiece has “I Won’t Watch” imprinted on the face to remind the student to take action toward helping the impoverished children of the world. All of the profits go to specific Compassion International projects.
In less than a year, over $50,000 has been given to Third World countries for projects such as drilling for clean water, providing educational resources, building shelters for homeless families, offering health care, malaria prevention in Africa, and efforts to stop child prostitution in India.
E.J. said, “The average person glances at his or her watch 20 times a day. We see watches as a first entrance into a lifetime of combating and advocating for those who suffer from poverty. We believe people are looking for a way to make significant changes in the lives of the hurting.”
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Where there’s a need and a desire, an answer can be found. Whatever your need today, God has a door open just for you.
ALMIGHTY GOD, remind me as I look at my watch today to be about action and not just watching or wishing that something could be done. Help me to make a difference today to the people around me and also around the world.