Over 8 years ago, when we moved to Florida, my husband and I decided that wanted to reach out in some small way to help others in need.
A local radio station was airing information about Compassion International and after praying about it for a few days, we knew that this was going to be one way we could reach out with the love of Christ.
Our first Compassion child was a beautiful girl that lived in South Africa (not the one pictures here). I don’t remember the name of the town, but I to this day I can still see her sweet face. She was the same age as my youngest daughter at the time and it was so exciting to receive letters and pictures of her on a monthly basis.
Unfortunately though, after only being in touch with her for a few months, we received a letter stating that the conditions in her area had become too dangerous and difficult for the Compassion team to stay, so we would no longer be able to continue to support her. We were given the opportunity to sponsor another child, which we quickly agreed to, though we were saddened to see our little girl go. We still pray for her to this day.
That’s when our new ‘son’ came into our lives. My husband was thrilled, seeing that he is a father to two girls, to have a ‘son’ in the family. We quickly started writing letters and sending pictures which we also received in return.
It has been something beyond AMAZING to be able, to not only financially help a family hundreds of miles away ( he is in Tanzania), but to also pray with him and for him and his family.
As a mother, I LOVE to get the pictures he draws for us. He loves to draw all the animals that surround him, which just blows me away because he has elephants and other beautiful animals to look at every day. I have also LOVED watching him grow up. He’s turning out to be such a handsome, godly young man and that just thrills me to pieces.
We are deeply humbled when we receive thank you letters from him after we have sent him an extra gift for his birthday and see HOW MUCH, what seems to us a small amount of money, buys him and his family. It spurs us on to save more so that we can bless him and his family more.
Sooooo many many many children are suffering in this world and yet we live with soo much.
Reading his letters of going to “fetch” water for his mom just leaves me in awe as I sit washing dishes freely from water that pours out of faucet.
Compassion International is a wonderful ministry that reaches out to so many different areas.
My husband and I are hoping/praying that one day we will be able to travel with Compassion to Tanzania so that we can meet our son.
If you are currently thinking/praying about how you can make a difference in a young child’s life, I hightly suggest checking out Compassion Internationals web site.
And if you’re blogger who wants to help spread the news about Compassion, check out the Compassion Bloggers page too.
Watching this video just makes us want to visit Africa even more. If you have a few minutes.. check it out.