- About a month ago, a friend text me and asked if I wanted to take part in the Compassion Sunday event by hosting one at our church this year. I quickly replied, “YES!” Compassion has been such a blessing to me by the ministry work that they are doing. I first heard about Compassion at a youth event when I was 12. I wanted to run down the aisle and grab all the child packets I could and sponsor all of the children, but as a broke junior high girl, I knew that would never happen. The desire to sponsor a child never left me, though, and I remember always saying that when I had the money, I would get a child. It just so happened that the summer of 2008 was it! I had just graduated from high school, and was asked to chaperone a youth camp last minute. I quickly said yes! It was during that camp when, once again, Compassion had a presentation in the middle of one of the services. My heart was pounding, tears streaming down my face, and I knew this was it! I walked out the back door of the auditorium, and up to the first person I saw wearing a Compassion shirt. She smiled and asked if I was interested in sponsoring a child. I told her that I was and she offered me two packets, a boy or a girl. I wanted a boy, so that’s who I took. She told me I could look through other packets, but I told her, “No, no. God led me to you for a reason, and this is the boy I want!” That was the day I became the sponsor of 6 year old Stalin from Ecuador! Today, Stalin is a handsome 14 year old who loves Jesus and going to church. He has 3 younger brothers, and lives with his parents. I am so proud of the young man he is becoming!
Today, I was able to share mine and Stalin’s story with our church. I was able to show them the letters that he’s written me over the past 8 years, and the pictures I’ve gotten of him as he’s grown. My friend, Penny, was also advocating for children today and shared her story of her children. Penny sponsors two children through Compassion, and like me, she has such a sweet and special bond with them. I had been praying that at least one child would get sponsored as a result of our presentation. You can imagine my excitement when church ended, and people came [almost] running towards us, tears in their eyes, and smiles on their faces! As a result, seven children were sponsored today! OH MY STARS! SEVEN?!? I was ecstatic! [and still am, actually!] One lady said that she wanted to go home and find a child that shared a birthday with her grandchild, so that will make number eight. Several other families took home information and were very interested in Compassion sponsorship!
God continues to amaze me. I’ve walked through the Compassion Experience tours. I’ve been to a country Compassion works in and seen first-hand the slums that these children are living in. It’s heartbreaking. They didn’t choose this. Their parents didn’t choose to live in a slum, or to be poor. Most of them work, but it’s for very little money in return. To know that Compassion is out there, seeking these children out, trying to ease the financial burden that these parents have–for me, there are no words to describe how I feel about it. I know that if it were my family, I would be so grateful for a ministry like Compassion to step in to help my children. I know that my Stalin’s parents are thankful for Compassion!
I’m hoping to find sponsors for the remaining seven children that I still have packets for. If you, or someone you know, is interested in sponsoring a child through Compassion, please let me know! I would love to explain to you how the ministry works and introduce you to a sweet child living in poverty, so that they can be released from it in Jesus’ name.
There have now been a total of 9 children sponsored, and I’m praying that number will continue to grow! We have 5 children packets left that we are praying we’ll find sponsors for.