Monthly Archives: March 2015

A Little Prince

princeJosueOne reason that I love making photos like this for the children I am advocating for, as well as for my own sponsored children, is that it is a very compelling visual reminder for both me and each child of their real identity in Christ Jesus:  that they are royal heirs in His kingdom.  This is one important facet of my personal approach to child sponsorship, that my letters help each child know and understand their value and worth to the heart of Father God, and their place in His kingdom. 

Priceless treasures.

Destined to rule and reign with Christ.

Given authority to proclaim royal decrees to bring God’s kingdom rule and reign of heaven here on earth into the situations and events of their lives and the world around them.

More and more I’m writing to my children about the power of their words, and to use them to proclaim life and victory, not defeat or despair.  The past couple of years I have particularly sought out verses in the Bible on the importance of my words, for Proverbs 18:21a says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”  I want to be speaking LIFE and to be using my words to bring about an invasion of the Kingdom rule of heaven into my circumstances and into the world around me.  This is my privilege as a daughter of the Most High God.

I declare I will live victoriously.  I was created in the image of God.  I have the DNA of a winner.  I am wearing a crown of favor.  Royal blood flows through my veins.  I am the head, never the tail, above, never beneath.  I will live with purpose, passion, and praise, knowing that I was destined to live in victory.  This is my declaration.  (excerpt from “I Declare” by Joel Osteen)

UPDATE

JosueThis weekend, I am featuring this little prince, Josué, who needs a sponsor who will speak life and victory to him, and call him into his destiny as a mighty man of God.  Are you that person?

Josué David’s birthday is September 5, 2009, and he is 5 years old. He makes his home with his father and his mother, and running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family. As part of Compassion’s ministry, Josué participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Contact me here if you will sponsor Josué David.  And as my gift to you, I will email you the full resolution photo of Prince Josué for you to use in writing a special letter to him.

deborah

Little Princess in the Kingdom

helen-princesaNames are incredibly important, without a question!  I am especially delighted with the name of this new project, Tu Reino Aqui, as it imparts a beautiful blessing of hope and the expectancy of good…  Your Kingdom Here!  It is a theme that I love writing to my children about, that as royal heirs of God’s kingdom, God has given us the authority to speak forth good into our world, to release His Kingdom reign and rule of God here on earth.  Tu Reino Aqui!

Poverty is not merely limited to physical needs externally, but is also something that can be carried inwardly… not knowing God as your Father… unaware of your value and worth… despairing of hope for your future…  unaware also of His priceless treasures and promises for your life.  One facet of Compassion’s program that I especially love and appreciate is what I call its discipleship model.  The children are discipled and taught of God’s ways, His kingdom rule for our lives, His purposes and values.  Poverty is tackled from the inside out, transforming their lives for God’s glory.

Today I am specially featuring sweet Princesa Helen who is waiting for a sponsor.  6 year old Helen Nayely’s birthday is January 15, 2009.  She lives with her father and her mother, and is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.  As part of Compassion’s ministry, Helen participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities.

For only $38/month, you can sponsor Helen and bless her life with so much good to lift her out of poverty, so that she walks as a royal heir, knowing Whose she is.  Are you the person God is calling to share in blessing Helen?  

I will email the full size photo of Princesa Helen to her sponsor as my gift to use in writing a special letter to her about being a princess in God’s kingdom.  Enjoy!

Contact me here to sponsor Princesa Helen.

deborah

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

Sthefani’s 6th birthday is today… March 24th! I’m specially praying for a sponsor for her as a beautiful birthday gift for her life.   She will be blessed to have a person come alongside her, speak life and blessing to her, encourage her in her walk with Jesus, and see her beautiful value and worth through your eyes as you write to her.

Sthefani’s info says that she lives with her father and her mother.  At home, duties include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family. For fun, Sthefani enjoys playing with dolls, jumping rope and running. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.

honduran-kitchenWhen the profile info for a child like Sthefani says that she “helps in the kitchen,” it’s not talking about loading dirty dishes in the dishwasher, pouring in the soap and pushing the button… or unloading clean dishes from the dishwasher back into the cupboard. Rather, it’s this. Here is a photo I took last summer of the “kitchen” of my girl, Daniela. What the photo doesn’t show is how incredibly HOT it is while working in this kitchen.

Actually, Daniela’s kitchen has a bit of an upgrade… they had an outdoor sink with piped water… if there was water available.  Daniela’s area has a shortage of water, and at the Compassion project, they were having to purchase water from a truck.  I don’t know what the families do in their homes. 

honduran-ovenIn the community where Sthefai lives, the children carry water in buckets. I know that the children in Yolani’s community do this too.  In each of these Honduran communities, one of the chores the children help with is gathering firewood for cooking meals in their outdoor ovens.

We really do take so much for granted.

In my first letter to a new sponsored child, I usually try to find something from their profile info that I can praise them for… such as helping to gather firewood.  I tell them that I’m so proud of them for being such a good help for their families.

UPDATESthefaniWould you like to sponsor Sthefani?  (I wonder if her name is pronounced with a lisp??!?)  You would be giving her the best birthday gift ever!  And as her new sponsor, I will email you the full resolution version of her birthday photo as my gift for you to use in your letter or online email to her.  Contact me here to sponsor Sthefani.

deborah

Bringing God’s Kingdom Here

YolaniTwo summers ago I fell in love with this very special Honduran girl named Yolani, and sponsored her when another sponsor, Kim Hall, was advocating for her before her upcoming trip to Honduras.  As a result, Kim was able to meet Yolani and take photos of her for me… photos which are treasured keepsakes of the beginning of a very special sponsorship.  Last summer I joined Kim and several other sponsors on a trip to visit Yolani’s project, and I was blessed to meet Yolani for myself and make treasured memories that will last a lifetime.  

This summer I will be returning with Kim and other sponsors to Yolani’s project, Blessing of God, in the rural Honduran mountains on a Compassion Vision trip.  On this trip we will be visiting three different projects, including a very special new project that is just starting, Tu Reino Aqui, or in English, Your Kingdom Here.  This is a very significant event for this new project, that a group of dedicated sponsors will meet with them, bringing encouragement, tons of prayers and blessings, and tangible help as they start their beautiful work of lifting the children from poverty and changing their stories.

I love love LOVE! the name of this project, because this is one of my favorite themes in the Bible…  bringing the Kingdom of God here on earth… that the love, joy, peace, wholeness, and all the goodness that is in heaven is brought down here on earth to invade people’s lives.  There is no poverty in heaven!  There is no sorrow or sadness… no broken families… no grief.  As heirs of God’s kingdom, we have access to the riches of heaven to bring them here on earth into people’s lives… the shalom of God which is wholeness, completeness, nothing lacking, missing, or out of order.

So here is some good news… you can be part of this new work to see the King’s rule brought to the lives of some precious children and their families and community!  I am advocating for these 10 children who will be blessed to have sponsors who will come alongside them, and speak life and blessing to them. 

1 ~ Ingrid Roxana

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Ingrid is 7 years old, and her birthday is July 4, 2007.

Ingrid lives with her mother.  Her duties at home include carrying water, making beds and running errands.  There are 3 children in the family.  Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games are Ingrid’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities.

 

2 ~ Dulce Maria

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UPDATE

Dulce is 3 years old, and her birthday is December 6, 2011. 

Dulce lives with her father and her mother.  She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Dulce is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls, running and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

 

3 ~ Sthefani Tatiana

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Sthefani is 6 years old, and her birthday is March 24, 2009.

 Sthefani lives with her father and her mother.  At home, duties include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family. For fun, Sthefani enjoys playing with dolls, jumping rope and running. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.

 

4 ~ Josué David

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Josué is 5 years old, and his birthday is September 5, 2009.

Josué makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty.  His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family. As part of Compassion’s ministry, Josué participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and bicycling are his favorite activities.

 

5 ~ Helen Nayely

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Helen is 6 years old, and her birthday is January 15, 2009.

Helen lives with her father and her mother.  She is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.  As part of Compassion’s ministry, Helen participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities.

 

6 ~ Ludin Arely

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Ludin is 9 years old, and her birthday is May 3, 2005.

Ludin lives with her father and her mother.  Her duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning.  There are 3 children in the family.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  Jumping rope is Ludín’s favorite activity. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

 

7 ~ Zayda Marilyn

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Zayda ia 3 years old, and her birthday is September 10, 2011.

 In her home, Zayda helps by carrying water and running errands.  She lives with her mother.  Her mother maintains the home.  There are 3 children in the family.  Zayda is not attending school because she is too young. Playing house, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

 

8 ~ Ariel

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Ariel is 7 years old, and his birthday is September 15, 2007.

Ariel lives with his father and his mother.  He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family. Soccer, playing with cars and playing with marbles are Ariel’s favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

 

9 ~ Maryi Lizbeny

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Maryi is 8 years old, and her birthday is May 27, 2006.

 In her home, Maryi helps by gathering firewood, running errands and cleaning.  She lives with her father and her mother.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.  There are 5 children in the family.  Playing house, playing with dolls and jumping rope are Maryi’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

 

10 ~ Axel David

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Axel is 4 years old, and his birthday is September 15, 2010.

Axel lives with his grandmother.  At home, duties include carrying water and gathering firewood.  His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  There are 3 children in the family. Axel is not attending school because he is too young. Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

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Interested in helping to bring God’s Kingdom here for one of these children?  Contact me  to sponsor.  And it will be my joy to take photos of your sponsored child for you when I visit Tu Reino Aqui this summer.

deborah

When Love Takes Root

Today I was doing a name imprint on the new children’s bible for an adorably precious 9 year old girl named Hannah who edged her way to the counter to watch me work.  We had the most delightful time chatting away, and I started talking with her about some of the children her age that I sponsor. She was very interested, so that, of course, led to showing her the World Vision video packet that we have at the store of Channut, a sweet girl about her age in Cambodia.  

Well…  Hannah fell in love.  Pure and simple.  She read and reread the info on the packet, and watched Channut’s sweet video over and over.  She sat on the floor while looking at a few of the other child packets, but Channut was the one for her.  She was so excited, and took the packet to show her mom who also was very interested.  However, while her mom has always wanted to sponsor a child, she currently is the single parent of 2 children, so it is not an additional financial responsibility she can take on.   

Hannah begged and pleaded, but I could see that while her mom wanted to grant her this desire, she unable do it.  So I shared with her mom about the correspondent program with Compassion International, and she was very interested in this opportunity for her daughter.  When I told Hannah about it though, she was most adamant, “But I want THIS one!  Pleeease, can you hold her packet for me until we call you?”

Oh dear!  I sure know what that feels like, and know MANY sponsors who have all been in this same boat many times when our hearts are won by a particular child, but our pocketbooks were already strained from sponsoring multiple children, or from other financial obligations.  While I have regretted a few of the children that I DIDN’T sponsor when I really, really wanted to take them, my heart has been filled with love for the children that I do sponsor.  Even though I didn’t get to choose my correspondent children, I love each one and have some who have become especially dear treasures to my heart.  I know that if Hannah requests a correspondent sponsorship child, that God will pair her up with another little girl who will be just exactly the right one for her at this time in her life.  

Sometimes all it takes is to see the face of one particular child who is waiting for a sponsor, and you know that you just have to sponsor that child.  This may not have been something you were even planning to do at the time (or ever), but once a particular child is on your heart, you will do whatever you can to make it a reality, if at all possible, because love has taken root in your heart.  You even feel breathless at the level of love that you feel for this little stranger in the photo, for God breathed on the love in your heart, and your heart was filled with compassion for the child.

Gaby GuisselleHow about you?  This Honduran sweetie, Gaby, who is turning 6 this month, is waiting for a sponsor.  Is she the one for you?  Read more about her story here.

Though Hannah can’t sponsor Channut, a very special seed of love for sponsoring children has been planted in her heart today, and has already sprouted roots.  I’m praying for sweet Hannah tonight… I fell in love with HER just as she fell in love with Channut, and Hannah now has a special place in my heart.

deborah

Little Children Leading the Way

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My eyes are teary from the sweetness of this moment… a little child loving on another little child.  This weekend I was privileged to volunteer at the Compassion Experience event in my community, and loved the precious hearts of people being moved to sponsor a child for the first time, or to sponsor yet another child, and was especially moved by the responses of several children. I loved watching the delight of this little 3 year old girl and her 5 year old twin sisters as they looked over the child packets, and chose a precious 4 year old Ethiopian girl for their family to sponsor.  

new_sponsorThis dear boy won my heart… his family wanted to sponsor a child, and he wanted to choose the child.  He specifically wanted a little girl.  As the mom started filling out the information, my heart sang as he asked, “Mom, can she be my own person for me to write to?”  

I was told the story of a young girl who dearly wanted her dad to sponsor the little girl she had picked out.   Her dad contemplated the $38/month fee, and asked her, “You get $5 for your allowance.  How much of it are you willing to give towards her sponsorship?”  Without hesitation, the child responded with tears in her eyes, “All of it.”  Tears not from regret for losing her allowance but rather that the little girl she had chosen meant so much to her already, and she had to have her as part of their family.

Little children leading the way.

MicealSeeing all those sweet faces of the children needing sponsors moved my heart all over again. At this event, all of the children featured were from Ethiopia.  I came home, and tonight am feeling the burden for how many orphans are needing sponsors right now. Here is one of them… 4 year old Miceal who lives with his sister who is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. BTW… for those of you who are interested in special dates, his birthday is 10/10/10. Would you consider sponsoring Miceal?  Read more of his story here.

LamrotHere is another precious orphan from Ethiopia waiting for a sponsor… 3 year old Lamrot who lives with her grandmother. Her birthday is 8/8/11.  Read Lamrot’s story here.

Sponsoring a child not only changes the story for children such as Miceal and Lamrot, but as your children get involved in developing a relationship with them, it changes the story for your own children as well.  If you have children of your own at home, show them these photos of Miceal and Lamrot.  And don’t be surprised when your eyes get misty too from the love that is ignited in the hearts of your own child to love on one of these children.

Let your child lead the way.

deborah