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It’s Compassion Sunday!

It’s Compassion Sunday!  I have more beautiful children from the new Honduran project, Tu Reino Aqui, to present here, but first I want to share a few notes from my experience and observations of what makes Compassion such an amazingly wonderful child sponsorship organization as it lifts children from poverty and changes their story.

I love Compassion’s discipleship model.

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This is how I see a striking difference in Compassion’s program.  The children are essentially discipled in their Christian faith, to know God personally, and live out that faith in every area of their lives.  Compassion works through the child’s local church, training leaders from within the church to teach and lead the children, and in the process, these adults benefit from the teaching and training for their own lives.  The whole local church is built up and strengthened, rather than depending on others to come in and do the work for them.

I love Compassion’s commitment to the individual child.

Each Compassion child is in the program until they either complete the program and graduate, or choose to leave.  This is a significant difference.  Each child is built up, taught, encouraged, and helped in discovering their interests, dreams, and abilities. 

I love Compassion’s commitment to the individual sponsor.

While I had already noticed this difference in my interactions with Compassion, I especially noticed this difference when I personally visited their headquarters in Colorado Springs.  This was a couple summers ago when Colorado was raging with wildfires, and we were planning an all day drive down from the NW corner of the state where we were vacationing, to the opposite side of the state so we could visit.  When we arrived, there was such a welcoming atmosphere at Compassion, from the woman greeting us, to the family living room, to Compassion arranging a private tour for us since we missed the last group tour of the day.  Everything about the experience that day left an indelibly positive memory.

I love Compassion’s commitment to integrity.

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While Compassion works in the local churches, there is accountability for integrity in the way the finances are handles and the program is implemented.  When the mark is missed, the project or leadership are helped in reaching Compassion’s high standard in order to remain in the program.  I appreciate this safeguard, and know that I can trust Compassion’s work to be carried out faithfully.

I love Compassion’s commitment to Jesus Christ.

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This is really both my first reason as well as my bottom line!  The only real change in people’s lives will come about because of the work of the Holy Spirit as people commit to the Lord Jesus Christ.  I love that the gospel is given, and the community is nurtured and strengthened in living for Jesus.

These are a few of my key reasons of why I love Compassion!  I invite you to experience the Compassion difference by sponsoring one of these precious children, and making an eternal difference in their lives.

1 ~ Rosa Maria

Rosa Maria is 8 years old, and her birthday is June 6, 2006. She is 8 years old. She lives with her father and her mother, and she helps at home by washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. For fun, Rosa enjoys playing jacks and singing. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.

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2 ~ Paula Carlybeth

Paula Carlybeth is 4 years old, and her birthday is September 2, 2010. She makes her home with her mother, and helps in the home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer, and there are 3 children in the family. Paula is not attending school because she is too young, but attends church activities regularly. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.

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3 ~ Jose Adelmo

Jose Adelmo is 6 years old, and his birthday is December 5, 2008. He lives with his father and his mother, and helps at home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family. Adelmo is not presently attending school, but he attends church activities regularly. Soccer, playing with cars, and running are his favorite activities.

Bertha Lidia

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4 ~ Bertha Lidia

Bertha Lidia is 4 years old, and her birthday is July 31, 2010. She makes her home with her mother, and helps in the home by running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer, and there are 2 children in the family. Bertha is not attending school because she is too young, but she attends church activities and Bible class regularly. Playing house, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.

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5 ~ Marco Antonio

Marco is 9 years old, and his birthday is February 17, 2006. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother, and helps at home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother maintains the home, and there are 2 children in the family. For fun, Marco enjoys soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

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6 ~ Yasmary Nohemy

Yasmary is 9 years old, and her birthday is December 4, 2005. She lives with her father and her mother, and helps in the home by making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Playing jacks and jumping rope are Yasmary’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Interested in sharing in the Compassion difference?

If you want to help bring God’s Kingdom here for one of these children, contact me here 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.

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I Know You Are Here

Last summer I was privileged to meet my sweet Daniela in Honduras and visit her in her home… give her hugs… meet her family…  sit on her hard little bed as I tried to take in her surroundings and understand what her life is like in her circumstances.   As her sponsor, I am so blessed to write to her as we develop a precious relationship together, and I rejoice to see her blossom with confidence and grow in her abilities.  I love sharing gifts with her, praying for her, and dreaming of the next trip to visit her.  But as much as I would like, I cannot be there in person on a regular basis to see her, help her, and encourage her.

But there is One who can… and Who is there.

While each letter I receive is a delight, her letter yesterday was a special blessing as she shared her favorite worship song with me, Tu Estas Aqui ~ You Are Here.  As I read the words she shared with me from this song, I knew I had to find it and hear it for myself, for my own heart of worship to the Lord.  

Though my eyes
can’t see you, I can feel you
I know you are here.
Though my hands
can’t touch your face, Lord
I know you are here.

My heart can feel your presence.
You are here, you are here
I can sense your majesty.
You are here, you are here

My heart can see your beauty.
You are here, you are here.
I can feel your great love.
You are here, you are here.

You are here, you are here.

As you listen to this, join with me in letting your heart respond in worship the One Who is there for each of our sponsored children… the One Who is here for each of us.

Aunque mis ojos
no te puedan ver, te puedo sentir,
Sé que estás aquí.
Aunque mis manos
no puedan tocar, tu rostro Señor,
Sé que estás aquí,

Mi corazón, puede sentir tu Presencia,
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí
Puedo sentir, tu majestad
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

Mi corazón, puede mirar tu hermosura,
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí
Puedo sentir, tu gran amor
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

We are so privileged to get to pour into the lives of each of these children, and have the Lord pour back into our hearts and lives.  My greatest desire and prayer for my own sons and daughters, grandchildren and sponsored children is that they intimately know the Lord, experience the sweetness of His Presence, hear His voice, and live with hearts of love and worship for Him.  This is the greatest release from poverty of all.

Would you like to share in the blessing of pouring God’s love into the life of another child, that they would know the sweetness of His Presence?  I love Dulce’s name, which means sweetness.   She is enrolled in the new compassion project in Honduras, Your Kingdom Here, which I will be visiting this summer.  She is 3 years old, and her birthday is December 6, 2011.

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Dulce lives with her father and her mother, and even at the tender age of 3, she helps in 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, but she attends church activities and Bible class regularly.  Playing with dolls, running and playing group games are her favorite activities.

It is only $38/month to sponsor Dulce through Compassion International, and it is a life-changing investment that will not only affect her heart and life, but also that of her family and community.  Contact me here to sponsor Dulce.  And as my gift to you, I will email the full size photo of Princesa Dulce for you to write a special letter to her.

 

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Come and Let Your Glory Fall

Come and let Your glory fall…

Tu Reino Aqui

My heart has been so captivated by this new Honduran project, Tu Reino Aqui, that I and the others on the team will be visiting this summer.  The more that I have been learning about it, the more my heart yearns for this community.   I have become more and more passionate to see this group of people blessed and encouraged not only through Compassion’s child sponsorship program, but by believers coming alongside to see God’s glory revealed in their lives.  This photo of their church shows their passionate hearts also to see God’s glory revealed.

Come and let Your glory fall…

I’ve had this song in my spirit the past week which expresses the same desire of Tu Reino Aqui…  Your Kingdom Here…

Come and let Your glory fall…

Located in a very rural, mountainous community that is especially poor even for Honduras, the typical homes have dirt floors and mud walls such as those that I saw in Yolani’s community last summer. However, the average income for adults in this new project is only $50/month, which is 1/3 the income of Yolani’s already desperately poor community.

Here is my own sponsored child from Tu Reino Aqui, 6 year old Maybeline Juleysi.  I can hardly wait to meet this precious girl this summer!  But even more than that, I long for the glory of God to come for her life.  I pray for her to have a heart hungry for God’s presence and glory, hungry to hear His voice, hungry to walk in intimacy with Him her whole life through.  I desire that she will be a child of great faith, to live a life filled with God’s miracles done on her behalf.  This precious child has no earthly father in her home, so that has caused me to desire even more that she will know the love of her Heavenly Father and the care that He has for her… that she will know that she is beloved, loveable, and worthy of love, for that is what her name means.

Come and let Your glory fall…

For the past 2 weeks, I and the other advocates who will be visiting Tu Reino Aqui in July have been praying for the children we are advocating for.  It has been so beautiful to see 10% of the children from this new project already sponsored!  That’s 20 of the 200 children… we are so excited that today we reached this first milestone!  Our dream is to see all 200 sponsored by the time we arrive…  that’s a huge undertaking, but not impossible with God.

So here is the next child I am featuring…

Ludin Arely

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Ludin Arely 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.

Are you the one who will sponsor this precious girl, and who will pray for the kingdom and glory of God to fill her life?  It is only $38/month to sponsor a child with Compassion.  Contact me here to sponsor Ludin.  You can view her regular photo on this page, and I will also email the full sized photo of Princesa Ludin for her sponsor to write her a special letter about being a princess in God’s kingdom. 

Come and let Your glory fall…

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Stopping for the One

heidibakerGod rocked my world and my heart 11 years ago by the life and testimony of one incredibly precious and powerful woman of our generation, Heidi Baker.  As a result of hearing her speak one evening at a conference about intimacy with God, I cried out to the Lord to know Him MORE, and as a result, He shook me, freed me, and set me on fire for Him with a love far greater than I had ever known in my 40+ years of being a Christian and walking with Him.

I became a lover of God consumed with the desire to always experience His Presence, hear His voice, and see His glory revealed.

One of the greatest things I learned from Heidi’s testimony is that God is looking for passionate lovers who will lay down their lives for Him.  Lovers who will be so filled with His love that they cannot say “No” to anything He asks of them.  Lovers who will love so sacrificially that it won’t even seem like a sacrifice because they are so passionately in love with Him.  Lovers who won’t merely be content to have a good feeling in their hearts, but who will rock their world with what they do.

Because love looks like something.

For Heidi and her husband, Rolland, missionaries in Mozambique, love looks like taking in thousands of children off of the streets and out of the dumps, and caring for them.  She is their beloved Mama Aida.  Children who had nothing to eat were given food.  Children who needed someone to care for them received that care.  Little girls who were reduced to selling their bodies for enough money to buy a can of pop were rescued and taught that they were deserving of honor and respect.  Children who desperately needed to be hugged and held, were embraced with arms of love.  Children who needed healing and miracles both for their bodies and for their souls received God’s transforming work in their lives for His glory.

How does a person take in 10,000 children?  I mean, that’s like totally mind boggling crazy!

She did this by stopping for the one.  One by one.

And because Jesus showed her that there would always be enough, she could boldly go to the brothels, dumps, and streets to pick up dirty, ragged, forgotten, unwanted children, one by one, and bring them home. 

We may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the vast numbers of people needing help, ministries to support, and situations everywhere we turn that need help.  There are desperate needs in our own communities and in our neighborhoods.  In the case of helping with child sponsorship, we can be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of children who need sponsors… and by the many children that some of us wish that we could sponsor. 

While it is unlikely that very many of us can move to a foreign country to take care of the vast numbers of homeless and orphaned children, we can come alongside organizations like Compassion to help with one child.  And then maybe one more.  One by one.  We can ask God to prepare our hearts to stop for the one… the one in front of us… the one that He puts on our hearts.  As Heidi says, It’s not complicated to stop for the one.

“I pray for radical love to just rock this generation, God.  I ask for love to just come in and stretch every heart, God.  Show them what love looks like, God… so that they would stop for the one every single day of their lives.”  Heidi Baker

What might radical love look like in our lives today?  It may be as simple as stopping for the one who calls you on the phone and needs a listening ear… when you’re busy doing something that you would rather do.  It may mean stopping for the one at work who is overwhelmed and helping them with a specific need… when you’d rather not get involved.  It may mean preparing a meal today for a neighbor… when you had a fun activity that you wanted to do instead.  It may mean stopping to pray with a stranger in need of healing… stepping totally out of your comfort zone.  Radical love may mean giving away a sizable money gift to someone in need today.  It may mean giving a hug to one who is lonely or speaking a kind word to one who is weary… giving to others rather than focusing on what you need.

Whatever that act of radical love looks like for today, it will probably be a call to do something other than what we feel like doing.  It may be something that we need to step out in faith, in some way, to accomplish.

What about you?  Is your heart open to say YES! to anything the Lord asks of you?  Are you willing to sacrifice some of the pleasant comforts that you surround your life with so that children in poverty can have a taste of radical, transforming love in their lives?  You may already be living a very radical life in the ministries that you are involved with, or how you serve others.  I am here to challenge you to ask yourself if you have become comfortable with the level that you are being radical.  Are you willing to go further in radical love?  Are you wiling to stop for one more?  Who is the one God would have you stop for today?

Here is one.

AxelAxel David is 4 years old, and his birthday is September 15, 2010.  He lives with his grandmother, and there are 3 children in this family.  At home, his duties include carrying water and gathering firewood, and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  Axel is not attending school because he is too young, but he attends church activities and Bible class regularly.  Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.  His Compassion project is a brand new project in Honduras, called Tu Reino Aqui… Your Kingdom Here.

Maybe you are already sponsoring one or more children, and you feel stretched.  Find out if God is calling you to sacrifice in other ways so that you can stretch again to embrace yet another child and sponsor this one for $38/month.  If He is calling you to step out in faith to sponsor your first child, or to take in another child, He says that there will always be enough.

If you are the one who feels called to sponsor Axel, contact me here.

And as with the other children I am advocating for from Tu Reino Aqui, here is a gift for Axel’s new sponsor.  I will email you the full resolution of this photo to use in writing a special letter to this precious boy.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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