Category Archives: Encouragement for Kids

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

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

Encouragement for Bryan

bryanThe more that I correspond with children from around the world, the more I have come to realize that while they face many issues that are very similar to our own lives, many of them face issues that are far beyond my experience and comprehension, issues that are extremely painful and difficult.  

One such child is Bryan, a precious 15 year old correspondent boy in Kenya.  Not only have both of his parents died, but his grandmother is gone as well, and he has been living alone with his sickly grandfather.  Letter after letter he has mentioned his concern for his grandpa, and has asked for prayers for his health.  His fears are very real.  A recent letter even mentioned that he has often been staying home from school to care for his grandpa, and his friends stop by afterwards to fill him in on what he missed in his studies. When Bryan is not in school or caring for his grandpa, he is responsible for herding and caring for livestock.  What a vastly different life from the typical teen here.

I was so grateful to receive this letter from Bryan a few days ago, where he wrote,

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In reading this I’m torn between feeling glad that the letters and books I’ve sent have been making a difference for him, and feeling grief over the hardship that he faces on a daily basis. 

One of the things I have been impressed to do for Bryan is to send along extra reading materials with my letters to him.  Biographies of faithful Christians, classic children’s literature such as Heidi, and Creation Illustrated magazine have been among carefully chosen materials for him.  In addition to the story of Heidi being such a well-loved classic, I figured that he would find it a story that he can identify with since he too has lost both his parents and is living with his grandfather, and he too herds livestock.  The Trailblazer series of Christian biographies by Dave and Neta Jackson have stories of Christians such as Nate Saint, William Tyndale, Jonathan Goforth, David Livingstone, Amy Carmichael, John Bunyan, Hudson Taylor, and more.   I like encouraging him with testimonies of how others have walked through difficult circumstances, trusting and honoring God.

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Since Bryan is a Compassion child, I can send books and other materials in 1/4″ thick sections.  I like to use clear packing tape along the rough spine of the book sections to keep them intact and also provide a smoother surface for holding as he reads.  Since Bryan knows English, it makes it a whole lot easier for me to find books to send him.  About every 2-3 months I send a huge box of letters snail mail to Compassion, including my own booklets that I have written for my kids, and other books and magazines.  The Trailblazer series of Christian biographies by Dave and Neta Jackson is especially well suited for this purpose, since each volume contains 5 separate stories that easily divide into 1/4″ sections.

He also mentioned that he doesn’t have a bible anymore, as his was lost (or stolen?) at school, but he is happy for the bible stories that I write to him.  In the recent lessons at his church, he “was very much encouraged by the story of Esther and Mordecai and how they were  lifted and protected by God.”  As you write to your child, share from Bible story characters who have impacted your own life.  Remember that your child may not necessarily have their own copy of a Bible, so consider printing out the selected text to include with your letter.  I appreciate Bible Gateway for this purpose as they have Bible versions available in many different languages.

While I’m particularly feeling the weight of being a burden bearer for Bryan tonight, I’m grateful that I can do something tangibly in the physical realm to lift him up through letters and books, and grateful that I can do something powerfully significant to lift him up spiritually with prayers and intercession.  And I’m especially grateful for Holy Spirit who prays with me when my own words fail.

deborah