Category Archives: Sponsorship

A Day for Miracles

I love miracles.  I love seeing God display His glory in doing miracles in our lives.  I love reading about them in the Bible, I love hearing people’s testimonies of miracles, and I especially love experiencing them myself.

Today I was filled with joy to hear about a beautiful miracle.

marco-sponsoredOne very dear sponsor has been praying  for one of the boys I’ve been advocating for from the new Compassion Tu Reino Aqui.  She shared the same heart that I’ve had for Marco, and has been faithfully praying for a sponsor for him. 

And the more she prayed, of course the more she loved him.

For weeks now, I’ve been praying for God to do a miracle on her behalf so that she could sponsor Marco… that God would release unexpected money that would fully provide for his sponsorship.  Today that happened…  God answered these prayers for unexpected resources for full provision! 

It is always so incredibly encouraging to see God at work like this…  And I’m ready to see Him do it again.

I’m ready even more so after hearing the report back today from a young gal on a mission’s trip in Honduras.  Hannah had her special child visit day with her sponsored children, including three children from this new Compassion project, Tu Reino Aqui.  She is the first one to meet some of these children, and has given our team permission to share her report:

…They are absolutely precious. They stuck out profusely among everyone else, and all three of the children had completely rotten teeth. Keisy’s mother told me that they used to sleep in a field until compassion came along and now they are building a wooden house. Keisy also looks somewhat malnourished. Harold is TINY. His grandmother had no work and feeds four grandchildren. None, not even the adults, had ever been to San Pedro Sula. None of the children had ever eaten in a restaurant, eaten ice cream, or owned a toy. Amy had never received new clothes.  …they just seem like they need physical needs met more than anything. They were so full of life and joy.

KeisyMy heart… 

I have so much love for these children, but am feeling so much pain on their behalf too.

I was so happy that little Keisy was chosen by this sponsor. While my heart is overwhelmed with the desperate needs of these precious children and their families, I am grateful that they will be receiving help from Compassion’s ministry, along with the encouragement and support of their new sponsors. 

This project is in a community that is especially poor.  The needs are profound and in some cases, desperate.  Honduras is already a very poor country, and even for Honduras, this community is extremely poor. The average income is only $50/month.  Many children are living with grandparents who are caring for several children, and often without employment… 

Children who have never owned a toy… 

Children who may have never had a piece of new clothing… 

Children who probably have rotting teeth…

Children who might not even have any kind of dwelling to call home.

Are you willing to make a difference in their lives?  I have 10 more children who are still waiting for their sponsors, and I would be thrilled to tell them the good news, face to face, that they have been chosen.  I will be seeing them in two weeks!

These beautiful children are waiting…

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Click here to read their stories.

Is one of these children on your heart?  Do you too need a miracle for provision in order to sponsor one of them?  I will pray for you too!  God loves to answer our prayers and reveal His glory to us, again and again. If you would like to help change the story for one of these children, please contact me.

I’m ready for another miracle!  How about you?

deborah

A Special Treasure Hunt

One month from today I’ll be on a plane heading for Honduras!  It has been so exciting to be dreaming and planning for this trip all year long, and to see God’s hand at work opening doors and providing the way for so many details.  For the past few months, I’ve been packing my suitcases with gifts for the children, and can’t wait to hug each one of my sweeties, as well as their family and friends that I have come to love.  I have a really big family now!

In March, I and the others on our team for this Vision Trip started advocating for the children from Tu Reino Aqui, (Your Kingdom Here), the new Compassion project in the rural mountains of Honduras.  We have caught the vision for advocating for a whole project, and it has been so beautiful to see one child after another be chosen by a sponsor.  It’s extraordinary to see that about 90 of the 200 children have been sponsored already, and we’re dreaming and praying for sponsors for each one.

treasure-chestI currently have these 12 children remaining from the 2 dozen that I have been personally advocating for, and would love to see each of these precious ones sponsored by the time I arrive at their project on Friday, July 17th.  I know that the Lord has a special sponsor planned for each one, and it’s like going on a treasure hunt to find those sponsors.  Both the sponsor and the child will be special treasures for each other…  Is one of these treasures for you?

A Special Note for Grandparents

Several of these precious children live with one or both grandparents.  What a blessing it would be for these grandparents as well as the child to have someone like you come alongside them to help and encourage them.   Many grandparents in our country have had to take on the full responsibility of their grandchildren, and as difficult as it is here, the conditions in Honduras there are incredibly more difficult. Imagine trying to do this in a simple adobe mud home with dirt floors, no running water, toilets, showers, baths, or washing machines.  Cook your food in an outdoor adobe oven.  There are no screens on your windows, and no air conditioning.  Walk on dirt roads everywhere you need to go.  And it’s hot outside… really hot.  The adults who have jobs work as day laborers, and the average income in this community is very low…  only $50/month.  If you have an extra tender place in your heart for grandchildren and for grandparents, I ask you to consider sponsoring one of these children in need.

Treasure Axel

Axel David

Axel is 4 years old, and his birthday is September 15, 2010. He 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. Contact me to sponsor Axel.

Treasure Helen

This child is on hold!

Helen Nayely

Helen is 6 years old, and her 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.  Contact me to sponsor Helen.

Treasure Marco

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Marco Antonio

Marco is 9 years old, and his birthday is February 17, 2006.  He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother.  At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother maintains the home.  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.  Contact me to sponsor Marco.

Treasure Jose

Jose Aldemo

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

Treasure Rosa

Rosa Maria

Rosa is 9 years old, and her birthday is June 6, 2006.  She lives with her father and her mother.  Her duties at home include 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.  Contact me to sponsor Rosa.

Treasure Graciela

Graciela Haydee

Graciela is turning 10 years old this month… her birthday is June 14, 2005.  She lives with her father and her stepmother.  At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her stepmother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family.  Playing with dolls, jumping rope and playing group games are Graciela’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.  Contact me to sponsor Graciela.

Treasure Yasmary

Yasmary Nohemy

Yasmary is 9 years old, and her birthday is December 4, 2005.  She lives with her father and her mother.  Her duties at home include 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.  Contact me to sponsor Yasmary.

Treasure Lithsy

Lithsy Valeria

Valeria is 4 years old, and her birthday is December 26, 2010.  She lives with her mother, and is responsible for helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning.  Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  There are 3 children in the family.  Valería is not attending school because she is too young. Playing house, playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.  Contact me to sponsor Valeria.

Treasure Jesus

Jesús Alejandro

Jesús is 6 years old, and his birthday is May 9, 2009.  He makes his home with his stepfather and his mother. Carrying water and running errands are his household duties.  His stepfather is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.  There are 2 children in the family.  Playing ball games, bicycling and playing group games are Jesús’s favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.  Contact me to sponsor Jesús.

Treasure Paula

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Paula Carlybeth

Paula is 4 years old, and her birthday is September 2, 2010. She makes her home with her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands are her household duties.  Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  There are 3 children in the family.  Paula is not attending school because she is too young. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.  Contact me to sponsor Paula.

Treasure Edisson

Edisson Gerardo

Edisson is 5 years old, and his birthday is June 16, 2009.  He lives with his grandmother.  At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  As part of Compassion’s ministry, Edissón participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing ball games are his favorite activities.  Contact me to sponsor Edisson.

Treasure Scarleth

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Scarleth Mareily

Scarleth is 5 years old, and her birthday is March 21, 2010.  She lives with her grandfather and her grandmother.  Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother maintains the home.  Scarleth works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  There are 5 children in the family.  For fun, Scarleth enjoys playing jacks, playing house and playing with dolls. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.  Contact me to sponsor Scarleth.

Many blessings!

deborah

A Bouquet of Roses

“What a lovely thing a rose is!” – Arthur Conan Doyle

What a lovely bouquet of precious girls from Honduras and Haiti… all named Rose! 

The Honduran Rose

This sweet Rose is from the brand new Honduran project, “Your Kingdom Here” that I will be visiting next month.  I hope to meet her and take photos for her new sponsor!

RosaMariaRosa Maria

Rosa Maria is from Honduras, and her 9th birthday is today, June 6. 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.

Contact me to sponsor Rose Maria, and enjoy sending her this birthday collage photo as a special gift to delight her heart.  I will email you the full resolution photo.

Rosa Maria - Birthday Rose

The Haitian Roses

Since our team traveling to Honduras next month has shared in the joy of working and praying for sponsors for the Honduran children in the brand new project, we’ve caught the vision of how important it is to advocate for all of the children in the project.  Each of the following girls are all from the same brand new project in Haiti, and Compassion is specially featuring the children from this project to see all the children sponsored this next week.  That would be such a blessing for the children and for this new project! 

Rose ThalieRose Thalie

Rose Thalie is 7 years old, and her birthday is April 15, 2008.  In her home, Rose helps by carrying water and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.

Sponsor Rose Thalie here, and please contact me if you sponsor her!

RoseBelthaRose Beltha

Rose Beltha is a Valentine’s Day sweetie!  She is 7 years old, and her birthday is February 14, 2008.  Rose lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water 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 seller in the market.

Sponsor Rose Beltha here, and please contact me if you sponsor her!

Rose DarlieRose Darlie

Rose Darlie is 7 years old, and her birthday is October 11, 2007.  She lives with her father and her mother, and is responsible for washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

For fun, Rose enjoys singing, playing house and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.

Sponsor Rose Darlie here, and please contact me if you sponsor her!

RoseStephanieRose Stephanie

Rose Stephanie is 6 years old, and her birthday is August 4, 2008.  In her home, Rose helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. She lives with her father and her mother, and there are 7 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.

Art, playing with dolls and reading are Rose’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

Sponsor Rose Stephanie here, and please contact me if you sponsor her!

My goal here at Trusty’s Mailbag is to encourage sponsors in connecting with the heart of their sponsored child.  If you use the source code I provided for sponsoring any of these Haitian Roses, please do let me know, as in the upcoming months I will be providing free resources for all of the sponsors of the children I advocate for.  Many blessings!

deborah

 

Awed by His Perfect Answer

Visiting Daniela's Project

Visiting at “Breezes of Paradise” with Daniela and her pastor

Last summer when I was on a trip to visit two of my sponsored children in Honduras,  I was surprised by an emotion that I didn’t anticipate feeling. 

Loneliness.

Granted, it only happened on the last day of my wonderful trip.  I stayed an extra few days on my own after our team left for home in order to visit my girl, Daniela, who lives in a different part of the country.  Being on my own for the special day with Daniela was not the problem, but rather that there was no one to share this incredibly precious time together with.

Throughout the year, I prayed for a traveling companion for this year’s trip, not only for the safety factor in having someone to be with while I would be on my own again after the group tour, but more importantly to have someone to share the joy together in visiting more children.  Each friend or relative that I thought might be a possibility, was unable to go. 

And so I wondered…  and prayed.

As I have been advocating for precious children from His Kingdom Here project, I have been messaging back and forth with a number of people who have been interested.  Right from the beginning of talking with a precious sponsor named Lori, there was a special connection, and while she was very interested in the children who needed to be sponsored as well as the trip itself, it made no sense in the natural, as she said, for her to go on this trip.  But it was so clearly apparent that God was directing her to go, and in a series of small miracles ~~ in our opinion! ~~ God opened the door for Lori to be part of this special Vision Tour, to sponsor a child from the new project, and for us to be traveling companions together for the whole trip. 

Lori with her Guatemalan princess, Iraida

Lori is well versed in traveling to visit sponsored children ~~ Haiti, Tanzania, and Guatemala ~~  and knows the special ministry that the Lord works in our own lives as well in the lives of the children as a result of making these trips.  I think this is part of what makes this so special to both of us, that we are each anticipating seeing God’s hand at work, knowing His Presence, and hearing His voice throughout this trip.  He faithfully does this in our lives day in and day out, but there is something very special about going on these trips and seeing His heart for these children. 

God had such a perfect answer for my prayers!  Though Lori and I have never met before in person, and we live half way across the USA from each other, we’ll be meeting in Houston for our connecting flights to Honduras.  I am so grateful for this new friend, and it is already such a joy to be sharing God’s answers to prayer, as well as planning a special Princess Day together for seven of our Honduran girls in honor of the Quinceanera for two of them.  So much blessing!!

All throughout the past few weeks, God has surprised us with His “whispers”, as Lori calls them, and seeing Him work in the many details of preparing for this trip.  And the more that I see what He is doing, I am all the more excited to see what He will do on this trip.  I know I will continue to be awed by His perfect answers.

Would you like to be part of His perfect answer for a precious child?  Today is Ludin’s 10th birthday, and she has been waiting and wondering who He will provide as a sponsor for her.  I will also send the full resolution sized princess photo for her new sponsor to use as a special delight for Ludin.  You can read her story here, and if you want to be part of a beautiful answer to prayer, contact me here.   

Happy 10th birthday!

Happy 10th birthday, sweet Ludin Arely!

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I’m anticipating His next whisper!

deborah

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.

Paula

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.

Jose Adelmo

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.

Marco

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.

Yasmary

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.

deborah

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.

 

deborah

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

UPDATE

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…

 deborah

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)

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