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Children Around the World

I typically advocate for Honduran children who attend the same projects as my own sponsored children, but am so delighted to advocate for these three precious children from around the world.  Their sweet faces won my heart!

Princella – Ghana

I think this sweetie was very aptly named…  Princella is a little princess!  She lives in a forested community in Ghana with both her dad and mom, and she is one of two children in the home.  3 1/2 year old Princella helps in the home by caring for children, and her favorite activities are singing and walking.  She attends kindergarten as well as church activities and Bible class.  Her birthday is December 29, 2011.

Princella’s dad is sometimes employed as a farmer, and her mom is sometimes employed.  Most adults work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $10/month.  Common health problems in her area include malaria and typhoid fever, and the regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, and rice.  The spoken language is Fante.

Contact me to sponsor this sweet princess.

Sauphiana – Haiti

SauphianaSauphiana lives on the plains of Port-de-Paix with both her dad and mom, and she is one of 3 children in the family.  6 year old Sauphiana is in preschool, and her favorite activities are playing house, art, and hide-and-seek.  Her birthday is May 15, 2009.

Sauphiana’s dad is sometimes employed as a laborer, and her mom is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.  Most adults in her community are unemployed, but some work on plantations, as subsistence farmers, or as market traders, and earn the equivalent of $43/month.  Common health problems include fevers, typhoid, influenza, and malaria, and the regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, and rice.  The spoken language is Creole.

Contact me to sponsor Sauphiana.

Jefrinat – Indonesia

JefrinatJefri lives in an island community with both his dad and mom, and is one of 2 children in the family.  6 year old Jefri is not presently attending school, but he attends church activities regularly.  Bicycling is his favorite activity.  His birthday is May 30, 2009.

Jefri’s dad is sometimes employed, and his mom maintains the home.  Most adults in this community work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $33/month.  Common health problems in the area include malaria, diarrhea and vomiting.  The regional diet consists of maize, fish and rice. 

Contact me to sponsor Jefrinat.

Hugged With a Letter

Some letters feel like endearing hugs.  And I love hearing from these incredibly sweet children that I’m going to be visiting in a few days!  I’m taking a quick break from packing my suitcases to share from the letter I received today from one of my older Honduran boys, 12 year old Samuel.  We’ve been corresponding for the past 8 months, and he already has opened up to write very touching letters.

In talking with several new sponsors recently, they’re full of questions of what to write, and I love giving ideas to help them connect with the heart of their sponsored child.  My kids enjoy even simple letters about the birds that I see here, or even trees and plants that I like.  Even though I’ve already been to Honduras to visit some of my kids, I still am surprised by some of the glimpses into their lives that I receive through their letters, such as this one here…

letter-Samuel-treesIt’s HOT in Honduras!  HOTduras is my affectionate nickname for this country!  And I can’t imagine living in a hot place in a city without trees for shade.  That little glimpse gave me a whole new visual picture of Samuel’s living conditions. 

With the level of poverty that these children face, it impresses me so much that their heart to succeed is so that they can provide for the needs of their families.  Several of them have shared their dreams with me, and they are not for themselves, but in order to serve.  The dream is to be someone “important” in life so that they can help their family.

letter-Samuel-businessmanIf you are new to corresponding with a sponsored child, share about your relationship with God, and encourage them in developing their own personal relationship with Him.  For me, there’s nothing more important, and I hope that each of my children will grow to share this same passion.

letter-Samuel-thanksI felt Samuel’s sweet hugs all through these little excerpts and through his whole precious letter, and I can’t wait to give him hugs in person in just a couple of weeks! 

So now back to packing…  and praying for packing miracles to get everything in my suitcases!

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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

Honduran Trip Preparations: Confessions of a Reformed Night Owl

Or I should say, a nearly reformed night owl.

I admit it.  I have been a night owl for decades.  A night owl of night owls.   My creativity typically  burns brightest and best between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am.  I can have a hard, stressful, exhausting day, crash on the couch for an hour after dinner, and then the Energizer Bunny kicks in.  All it takes is that one spark of imagination for a creative project, and I’m off and running.  I’ll glance at the clock after what seemed like minutes, and be shocked that it’s already 2,3 or even 4 am.  Or if my ears start ringing, then I know it’s about 4 am.

So last year before my trip to Honduras, I was working on my final project in the Visual Communications program at my local community college.  That final project actually was this website, Trusty’s Mailbag, in its infancy.   When I found out that the deadline had been moved up by a couple weeks, I realized that I could no longer count on finishing this assignment after I got back home.  It had to be finished before my trip, and I only had 2 weeks to do it.

Enter the Energizer Bunny mode.  Ta-dah!

Every spare minute outside of work and packing was spent creating this website, and I was staying up till at least 2 am every night, though more often than not till 4am, and I even pulled a couple of all-nighters.  My project was submitted before my trip. I got an A on the project, an A in the class, I aced the entire program, and I was happy with a job well done.

But I was exhausted.  Exhausted, and overweight from keeping a similar intense schedule throughout the entire 2-3 years of school.

Arriving at SeaTac airport, I discovered that my suitcases were about 12 lbs overweight, so that meant going through them, pulling out all the books and anything else heavy, and stuffing them to my already way too heavy knapsack bulging with cameras, my laptop, and more.  I was casting longing eyes at the travelers who were pulling a small suitcase on wheels for their carry-on, because my knees were buckling under the weight of carrying that knapsack.

I showed up in Honduras very tired and run down, with seriously swollen, hurting ankles and knees.  Certainly not the condition that I wanted to be in for this incredibly precious trip that I had been planning all year long!  I loved every minute of my time in Honduras, but did not want a repeat performance of feeling exhausted and sick for my next trip…  or for any future trips, for that matter.

So a few months ago, I remembered all of this, and decided to make the necessary changes in my lifestyle so that I would be in good condition before heading back to Honduras in July.  Actually, I didn’t want this just for Honduras, but for my life in general~!  The Energizer Bunny kicked in again, but this time for everything that would produce health.  Top of my list was getting proper rest and losing weight.

Getting Proper Rest

Okay, so that’s easier said than done for a night owl.  But I quickly discovered that it was very do-able once I implemented all the changes that I had decided upon, like daily exercise.  My goal was to be in bed by 9:30, and let the creative Energizer Bunny go to work in the early morning… or the afternoon after I got home from work.  I haven’t made it to bed that early every night, but it’s definitely becoming more normal than not.

And wow…  I discovered that if I go to bed by 9-10, I can actually get up at 5-6 in the morning with no problem.  Who knew?  Lol…

Losing Weight

 After 3 years of school, and dealing with a few different injuries to my knees, back, and arms over the past few years, I faced the unpleasant reality that I needed to lose 40-50 lbs. 

Again.

The year before my 50th birthday, I decided to give myself a special 50th birthday present.  I would lose 50 lbs, and it was a very achievable goal by losing only 1 lb/week, with 2 weeks off for Christmas.  Lol…  But I did it.  Actually, I lost the 50 lbs in 4 months, not a year!  I was going down a dress size every 3 weeks, and went from a size 16 to a size 4.  It was so easy on my mostly raw plant food diet with its fresh raw juices and salads, exercising a little bit every day, and drinking at least 8 cups of water. 

I knew I could do it again, and this time for good.  So far I’ve achieved about 1/3 of my goal, and am determined to do the best that I can in these next 7 weeks before I leave for Honduras.  Already the swollen knee issue I was battling again is resolved, and I have tons of energy.  Yay! 

In a series of upcoming blog posts, I will share specifics of what I am doing, with recipies, ideas, and encouragement for those of you who have been struggling with some of these same issues.  I know there are many sponsors who want to visit their children, but are unable to because of health, financial, or fear issues.  I want to address each of these, and hopefully see many other sponsors set free to do the traveling that we long to do, to be a blessing, and receive His blessings as we go. 

deborah

 

Little Princess in the Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

Contact me here to sponsor Princesa Helen.

deborah

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

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

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

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

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

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

We really do take so much for granted.

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

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

deborah

Bringing God’s Kingdom Here

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

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

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

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

1 ~ Ingrid Roxana

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

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

 

2 ~ Dulce Maria

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

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

 

3 ~ Sthefani Tatiana

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

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

 

4 ~ Josué David

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

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

 

5 ~ Helen Nayely

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

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

 

6 ~ Ludin Arely

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

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

 

7 ~ Zayda Marilyn

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

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

 

8 ~ Ariel

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

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

 

9 ~ Maryi Lizbeny

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

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

 

10 ~ Axel David

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

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

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

deborah

When Love Takes Root

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

deborah

Little Children Leading the Way

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

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

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

Little children leading the way.

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

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

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

Let your child lead the way.

deborah

Launching Trusty’s Mailbag

Trusty’s Mailbag is a dream that has been a long time coming, and I’m so delighted to finally see it launched.  It started out as my final project for the Visual Communications program at my local college, and I was staying up till 3, 4, 5am every night the 2 weeks right before my trip to Honduras in order to finish in time.  That meant that I arrived in Honduras very short on sleep, but happy to have the assignment done, and very happy to be in Honduras.

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With two of my Honduran sweeties

When I returned home from my incredibly wonderful trip, I picked Trusty’s Mailbag back up to expand it to the point where I was satisfied to release it.  I somehow missed summer completely, for as soon as I came home from work each day, I was on my computer working on this website every night past midnight.  It’s a good thing I totally love doing this!  It hardly felt like work when it’s my heart’s delight and passion. 

But with the long hours of focused attention on this project, I also realized that I never even finished posting my pictures from my trip on Facebook, and haven’t written the blog posts that I wanted to write about it either.  Well, that will start happening soon!

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Enjoying a surprise visit from my grandbaby at work

While I was in school, it became difficult to keep up with my kids’ sponsorships, but I realized that by working just x-number of hours/week at a part-time job, it would cover what I needed for the kids.  God opened the door for me to work at my local Family Christian Bookstore because of my love and passion for sponsoring children, and one of the blessings of working there is that I get to advocate for children right on the job.  How cool is that!?  Day after day I’ve talked with many customers who already sponsor children, and I discovered that most were not connecting with their child.  Many had never written to their child, and most were struggling with writing.  Many were also feeling guilty about it, and nearly all of them did not understand the importance of their letters.

Trusty’s Mailbag was born out of the need I saw with my customers to provide a place for information and inspiration no matter which organization they used for sponsoring children.  And these customers represent thousands of other sponsors who feel the same way.  My desire is to encourage sponsors in connecting with the heart of their child, to see their relationship blossom and thrive, and in the process, for hearts and lives to be changed… including our own.

Thanks for stopping by Trusty’s Mailbag, and I hope you will come often to be inspired.  Many blessings for your sponsorship journey ahead!
deborah