“And Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:5
We started sponsoring a child through the Compassion program last year. When we first started sponsoring sweet Alejandro from Bolivia, we had no idea how deeply he would touch our hearts.
We have come to learn more about him through his letters and drawings and the area where he lives through research. Look at this letter we just received from him, is this not the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen?! I have this hanging right by my computer so that I look at it throughout the day – it always makes me smile and reminds me to say a prayer for Alejandro and his family.
I really hope to visit Alejandro someday in Bolivia. I would love to wrap my arms around this precious boy whom I have come to love!
Sponsorship programs are an easy way for me to give and help children and families in need. I have commited to give up excess spending during Lent and I’m going to use this extra money to sponsor additional children. I have already spotted a sweet girl in South Africa that is just tugging at my heart strings through another amazing organization: H.E.L.P.
Our eyes have been opened to the need. We have prayed for our hearts to be broken for “what breaks His.”
Through this prayer, our hearts have been…
: Broken for the oppressed.
: Broken for the fatherless.
: Broken for the forgotten.
And our Heavenly Father has left us completely and utterly raw to the need in this world. We can no longer stand for the things of this world. We can no longer compete in the American race to buy the next “it” item, the latest fashions, eat at the newest restaurants, or buy our children the latest toys.
We are striving to live out the Gospel instead of just reading the stories of Jesus.
We are taking small steps. No, we have not given away 90% of our income (Francis Chan, making us look bad, geez!) or sold all of our earthly belongings to go live as missionaries in a third world country; but we are trying.
We are making intentional decisions with how we spend our time, energy and money. We are simplifying. We are teaching our children through our actions. We are praying for guidance, clarity and grace each and every day.
We know the need.
We know the statistics: 143 million orphaned children. 11 million children who starve to death or die from preventable diseases. 8.5 million children who work as child slaves or prostitutes.
We also know these statistics are not just numbers – there are precious, innocent children that make up these numbers. Children that want to feel safe. Children that want to laugh and play chase. Children that want to have a warm meal and a full belly just like my own boys. They are not different. They were just born into a different situation. They were born into a world that is so unlike my own safe and abundantly blessed community that I have a hard time comprehending it.
As Katie Davis shared in her book, Kisses from Katie, the remarkable truth is this: if only 8 percent of the 2.1 billion people on this earth that proclaim to be Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.
That is absolutely astounding to me. I pray that you prayerfully consider making changes in your own lives to help those in need. And, please pray for Dave and I as we continue to discern God’s calling on our own hearts.
Lastly, I ask that you please say a prayer for Alejandro, his family and his community. Pray for the protection of children and teenagers from the prevalant gangs in his region, pray that Alejandro and other children like him will know the Lord and grow strong in Him.
Thank you so much for the prayers. I hope that you all have a very blessed Ash Wednesday. My family and I will be attending our church service this evening and then reading our Bible story and placing our first ornament on our Lent tree. I am so excited :)!