Tomorrow morning (Sunday, Sept. 26th) I am going to speak at both services at my home church about Compassion International. I am not nervous about it. In fact, I enjoy public speaking. (I know, that's kind of odd!) However, as I was thinking about sharing my passion for Compassion I realized that in this little corner of the blogosphere I have a pretty good-sized audience to reach out to as well. (I just checked my stats and saw that I have between 2000-3000 page views a day!) So I've decided to open up a little more about my personal life and share with you about my experience with Compassion.
My family has sponsored a little boy in Honduras named Fernando for about a year now. It all started when my husband and I saw a Natalie Grant and Jeremy Camp concert last fall. I distinctly remember not feeling well during the concert........I was starting to come down with something. In fact, I think I may have been feverish. Anyway, during the break I snuck downstairs and headed straight for the Compassion table. I had been toying with the idea of sponsoring a child for several years and decided that I would just do it. We had gone to a MercyMe concert a few years before and thought about sponsoring a child through Compassion but felt we couldn't afford to do it at the time. I knew that our finances were not a whole lot better in terms of having more resources, but I just felt compelled to take the plunge. The cost is $38 per month. In no way are we affluent people. I am a preschool teacher in a private setting and my husband is a college professor. We drive used vehicles. My van has rust on the bottom of it and over 108,000 miles. I buy a lot of my clothes at Goodwill. Still, I can assure you that we do not miss the $38 per month. AT. ALL.
I chose Fernando's packet from the table because he is roughly the same age as my oldest son. We received a photo of him with some information about his living situation. To date we have received four letters from Fernando and just today I opened the mailbox to find an updated photo of him. We pray for him and his family and write letters to him. We will sponsor him until he reaches adulthood. And maybe someday we'll get to meet him. For now, we think of him as a part of our family. We feel blessed to have a "son" and "brother" somewhere else in the world. We are making a personal connection with him through our correspondence and his life and that of his family is better because of our sponsorship.
If you have any interest whatsoever in sponsoring a child through Compassion, I encourage you to click through the link in this post or to click on the link I've added to the right sidebar of the blog. You CAN make the difference in a child's life. And in return, your life will be changed.