The purpose of this blog sequence is to have a discussion about compassion in a hurting world, and to introduce all of you to three very special children.
Each one of these kids has a story. Each of them hails from a different continent. Each one is waiting anxiously for someone to say “I choose you.”
Yesterday, I kicked off the conversation by teasing you with little glimpses of the kids’ profiles (so mean, I know!), and telling a little bit of what it has been like for my husband and I to sponsor kids through Compassion International. To catch up on what you missed, click here!
I know you’ve all been dying to see the faces of the three kids in my packet, so without further ado, meet Egi, Yegele, and Gregori.
Egi – age 7
“There are no greater miracles than those when lives are transformed” – Unknown
Yegele – age 5
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” – Jesus (Matthew 10:42)
Gregori – age 3 1/2
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Thirty-eight dollars is a small thing for many of us. It is a blouse. A dinner out. A gym membership.
For thirty-eight dollars a month, children sponsored through Compassion are nurtured, given nutrition and medical attention, and hear about the love of Jesus. As they grow, they receive educational opportunities, love from the development center staff, and leadership training that will set them on a track to become mature, self-sufficient adults.
Thirty-eight dollars may seem like pocket change, or maybe it represents a true sacrifice. But to a single mom hoping for a better life for her son, it is a miracle. It is a way to break free from a cycle of malnutrition, illiteracy, and hopelessness.
Sponsorship involves money, but it is far more than just throwing cash at a faraway project. It is relationship. You will write letters to your child which, for many sponsored kids, are their most precious possessions. You will receive letters. You will watch them get taller and see their handwriting improve over the years. Many sponsors even get the chance to visit their sponsored kids!
One thing is certain–both you and the child you love in this way will never be the same.
Sounds great! How do I sponsor one of them?
For the next two weeks, you will not be able to find any of these children on Compassion’s website. They were temporarily removed so that I could personally connect someone (maybe you?) with each child.
Starting today (Tuesday), the three starter packets will be displayed in the lobby of the Fellowship Church office in College Station. (Click here for directions.) You can either:
- Run to the church office in a mad dash to beat everyone else to pick up a packet (Actually, you can drive normally. Car wrecks = not good.), OR
- Email me at cherise.castille[at]gmail[dot]com. If you live out of town, just give me your address and I will be more than happy to pop your child’s packet in the mail to you.