Today is day #4 in a ten-day series showcasing three precious children who are waiting for a sponsor through Compassion International.
Yesterday, we met a soccer-loving seven-year-old named Egi who sleeps under a tin roof on one of the largest islands in Indonesia. (Click here to see his post!)
I love this quote by former president Nelson Mandela because it strips away any illusion that peace and security will come about naturally, all on its own.
“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free from violence and fear.”– Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Every human is bent from birth toward evil and selfishness. It is the law of entropy, if you will–we will become worse, not better, if we simply follow our desires.
Because of this fact, no society will become–or remain–safe and good without the strenuous efforts and thoughtful actions of men and women willing to put aside their own love of comfort and ease for the sake of those who are poor and oppressed.
Compassion International is one amazing channel through which collective consensus and personal investment are making a difference.
Wherever they operate, Compassion partners with local churches to provide critical resources to children and their families. Each child in the program is personally connected to a sponsor–a normal somebody who commits to investing in that child. This helps Compassion provide that child with medical care, food, tutoring, educational opportunities, and mentoring.
Today, meet Yegele!
Yegele has a much more worried look than a typical five year old should have.
She lives in an area of Ethiopia heavily affected by HIV and AIDS. Other common health problems include tuberculosis and parasitic diseases.
The city where she lives is large, with over 130,000 residents. The community has many modern amenities such as running water, electricity, telephone services and health centers, but sorely lacks schools, employment centers, and educational opportunities.
At the kindergarten she attends, Yegele loves to play house, and other group games with her friends. Yegele lives with her mother and one sibling, but there was no mention of her father on the profile card. The cryptic notes say her mom is sometimes employed as a day laborer, and most likely earns around $20 per month.
As I have prayed for Yegele this week, my thoughts kept drifting to her mom. What is her story? I wonder what hopes fill her mind in the middle of the night for Yegele and her other child. Did she do Yegele’s hair and help her pick out that white outfit for the picture taken at the development center?
I want to support Yegele!
Great! Yegele’s starter packet is currently displayed in the lobby of Fellowship Church in College Station. If you live here in town, just stop by during office hours to pick it up. Please mail in the sponsorship information by September 30.
If you live out of town, no worries! Just email me at cherise.castille[at]gmail[dot]com to send me your mailing address, and I will be happy to mail your packet to you.
I can’t sponsor right now, but how can I help?
Pray for Yegele. This moment, if you can. Pray that God will give her a sponsor soon. Pray for her health, Pray that she will be protected from abuse and disease. Pray for her family, her education, and her development. Most of all, pray that she will know God’s love and give her life to him as her savior, letting him transform her from the inside out.
Share this post! You never know whether your random Facebook friend is the one who is meant to build a life-long relationship with Yegele through sponsorship.
Be an advocate.
Compassion International needs our voices to connect thousands of children just like Yegele with people who have the funds and willingness to be their sponsors. Click here for more information.
Just joining the conversation? Welcome! Here are links to the previous posts:
Compassion part 1: When you can’t feed 100 children
Compassion part 2: Meet the kids!
Compassion part 3: Egi