Today I get to introduce you to the third and final child in my packet from Compassion International!
In case you’re just now jumping into the conversation, let’s do a quick recap:
My husband and I each started supporting children through Compassion International before we were married. Those kids, who were both very little when we started, are now teenagers whose letters now move us to tears.
A few weeks ago, I received a packet containing the profiles of three precious children who are currently waiting for their own sponsors. My goal is to share their stories and photos with as many people as possible so that they can be connected with a sponsor too by September 30!
Compassion International operates on the principle that the most effective way to end poverty is to link individual children to individual sponsors, especially when it is integrated into a holistic approach to child development. To read more about their work, click here.
Today, meet Gregori!
His full name is Gregori David Quezada Pindato–a long name for such a little boy! He will turn four next month on October 27, and his favorite thing to do is to play with toy cars.
Born into a large family in the desert community of AA. HH. Rosa de Guadalupe in Peru, Gregori is at risk for poor nutrition and diseases such as dengue fever and colds. Homes in this area typically have dirt floors, walls made of cardboard or plywood, and tin roofs.
Right now, Gregori is too young for school, but without encouragement, it is likely that he will drop out of school to help support his family as a day laborer once he is old enough.
Once he is sponsored, Gregori will suddenly have access to Bible teaching, medical and opthalmological care, deworming, sports and games, tutoring, school supplies, and nutritious food. The center staff at Los Amigos de Jesus Student Center will also provide meetings, evangelism, educational movies and Bibles for his mother and father.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6
The fact that children are continually being born, growing, and becoming adults is a powerful constant. Once, we were children. Someday, the children being born today will take our place.
As a generation, the choices we make today will have a profound impact on the generation coming behind us. Will those future adults understand love and compassion? Will they have hope for the future, and concern for the helpless?
You may not feel like you have much to offer. I get that.
But sit and receive this truth: our Jesus is big enough.
The world is not too broken for His healing. And He invites you–yes you, the one who never received the right kind of love, the one who feels pulled in a thousand directions, the one who is struggling under the weight of student loans or depression or grief–to come along with Him as he pursues this world.
I want to support Gregori!
Great! Gregori’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 Gregori. Your prayers DO make a difference. Pray that God will give him a sponsor soon. Pray for his health, Pray that he will be protected from abuse and disease. Pray for his family, his education, and his development. Most of all, pray that he will know God’s love and give his life to him as his savior, letting him transform him 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 Gregori through sponsorship.
Be an advocate. Compassion International needs our voices to connect thousands of children just like Gregori, Yegele and Egi with people who have the funds and willingness to be their sponsors. Click here for more information.
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