When my husband and I got married he already had a sponsored child, so I kinda inherited him. At first I didn’t really do much, because I had not been involved since the beginning. But eventually I looked forward to his letters and drawings and his yearly update. I remember receiving his first yearly update after we were married. I had checked the mailbox before my husband got home from work and I was so excited to find the Compassion envelope among the pile. I quickly opened it up to read all about his year, grades in school and see his new picture. It was then that I fell completely in love with him and children in poverty (as if I needed more help with compassion towards children). I burst into tears and could not even contain myself – it was rather embarrassing actually.
You see…the picture showed our little Samuel outside his school where they always take their pictures wearing raggedy pants and a girls nightgown for a top. I was absolutely beside myself!! I couldn’t understand why he was wearing a girls top, let alone a nightgown. I just wanted to hop on a plane and go pick him up and bring him home with me. I imagine the raging hormones of a 6-month pregnant woman had something to do with the emotions, but they were so real. I cried for days over that picture. Finally my husband had to hide it from me until my pregnancy hormones settled a bit. That was 9 years ago!!!
Samuel is a part of our family. We talk about him with our kids, especially when we get new letters and pictures. We love to send him letters and pictures of our family too. We homeschool, so we have used this as an opportunity to show our children how to love and care for those across the world who cannot care for themselves.
Our time with Samuel is very nearly coming to an end (in the next few years) and we’ve already talked about taking on a new child when that happens. I always thought having a Compassion child would just be something I could do for them – not something they could do for me. Although I cannot travel overseas, sponsorship has so completely opened my eyes to a whole new world…a new relationship that I never knew existed.
Although this journey began because I married the Hubster, it has continued because of God’s work in my life. The Bible says “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27 ESV). It is not that this is the reason to sponsor a child like Samuel, for we cannot create this undefiled religion ourselves. However, when we begin to see God developing this desire within us, to be what he wants us to be, then we should expect the care of the helpless to be a fruit of what He is doing. In that we can rejoice in what God has done and in his promise, that “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matt 10:42 ESV)
Over the last 9 years I have fallen in love with Samuel. I have never met him – and likely never will – but he is a part of me…a part of my family. So, if you think that just giving some money to a child 1/2 a world away from you can’t change you – you’d be wrong! I hope you will take some time to pray about sponsoring your own child. A child you can help not only be fed physically, but fed spiritually by the Christian teachers at the school he/she would attend. There are so many that need help and need the saving grace of Jesus. Will you be the one?
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