I am so excited to share this with you! I can't believe that I am lucky enough to be able to write to these girls and to encourage them in their lives and in their faith. Such a blessing! After I decided that I would definitely be sponsoring with Compassion UK I was ready to just jump right in! Then came the hard part of actually choosing a child. I felt drawn to sponsoring a girl which narrowed it down a little but still left a lot of children! I decided scroll through the pictures and see which called to me. I was sure that I would get guidance in this too! After a while I had narrowed it down to ten .... then with prayer to two .... then with tears to one. Oh but it broke my heart to leave the other little girl behind!
I knew I could afford to sponsor one but doubling that amount to pay for two was a big commitment. I just cried and prayed and my eyes were drawn to a pile of magazines in my room. Magazines that I subscribed to and .... embarrassingly some that I merely flicked though each month and yet kept up the subscription. That was my sign! I realised that if I cancelled those subscriptions which suddenly appeared so frivolous and wasteful, I could sponsor a second child!
Meet Jenifer! She is 6 years old and lives in Indonesia. She lives with her parents and is an only child. She likes running and singing! She lives in a hillside community where most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of £45 per month.
This is Loani! She is 12 and likes playing with friends and reading. She lives with her parents and there are 5 children in the family. Her home is on the plains of Honduras. Most adults here work in factories and earn the equivalent of £100 per month.
Compassion works with children in a lot of different countries. Some people feel called to sponsor a child in a certain country, some choose a child whose age matches that of their own child to make it a family sponsorship, others, like me, choose the child that they are called towards.
It is a big responsibility and not one that I took lightly at all. A child can stay in the Compassion programme until they are 18 or 22 depending on when they graduate and how it works in their country so this is a long term commitment. As well as the sponsorship of £21 per month for each child there is also the opportunity to send money via Compassion to your child. You can give individual gifts for the child for their birthday and there is also an option to give a family gift. Between the financial side and the letter writing this is a very real commitment. There is a child who will be told that you are their sponsor. It is amazing how fast I fell in love with my girls. There was an immediate connection there!
I look forward to sharing more about my girls!