Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Proud Parent Pictures - Come Look!

Okay, so I tricked you a little. These aren't pictures of my biological children, but pictures of my Compassion International kids. We sponsor six of them - one financially and five as correspondence sponsors. What is a correspondence sponsor? A correspondence sponsor writes to kids who don't have any one else to write to them. Many times companies give large blocks of money to sponsor several children but, since no one person is actual their sponsor, the kids have no one that writes to them. Other times it's just individuals who want to sponsor a child, but for some reason can't write to the child themselves. That's where the correspondence sponsor comes in. As correspondence sponsors, we know that we aren't the financial sponsor, but the kids don't know that. They think we are the financial sponsor as well. Compassion doesn't tell them any differently because it would be too confusing to most of them.

It really doesn't matter if they are correspondence children or children that we financially support, we love them just the same. Recently we got updated pictures of three of our correspondence children. All three are very special to us in their own way. Let me tell you why...

Feyber wasn't the first child that we sponsored, our special Marcelo from Bolivia was. However, Feyber was the first correspondence child that we received so he is very dear to our hearts. He is from Colombia and we have been sponsoring him for almost three years now. He is a fantastic boy who has to put up with a bunch of sisters and no brothers! His birthday is just five days after our oldest son's birthday. And I mean just five days! They are five days apart in age. Please pray for Feyber and his family.
Although Somi is our third Compassion child, he is the first one from a non South American country so he is very special to us as well. Somi is from Indonesia and lives in a remote village in a round hut with his family. It has been a real learning experience for the boys as we learn about how Somi lives. He is a very special boy and we are so proud of the way he prays and helps lead music in his Compassion project.
If you know the history of our sponsoring children with Compassion International, you may wonder why Yvone is special. After all, she is our six child and we already sponsor another child (Emmanuel) from Africa. However, if you really knew our history of sponsorship, you would know why Yvone is special. It's because she is our only girl. Yep! We have five boys and just one young lady - Yvone. When we first began to sponsor with Compassion, we chose boys because we have three boys of our own. Our boys have always been very active in writing to our sponsored children, reading their letters and studying where they are from so we picked boys because we thought they could relate to them. Finally we decided to sponsor a girl and God gave us Yvone. She is special and calls us her Father and Mother. We love our special girl from Rwanda.
It is so much fun sponsoring children with Compassion International. It is also exciting when we get updated pictures of them. We love seeing how much they have grown and changed in the two years since the last photograph was sent to us. Sponsoring is also special to us because we know that we are helping children that are far less fortunate than we will probably ever be. If you would like to sponsor a child with Compassion International just click here - www.compassion.com ad it will take you to the US Compassion International site. If you are not from the United States, there are directions on the US Compassion site on how to get to the Compassion site that services your area. Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. You won't regret it!

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