Sunday, June 23, 2013

~The Gift of Sponsorship~

A few months ago, I felt the Lord calling me to become a sponsor! My family has sponsored a Guatemalan girl ever since I was a child, but I never thought God would be encouraging me to sponsor as well, at least not yet. After all, I'm only 15... how could I afford to sponsor without a regular income? After months of prayer and research about Compassion International, a wonderful Christian ministry, I couldn't deny how heavily my heart longed to sponsor, to develop a relationship with a child in need, to share with someone that there is hope and peace in the name of Jesus. I knew that this was God's will; there had been so many signs, through testimonies of other sponsors and Compassion videos of sponsored children that brought me to tears.
I began sponsoring Gloria in April. She is 16 years old and lives in an area of Colombia with a higher risk of exploitation and abuse. She lives with her mother who is employed, her father who is sometimes employed, sister, two brothers, and two cousins. 
After I sponsored Gloria, I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would sponsor another child. I had to earn babysitting money to save for future trips and internships, and knit scarves for my trip to Cambodia, right? The thought never even crossed my mind to sponsor two girls until a couple months after Gloria, when again, the Lord was speaking to me in ways that were beyond me. 

You see, as much as I try to plan what happens in S4S and life in general, the Lord always surprises me with ideas better than what I ever anticipate.

I realized that I do have enough, plenty actually. I have so much saved up in my bank account, enough already to pay for trips to Cambodia for the next three years of high school. I am continually adding money to those savings from babysitting as well. If I reach my goal of 70 scarves, I'll make at least $700, but usually more like $800-850 with generous donations. It costs $38 dollars per month for each girl, which adds up to approximately $1000 per year including Christmas and Birthday gifts. The money I lack from S4S sales, I will pay for with savings.  

So after weeks of prayer, God has led me to this humbling, beautiful place yet again; sponsorship. Maria is 15 years old, she lives in Honduras with her mother who is employed and her father who is sometimes employed, and she is one of 8 children, yes... 8! I felt the Lord calling me to sponsor her as I prayed for another child because of her large family and because she lives in Honduras, one of the most dangerous country's in the world according to homicide rates. I felt she needed prayer, love, support, and assurance that the Lord her God is with her always! 
She is beautiful, inside and out. She is precious in the eyes of Her Lord and in my eyes. I love her and Gloria, more than words can express! Thank you Lord for precious opportunities!
I will now be funding my mission trip to Cambodia with babysitting money, and using 100% of the proceeds of S4S to sponsor Gloria and Maria. 

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
~1 Timothy 4:12~

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If you have any more questions about sponsorship, please feel free to contact me or Compassion!

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