Builder and I have been Compassion sponsors for about 20 years, but in the fall of 2010, we made it a family ministry thing. Together with our youngest 3 children, we gathered around the computer and sponsored Lesbia Herlinda and Bryan Marcello, who both live in Guatemala.
In the months that followed, our daughters wrote letters, drew pictures and folded origami to slip into envelopes each month to send to Lesbia and Bryan. We spent time learning about Guatemala, had meals of the same limited ingredients Lesbia and Bryan might be eating for dinner.
And we prayed. This is where I heard what it means to our daughters to be a part of this ministry with us. When you hear your children pray, you get to hear what is on their hearts. It is powerful to hear them say, “Please let Bryan have enough to eat tonight.” “Please help Lesbia do well in school.” “Please protect them from the gangs.”
Personally, I have a gained greater awareness of the particular dangers children growing up in extreme poverty face in daily life. My prayers have become more specific and urgent. The words I write in the letters are to extend hope and to tell each of these children how precious they are to God, and to me, a mother far away.
As you can see, the benefits of sponsorship through Compassion International are not one sided. As we seek to share God’s love in with these children through $38 a month, prayer and letters, His transforming work continues in us and we are given the opportunity to grow in grace and understanding.
Over the years of sponsoring as a family, the ministry has grown and each person in the family has shaped their own perspective and way of participating. Other door have opened and a tremendous joy is in me as I see my children grow up with ideas and hopes in the world, and closer to home.
Will you consider joining us, and sponsor a child today?