Saturday, September 29, 2012

Will You Say 'Yes'?

Hello, my name is Daly.  I live in the beautiful country of Ecuador.  I'm 5 years old and live with my parents and siblings in the mountains near Riobamba.  I guess if you're looking at my picture, you're probably considering becoming my new sponsor.  What can I do to help you say 'yes'?  Can I tell you that my family only makes about $150.00 a month?  Can I tell you that malnutrition and parasites are big health problems where I live?  Can I tell you I like to play with dolls but don't have one of my own?  Will those things help you say 'yes'?  Would it help if I said that I love going to the Hogar Feliz student center?  Would it help if I told you I am getting help with my school work? I am in kindergarten, you know. Would it make a difference if I said I am able to get a good healthy meal at the center?  Would it matter if told you I can get medical screening and help if I need it? Would you say 'yes' if I told you that I am learning a lot about Jesus and what He did for me to save me from my own sin?  What do you need to make that decision?  What do you need to know in order to love me?

Daly is a real child in need of a sponsor.  She has been on my heart and while these are only words I believe she would say, they are just that-words. Daly needs action.  She needs someone to love her and give her hope of a brighter future.  I have been to Ecuador and the children there are simply amazing.  Will you pray about becoming a sponsor for Daly or a child like her? You CAN make a difference.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pinning For Compassion

Ok, so I've never gotten into the whole Pinterest thing...but I'd do just about anything for Compassion. SO when Compassion announced a new contest where my sponsored child could get an extra monetary gift, I signed right up!

Check out my Pinterst Board for Compassion and enjoy some of my favorite photographs with my sponsored girls in Ecuador! If you have a mind, please repin to help out my children!

If you sponsor a child, you can sign up for the contest too! It's quite easy and certainly for a good cause-YOUR sponsored child!

Click HERE for the rules and start pinning for Compassion!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Letters to God

Many of us have seen the movie, or at least the previews of, "Letters to God."  The movie features a child fighting cancer who writes letters to God that leaves the mail man baffled about what to do with them.  Have you ever wondered what a Compassion child would write in a letter to God?  Here are some possible letters that sponsored and unsponsored children might write to God.

Dear God,
Why don't I have a sponsor yet?  It feels like it's taking forever.  My friends didn't have to wait this long! Am I not pretty enough? Not smart enough?  Please give me a sponsor soon!
Nelida, age 7, Bolivia

Dear God,
Thank you for giving me a sponsor! I'm not really sure what it means, but my parents are VERY excited.  Mom even cried!  I guess I'll be getting letters like my sister does, so that could be neat.
Aldubi, age 5, Honduras

Dear God,
Thank you for my sponsor.  She writes a lot of letters to me and sends me photos.  It actually snows where she lives!  I'm so happy she writes a lot.  Please bless her and make her as happy as I am!
Ingrid, age 7, Peru

Dear God,
Why doesn't my sponsor write to me?  I don't understand, my brother gets letters all the time, my friends do too.  I guess I'm not loveable.  Maybe everyone is right, I'm just not worth the trouble.
Kakooza, age 16, Uganda

Dear God,
Please help my sponsor's Grandma to get well.  I know my sponsor is sad because her Grandma is sick.  Please make her well so my sponsor will be happy again.
Karelia, age 13, Nicaragua 

Dear God, 
Why did my sponsor go away?  I miss her letters.  She was really pretty.  Did I do something that she doesn't love me anymore?
Angelica, age 6, Philippines 

Dear God,
I am soooooooooooo happy! My sponsor is coming to visit me!  I ACTUALLY get to meet him.  IN PERSON!  This is going to be the best day EVER!  I even get to stay in a hotel! Thank you God!
Dilan, age 8, Ecuador

Dear God,
Thanks you for the blessing of my sponsor over the years.  He always believed in me and told me I could make a difference.  I hope we can stay in touch even after I graduate.  Maybe I'll even try the LDP program.
Uli, age 18, Indonesia

While these letters are fictitious, simply the musings of one sponsor, the faces are not. These are real children waiting for someone just like you to love them and give them a reason to write letters of joy and thankfulness to God.

Sponsor a Child Today

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Experiencing Ecuador-A Moment Felt 'Round the World

The most asked question I've gotten about in the past few days, besides "How was your trip?" has been "Did you get to meet the girls you sponsor?"  My obvious answer is "DUH! That's why I went!" But, of course, that's not very polite. So I typically tell the story of my first meeting with my beautiful Dayana.

Isn't that a smile that just melts your heart?  She certainly melts mine!  The night we first met our sponsored children was a dinner party thrown in their honor.  Sponsors were called up to the stage and the children were announced from the side entrance and we met in the middle.  Dayana was the first child to be announced and she came running, full speed toward me and gave me the biggest hug I have ever received.  I spun her around and with tears in her eyes, she simply held on and did not want to let go!  This moment will be forever etched in my memory as one of the greatest moments of my life. The rest of the night she kept squeezing my hand and smiling at me as if she was afraid she would wake up from a dream. Nothing compares to the love of a child!

Do you have room in your heart for the love of a child like Dayana?  There are hundreds of children just like her waiting for someone just like you to show them a little love.  Will you at least take a look at these beautiful children?  Give them, and yourself, a chance for a love of a life time!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Experiencing Ecuador-No Greater Love

Wow, I can't believe I've been home from Ecuador for four days already! It's been crazy on the personal side, but I'm here now to begin sharing the stories of an amazing group of people. With so much to tell, I'm not sure where to start, so I guess I'll just start at the beginning with a special experience from Day 1 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador at Center EC594.

We visited EC594 to learn about the Child Survival Program Compassion provides for children pre-birth to three years old. Looking over the sea of mamas and babies, one person stuck out-a young man.  I simply thought he was a father joining the party until my Family Group took a visit to his home.  

David (right) is 21 years old.  He told us about his sister who had four children and ran away leaving them all (ages 2-15 years) in the care of their mother and other sister.  Unfortunately, David's sister and mother passed away within a few months of each other causing the four boys to be split up.  David is caring for 2 year, 4 month old Derek (bottom center) who is part of Compassion's Child Survival Program. He is also helping with the other three children, including 9 year old Segundo (wearing yellow). David has trouble finding work and is trying his best to be both mother and father to young Derek. The pastor of EC594 (left) told us he is often concerned whether they get enough to eat and does as much as he can to help them out.

I was blown away by the amazing commitment David has for his nephews and I believe God has an amazing plan for this family.

(Family Group 1 with David, Derek, Segundo, and a few friends)