Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An End and a Beginning

A few weeks ago we received a letter in the mail. It informed us that one of our Compassion kids is leaving the program and no longer needs a sponsor. They told us this is common for older kids. She is 16 and we have been exchanging letters for close to ten years. We had met face to face in the heat of El Salvador two years ago.

Now she is moving on. We will probably never have contact with her again, but our prayers will follow her wherever she goes. There is a little sadness, and a lot of thankfulness that we were given the chance to partner with God and play a small role in the life of a girl in El Salvador. I am trusting He used our sponsorship in Yesenia's life. I know He used it in ours.

And now we get to do it again. Only this time, we want to share the experience with our daughter.

The pictures of the children we sponsor are on our refrigerator. Our kids see their faces on a daily basis. Sometimes they read the letters we get, but it is really more our project than theirs. Mya is old enough for that to change.

The next child we sponsor will give Mya the opportunity to get involved. I hope the process will help broaden her world, so she can see a little more tangibly what life looks like in another part of the world, and that it will continue to grow in her a heart of compassion.

So, we are saying hello to Lebene. Lebene lives in Ethiopia. She is five years old and we are her sponsors. Mya chose her and will be the one writing her letters. I hope they will be friends.

Dear Lebene,
Hi. I'm Mya, my parents and I are your sponsors. I have one sister and three brothers. My sister's name is Suhn. My brothers names are Simon, Jonah and Sean. Simon and Jonah are twins. My parents are Megan and Kory. I am getting ready for school next week. I love to swim. We will pray for you and your family. We are so excited to be your sponsors. We love you.
Love, Mya

And so it begins. We get to partner once again with God's work, playing a small role in the life of a very special little girl living in Ethiopia.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child or learning more about Compassion please click here.

*On another note, THANK YOU for your comments and ideas on my last post. One of the things I love about blogging is the sharing of ideas and you all had great ones! Thanks for sharing!!!


Marla Taviano said...

Hi, Megs! Nice to meet you! (you said maybe we've met before?) I'm sooo excited that you're joining our Radical Read-Along! It's going to be amazing!!

Jill Foley said...

Awesome...I've started getting my girls involved and they are 5 and 3. I leave on Friday to go to Peru to meet two of our kids - one is 10 and one is an LDP student.