“And whoever welcomes a little child like this my name welcomes me.”
Matthew 18:5

A speaker came to my university a few years ago where he gave an incredibly moving speech about love and giving. He was there on behalf of Compassion, a “Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.” They are a Better Business Bureau accredited charity that uses only a minimal amount of their total funds for administrative costs.

After hearing the speaker, students crowded around tables and found children from all over the world to sponsor. I went home and signed up online where I found a child to sponsor from my home country, the Philippines.

His mother and I would write each other letters back and forth. I was also able to send money for birthday and Christmas presents. I even got to meet him and his family when I went to visit the Philippines with my parents and sister two years ago after not having been there for 15 years. We were able to get something to eat together, buy presents for the children in their family, and look at his progress reports from school. The meeting coordinator from the program even had a log of the financial gifts I had sent with all the items my sponsor child was able to purchase with them. Also, it turned out, my sponsor child’s dad had once been employed by my dad’s cousin who was also my godfather. It was a great experience.

The program coordinator and my sponsor family. I’m the tallest one in yellow.
We’re hanging out at the mall, which is a popular past time in the Philippines. They have 3 of the world’s 10 largest shopping malls!

Sadly, my sponsor child had to leave the program recently due to family circumstances that moved him away from the program center. I was given the option to continue my sponsorship with a new child in need of a sponsor, so my husband and I decided to do so. Even though I look forward to getting to know this new child and her family, I worry about my other sponsor family. They are in my prayers.

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  1. That is so sweet! I've sponsored a child through compassion before, too, it was so neat. How wonderful that you got to meet the family!