We provided a community meal where all the children came with family. Over 800!! With 1 goat killed. :)
Smiles and laughs from the children could melt a heart of stone.
I met Loth there.
He immediately began a conversation with me. Wanting to know all about how I lived and telling me about his life. I only found out later that he was one of only a very few that Compassion chooses out of each school to do special follow up on every year. To get an idea of how the school is doing. (So that's what the white men were there for as we were leaving.) He wants to be a pilot. I bet he will be. He emails me and tells me that he is in upper level of school and no longer with a sponsor as he is too old. But that what it gave him can't be measured.
Because of our visit I came home with a heart wanting our own children to love and encourage. We picked 2. One lives not far from where we visited. A friend we met has even offered to visit him to see how he is in person. The other lives in Kenya and just informed us that she is able to sleep without getting wet during rainy season because they were able to buy tin for their roof. That is such encouragement for us. To know that the God of the universe allows us to be part of His work and to show His love to others, when we do it in His name.
We have found that Compassion International compassion.com is trustworthy and accountable.
I know there are children here in our own country who need the same things these children do. And I am in no way saying we should ignore that. I am saying that we can add to what we do here. After all, we all live on the same planet. We all need love and encouragement. We all need to know that someone, somewhere cares.
| A recent independent study reveals that child sponsorship really works!|
Dr. Bruce Wydick, a professor of Economics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, set out to explore if child sponsorship really works. After interviewing more than 1,800 formerly sponsored Compassion children, he found that: