There are days and months when it seems like financially we make no forward progress. We are not incurring new debt in regards to credit cards or loans but we have had to bring in Ella once to the ER (she’s tip top now) and today to Urgent Care for a corneal abrasion (aka scratch on her eye). It can feel defeating.
Then I get a letter. A letter from our Compassion Sponsered child, Erick, who lives in a region in Kenya. Erick lives in an area that experiences higher incidents of child rights violations. These violations include child prostitution, child trafficking, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, harmful child labor, early marriages and harmful cultural practices.
Because of our sponsorship of $38 a month, Erick was able to go to the dentist. Here are a few things he told us about his visit: He traveled by foot with his mother. He was scared. The dentist taught him to brush his teeth twice a day. Simple enough, right? Yet without our families support, he may never have been. He has also been to the doctor. Laura, our sponsored child in Columbia, was able to obtain medicine and treatment in a clinic for Influenza because of our sponsorship. In the U.S. we are wealthy. Yes, we can live paycheck to paycheck. However, we receive a paycheck. The rest of Erick’s letter described how he prayed for us, and then thanked us for the $20 he received from his birthday (he also turned 4). He used this to buy shoes, food, and a birthday cake to share with his friends. HEARTBREAKING isn’t it? I do not think Shawn and I go overboard for the kid’s birthdays but we spend more then 3x that amount on each child and that’s for food/favors/decorations. This doesn’t include toys for them. Plus the multitude of clothes, toys, books, games etc. that they received from friends and family and it brings me back to that little boy and HIS mama. What she probably would give to throw him parties like we do. How ridiculous we Americans must appear to these nations when Erick’s family struggles just to keep hims safe, put food on the table and give him a chance to escape poverty.
That is why we sponsor 2 children from Compassion. Our intention is to sponsor 4. One for each of our children. Eventually, Shawn and I know that we are called to care for orphans but we can help God’s kingdom today by providing for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Please, consider helping a child not become another statistic. Prevent them from dying from preventable disease that we never even worry about. Our country has an epidemic of obesity and these children are slowly wasting away from malnutrition or no nutrition. Will you consider helping one today?
What is preventing you for helping a child like Erick and Laura? What are you willing to give up to give a child a future?