I thought of my nine year old--sweet, thoughtful, and gangly.
Her name was Esther, and she was 9. Her face attracted me. She seemed sweet, and thoughtful. She was also gangly. I was able to read that she lived with her grandmother, and that she was responsible for carrying water and running errands. When I read that she had been waiting for a sponsor for six months, that sealed the deal for me. How could I resist helping this child?
I clicked the button "Sponsor this child". This is a real child! And I get to help her!
I immediately began to pray for this sweet child. And her name and face had already captured my heart. I wondered if I would ever get to go to Uganda and meet this precious child asAnn did. Oh how I would love that!
My heart swelled with love for her because I got to choose her! What a gift!
I then remembered my devotion this morning...words from Spurgeon:
"He chose them and set His love on them. He did this altogether apart from any goodness in them at the time, or any goodness that He foresaw in the. He had mercy on whom He would have mercy and ordained a chosen company unto eternal life; therefore, they are His by His unconstrained election. They are His not only by choice, but by purchase. He has bought and paid for them to the last cent; hence, there can be no dispute about His title. The Lord's portion has been fully redeemed, "not...with corruptible things, as silver and gold...but with the precious blood of Christ" (I Peter 1: 18-19)
Can you choose a child today? Can you make a difference in a child's life? Not knowing them, or knowing how they are? But where they are...right now? Compassion's website says, "Children in poverty are susceptible to believing poverty's darkest message: "You don't matter." Your prayers and letters help your child know that they matter to at least one adult--you."
I've added a button on my sidebar where all you have to do is choose and click your child. The process is so simple, but the action is not. Please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International. It's a wonderful gift to give to someone, as well as a wonderful gift for the sponsored child.