February 13, 2008
Ten years ago…a decade. I was still in my 30’s. We had a 5th grader and a spunky little 2-year old girl. Now that 5th grader is a 20-year-old man and the 2-year old is now a spunky middle schooler. On this day a decade ago we made a family decision that would change my life. After years of sporadically talking about how child sponsorship would be a good idea someday, our family sat down in front of the computer and choose a child to sponsor. We choose Mwajuma, a 9-year old girl from Tanzania with slouchy socks.
We began a correspondence with this beautiful little African girl. I got to know her little by little through her letters. Our sponsorship gave her educational assistance, medical screenings, nutritious food, and care from a loving project staff who invested in her life and shared the love of Jesus with her. Little by little God began working in my heart. My heart softened toward the plight of the poor. I began to see more and more how much compassion and love God has for those who are hurting and needy. I more clearly noticed the very clear commands in His Word to care for the poor. Did this happen overnight? No, it is a gradual working. One that continues today.
Four years later we added to our Compassion family and began sponsoring Wannaporn in Thailand. In 2013 I took steps to become an advocate for Compassion. I started volunteering at Compassion sponsored events. The first Compassion Sunday was held at our church and many of our friends began their sponsorship journeys.
It was around this time that God gave me the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to meet Mwajuma. It was a life-changing journey to the other side of the world. The face that I had only seen in photographs became a living breathing human being right in front of me. I also got to see firsthand the incredible work of the staff at Compassion projects. It further solidified what I already knew. Sponsorship changes lives.
In the years since that trip, Mwajuma has grown up and aged out of the project. We have sponsored two other beautiful girls. I became a correspondent sponsor and write to kids who are financially sponsored but need someone who will send regular letters. These 12 precious kids are from all over the globe. To get to know them over the years has been a joy!
My life has changed. My perspective on what I have has shifted. My children have had the world opened up to them. It all began with that one small step 10 years ago. It was a decision that we have never regretted.
There are thousands of children waiting for a loving sponsor…just like Mwajuma was a decade ago. They are waiting for you. You may not be able to change the entire world, but you change the world for one special child. Would you like to know more? Visit my Compassion sponsorship page for more information or to find a child who needs you.