In addition to our three girls sponsored through Compassion, I am also a correspondent sponsor to 12 wonderful kids from all over the world. One of them is Olivier. He lives in Haiti.
I have found that during my prayer time as I’m praying for our kids that sometimes a very specific thought will come to mind. Perhaps it will be that God provides a job for a parent, heals an illness, or provides protection during a storm. It might seem quite random, but I trust that God is speaking though His Spirit and I will pray for that child and that specific circumstance. Several months ago when I was praying for Olivier I felt that I needed to send him some money. Since he is one of my correspondent children that I do not typically send monetary gifts to it would require a phone call and special arrangements. However I felt so strongly compelled to send him $30 and I knew I needed to follow through. During this time the word “shoes” kept coming to mind over and over. Maybe Olivier needed shoes. Perhaps he had another need. All I know was that I knew I was supposed to act. So I made the call and sent $30 to Olivier.
I thought about it in the weeks and months that followed, but it was just an occasional thought. I received a letter or two from Olivier after that. He was doing well and his letters always brought a smile to my face. A week ago I logged into my account to see that a new letter had been received from Olivier. He greeted me warmly, told me about his school and friends, said he was praying for me and then I read this…
“He thanks you for the gift that you sent to him and he bought shoes with it”
My eyes filled with tears. My husband saw me and asked if I was “OK”. “I’ll tell you in a minute.” I asked him if he remembered about the money I had sent to Olivier. He did. “Well, he bought shoes!” I had to laugh through the tears. Of course he bought shoes…I should have expected nothing less.
There is no denying that God is always at work. Even when we can’t see it or feel it. That doesn’t change the fact that He is ALWAYS at work. What amazes me is He invites to join Him in his work. We get to be a part of God’s incredible plan. Do you know what is even more amazing? That sometimes He gives us a glimpse into what He is doing and He makes in blatantly clear how we got to be a part of it.
I have to believe that for each time this happens there were countless times that God’s divine hand was working out miracles and we just didn’t get to see all the details.
That’s one of the beautiful things about being a sponsor. I know that I get to be a part of God’s plan for these children’s lives. I may not always get to see every detail playing out, but I’m confident in the fact that God is using my meager offerings of money, prayer, and letters of encouragement to change lives for His glory.
To learn more about sponsoring a child through compassion visit www.compassion.com