Years ago, I correspondence sponsored a girl in Kenya through Compassion International. At the time, I couldn’t afford a sponsorship, but I still wanted to help. I fell in love with getting letters from a 9 year old girl on the other side of the world. I couldn’t believe they were filled with so much love for me. I hoped that I was able to show that much love in my letters. We wrote for a few years, before she left the program. As sad as I was, I was so busy with grad school at the time that I decided to wait some time before I started with another child, to be fair.
As more time passed, I kind of forgot. But recently after attending a Toby Mac concert and hearing him talk about it, the burning desire to sponsor a child was pushed back into the forefront of my heart. As a teacher I don’t make a ton of money, but by having a full-time job, I still have the ability to be a sponsor. I went on World Vision’s website. I work with young children, typically preschoolers, but right now I am working with kindergarteners, so I wanted someone around that age. Then I thought of those kindergarteners I work with in the morning, whose families are all from Mexico. I thought of all the children who are stuck in Mexico in poverty, and I started searching for children around that age in Mexico. I prayed a lot. When Maria’s picture popped up for the 3rd time as I was searching through (World Vision only shows you one child at a time), I knew that was my answer. Her face was so full of innocence. A bit unsure, but hopeful. I watched her video. Most of the other children her age stood next to their mothers in the video while they talked, but Maria sat there in a chair by herself and talked on her own while she played with her dress. I couldn’t understand all of what she was saying, but I loved this little girl for being brave enough to talk for herself.
Maria, mi amor, I love you so much already. I think about you and your family daily, not just when I’m praying for you. I can’t wait for you to get the letters I’ve sent, and I can’t wait until I get my first letter from you!