I thought 12 kids to pack for was a lot… but then it turned into 13. Helen has been waiting for a sponsor through Manna 4 Lempira for a few months. I remembered her from her photos even before she needed a photo, and loved her joyful smile. I’d been watching and praying, hoping she’d find somebody soon. I actually figured if I sponsored a 13th child, it would be during or shortly after the trip.
But then, there was a post featuring Helen on the Manna page, and I kept thinking about her. I figured she’d be sponsored right away though. But she wasn’t, and the following day there was another post, this one with more detail, all of which described everything I adore in a child.
“Spunky Helen is a delight. She is a 100% at whatever she does. She is a hilarious mix of wild child and sweetheart, and you never know exactly what to expect. Her smile can light up a room, and giggles are never far from her lips. If you hope to sponsor a perfectly obedient child, well, Helen may not be the child for you—but if you hope to sponsor a child who is hungry to receive love and affection and then return it tenfold, Helen is your girl!”
Now, all of this was going on while I was out of state and very distracted and busy, but I still could not stop thinking about Helen. I told myself after a certain time, if she wasn’t sponsored, I’d ask about her. I ended up waiting even an hour or two after that. The rest unfolded in only a way that could have been meant to be, and now Helen is my newest sponsored child. I’m thrilled to be visiting her and loving on her!
I can’t wait to hear that giggle in person. And this last picture is when she was told I’d be visiting next week!
While I was recovering from my tonsillectomy, I spent time looking at the children waiting for sponsors on Compassion’s website. However when I saw Serkalem, I immediately sponsored her. I could feel in my heart God’s words saying “wrap her in love”, and I knew this is what He was calling me to do. Serkalem, who is from Ethiopia, lost both of her parents and lives with a foster parent, which is hopefully a good home for her, but you never know. I do know her performance in school is listed as below average, and the average income in her community is only $23 a month. At 11, she’s clearly had a very difficult life so far. Her current and previous pictures are impossible not to fall in love with. I’m honored to be called to wrap Serkalem in love!
I had been hoping to have a Compassion child in Thailand for awhile. Finally, I decided to make a specific request for a correspondent from Thailand. Usually all of my correspondent requests don’t have any stipulations, but I was glad I made this one, because several months later, Surachet arrived on my account! He is 8 years old and from the Karen tribe. He lives in a very small community where the average income is only $78 a month and there are not enough schools. Surachet does attend school at least, though, which is great. He likes hide and seek, marbles, and running and walking. I can’t wait to hear from him!
It feels only right to introduce these two together, since they came to me at the very same time, and I’m pretty sure they’re related. Nathalie and Dimanche both attend the same center in Burkina Faso and both have the same last name. They do have different caregiver’s names listed, though, so maybe their cousins? It was a great surprise to see these two little cuties. With their double addition, Burkina Faso suddenly jumped to the country I have the most Compassion children in. I’m looking forward into learning more about this country to know more about my girls there, as well as hearing from Nathalie and Dimanche! Letters to and from Burkina Faso seem to move really slowly through translation, so it may be awhile, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
Nathalie, age 5:
Dimanche, age 4:
At the end of April, I received a new correspondent child, Marco. I love Colombia and really hope to visit there one year, so I was excited to see that that’s where he is from. Marco’s community needs safe water, and the average monthly income is only $77, which really high unemployment rates. He enjoys learning at the project, bicycling, and soccer. Marco is 6 years old. I’m looking forward to getting to know him!
Last week I received a new correspondent from Indonesia! Yohanes makes my 6th 14 year old. I love all of my 14 year olds, so I’m excited to have another teen to write to. That is going to be a busy year for graduations, though!
Here is Yohanes’ current photo:
And his two previous photos:
I’m glad he looks happier in his latest photo! Yohanes is from the Papua region of Indonesia, the western half of the island shared with New Guinea. I’m excited to learn more about his culture and customs, since it’s a very interesting area!
Deciding between two sponsorship trips is a very difficult task, because it’s like choosing between your children. To have to say no to some, even if they won’t know it, feels awful. That’s why it took me so long to decide between going with Compassion to El Salvador or with Manna 4 Lempira to Honduras this summer. In addition, because they’re two different organizations, there were other factors, like the fact that I’ve traveled with Compassion before and know what to expect, or the fact that the Honduras trip is a little longer and a little less money. After a lot of praying, weighing pros and cons, and asking some questions about the Honduras trip, I was leaning strongly in that direction. Then, last week, I received the sign I had been praying for all along. In circumstances that only God could have orchestrated, the opportunity to add little Angie to my Honduran sponsored family arose.
I knew it was God saying that I needed to go there and meet her… along with my 11 other Manna children in Honduras. To be able to meet so many of the children I love so much and have dreamt about giving hugs to in person is an excitement that’s hard to even describe! I’m praying that everything continues to work out and that it will soon be official that I will be traveling to rural Honduras in June!