Hopes for the Future

We are so grateful to have the chance to sponsor two kiddos in Africa through Compassion International, and receiving letters from them always zaps the "boring" out of a walk to the mailbox. One of our girls recently completed a "Hopes for the Future" questionnaire in which she told us about places she wants to visit one day as well as her wishes for what she wants to learn about and become in the future. On the back of a beautiful "mchoro" (drawing) of a flower, this sweet precious angel baby shared that she wants to become an artist.

How beautiful is that?

To think, that in an impoverished, third-world country this sweet girl has been so well cared-for that she can think beyond her next meal, beyond today, and through tomorrow. Our family has been supporters of Compassion International for a while, but in recent months we have been able to learn even more about the organization. I am so thankful for the dedication of so many who seek to help, protect, and advocate for over a million vulnerable children and their families.

Through child sponsorships, Compassion enables impoverished children to receive an education, healthcare, and have the opportunity to learn the teachings of Jesus. And in our beautiful little friend's case, they also get the chance to dream about their future...a luxury for far too many children around the world.

Ever considered sponsoring a child? There are many out there just like our girls, on the brink of crisis and waiting for someone like you to help!

Stories that matter

I know it's completely redundant for a blogger to open a post with this, but...I love to write. I love it. I love words and their complexity and their secrets and their power. I wish I had more time to write daily other than a furiously jammed to-do list and also a dedicated quiet space to do that writing and...well, who doesn't want those things?

I also really like stories. Stories carry history, they communicate traditions and values, they humor, they connect, they move.

What I really love is to have the opportunity to merge those together, to write about stories that really matter...so it's a great joy to share that I was recently approved as a member of the Compassion Bloggers Network!

I have applied for Compassion Blogger Trips before (these amazingly well developed trips designed to connect writers with the voices of those impoverished people who are impacted by Compassion International's ministry), and The Captain knows that I would really love to get in on one of these trips one day. He sent me the link about a month ago to apply for another because who knows, maybe one day they'll be willing to take a "small potatoes" blogger along with the big metrics boys and girls (oh, you know, just people like Beth Moore's daughter and Ann "Break the Internet With Her Brilliant and Beautiful Viral Posts" Voskamp).

Who am I kidding...why do I even apply?

It's just that to have the opportunity to go on one of those journeys would be intense but a truly beautiful experience for someone who studies and advocates for orphans through adoption, foster care, and sponsorship...and also someone who loves to think and feel and see and experience and then write about all of that. Well, maybe one day, I guess. A girl can dream.

Join the Compassion Blogger Network

So while applying for that trip, I noticed that there was a link to apply for the Compassion Bloggers Network. I read about it, checked out the resources, knew I trusted this organization because hello, Compassion International, and gave it a go. Pretty soon after, I was delighted to be receiving some initial contacts about finishing that process and preparing for my first posts! There are three specific posts I have already started in my head, so hopefully those will be banged out here and published soon. 

We have had relationships with Compassion kids for years now. My readers know I don't show my own personal children's faces here, and definitely will honor our sponsored girls with the same measure, but I can tell you that one sweet precious angel baby is in Tanzania and one is in Uganda. Both girls are of the same age as our Pearl Girl, and one of our girls' birthdays is the same day we received permission to adopt our middlest daughter. We will never forget where we were, the sounds and smells and words on that day, and that means we'll never forget to be thankful for our sponsored friend's life in her native country with her family intact just as we will never forget to be thankful for the fact that God saw fit for our Pearl to join our family through the messy but beautiful experience of adoption. 

Be on the lookout for those posts in the coming weeks, but until then...check out Compassion's model and see for yourself just why this is such a sound organization.