A New Child

RELAX.

We promise we’re not pregnant.
Nope. Nada. Nil.
Definitely.Not.In.Any.Way.
(Knock on wood.)

What we mean by “a new child” is that we have decided to sponsor another child through Compassion International. We already have a little girl whose name is Dayana. She is almost eight years old and lives in Ecuador with her family. She likes to play with her dolls, go for bike rides, run around and play games with her friends. We were given the opportunity to sponsor her two and a half years ago and have enjoyed corresponding and getting to know her since. What prompted our hearts to re-evaluate our financial situation and to make this decision was after attending our Pastor’s presentation on his Compassion International visit to his family’s sponsored child in Ethiopia. While we had already been considering it for some time, this was the final tug on our hearts and we knew that we couldn’t put it off any longer.

No, we are not rich by any means. Yes, we do get more support from our family than we probably deserve and we are blessed everyday by their generosity and love. But, with that said, we also are not so poor that we cannot share. C.S. Lewis once said “Nothing that you have not given away will truly be yours.” This applies to so many things in life, friendship, love, respect…and certainly it does not seclude whatever monetary wealth we may have. Christ called us to love one another, to reach out to the poor and to love the unlovable in whatever way we could. For those of us blessed to be living in such a country of luxury (whatever your thoughts on recession might be), there are always a few things that can be forgone.

For us it’s cutting back on entertainment (eating out once costs just as much as our support a month for Dayana; thus not eating out twice in one month will pay for two children to receive adequate food, education and love). It’s something easy for us to cut back on, we like to cook and ultimately believe that by establishing a routine of cooking in and dining together, we will build a strong family.

There are so many things that we do not need but seem to “have to have.” “It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish,” lamented Mother Teresa. And nothing could be more true.

This is not a post to brag about how “righteous” and “selfless” we are. It’s not to guilt anyone into sponsoring a child, that is a personal decision one that we hope would be made with thorough deliberation and deep commitment. This isn’t a paid for plug for Compassion International (it’s entirely free). What it is is just a reflection of how God is working in our lives.

Thus, without further ado…our new child is five-year-old Jose, also from Ecuador. We will be receiving a packet in the mail sometime in the near future containing more information about him and we are eager to get to know him in the same manner as Dayana.

“When a person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”
Mother Teresa

 

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