Before we adopted Anna we decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International. I looked on the lists and started to pic favorites and then got completely overwhelmed with all the precious children in need. We then decided to just let them choose for us, figuring God would orchestrate all of this- we were matched with a little 10 yr old girl from India! She lives with her family- 2 parents and 2 brothers. They are very poor but our donation allows her to attend a christian school and get a good meal once a day. Bless her little heart! When you sponsor a child through this organization you get regular updates on how they are doing in their family and in school. The children write a letter to their sponsor family and we write her back. It is very simple, they practically do everything for you! We just write words of encouragement, praises to our Lord and tidbits on our family along with an occasional picture. It brings us such joy to hear from her!
We have another little girl in Shangrao, Jiangxi Province, China where our Anna is from. The sponsorship is through Altrusa, an organization that helps provide foster care for children with disabilities. The first little one we sponsored in this Province was adopted a year ago she had cleft L/P just like our little Anna. Our new little one is just a year old and had a teratoma removed. We would so love to know more about how she is doing but the updates are vague- I am sure they cannot be specific. Since I am a nurse at heart I want to know everything. Their are many children adopted from this Province. We were so thankful for the wonderful foster care our little Anna got we wanted to give back to the community.
Last but not least is our precious Luke! He is in the Morning Star Family Home. Check out their website- they have children in need of sponsors. This is a very special "orphanage". It was started by a family from the USA. The caregivers all love the Lord! The children are prayed for daily! What an incredible blessing! Often times it takes more than one family to sponsor a child- there may be someone else out there that is also sponsoring Luke or one of the other children. If by any chance it is you- please share!!
I have to be honest that sometimes I forget about these darling children. With everyday life being busy, I need to remind myself to pray for them. That is why I am posting about it - if you have children you sponsor or you hope to someday sponsor a child please share with us! There us nothing more blessed than a child! Thank you Jesus!