"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
~James 1:27

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Haitian Letter!

Today I got my first letter from my Olibris in Haiti! Olibris is 16 years old and he is one of my correspondence children through Compassion International. A correspondence child is a child that is sponsored by a business or someone who is not able or willing to correspond with the child, and a correspondence sponsor is found for them. I don’t sponsor Olibris financially, but I sponsor him through letters that show him just how special and loved he is by God and by me. Olibris has been financially sponsored by the same business for 7 years and in this time he has never once received a letter. This saddens my heart because Olibris must feel as if he doesn’t matter or that his sponsor does not care about him. I am so excited to have the chance to change this for him, and show him just how important he is to God! Reading this first letter from Olibris is wonderful because I get to learn more about him, but I can almost tell through it that he feels like, what is the point of writing a letter because I probably won’t get one back. I can’t wait for him to receive his first letter from me and realize that someone out there thinks he is special and loved.
In my letter I learned that Olibris lives in the mountains of Haiti. He lives with his mom and he has 5 brothers and sisters. He is the 5th child in the family. Olibris loves rice, math, soccer, and the color green. His favorite thing to do is move the goats. He asks that I pray for him to succeed in school and in the certificate exams. (He is 16 years old, but he is only in the 6th grade.) He also asks that I pray for him to have more intelligence in school.
This child of God’s is already so precious to me, and I can’t wait for him to realize how loved he is by God!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happyness

This is Happyness, a beautiful 7 year old girl from Tanzania!
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I bet she wants to live up to her name, but it is so hard when she doesn’t feel much like she matters in this world. She has her grandma, but it’s not the same as having a mom and dad who love her and take care of her. Happyness loves to play house and group games with her friends, but it would be more fun if she had someone to write to and tell all about her adventures. Even though the people in her area only make about $16 a month, her and her friends always find something fun to do.  Maybe someday soon she will have someone to tell her how beautiful and loved she is and that she matters to Jesus. Maybe you could be the person to bring happiness into the eyes of Happyness! You can sponsor Happyness today through Compassion International for only $38 a month.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Little About Me and My Life

So this is the first blog of my own that I have ever written, and I’m really excited to share with you my hopes, dreams, passions, and ultimately my life’s journey. I just graduated from college this month, and I am definitely excited to see what God has in store for me next! My dream is to someday open an orphanage in a third world country. I’m not sure where, I just know that this is a desire that God has placed on my heart. I am interested in Ecuador, Bolivia, Uganda, Kenya, and Togo, but I will go anywhere that God leads me. I have been spending my days of being graduated scouring the internet looking at different missions agencies, non-profit organizations, and information on the different countries on my heart. Missions and children in third world countries is a really big passion of mine, and I want to do anything that I can to be God’s hands and feet for these children and show them the love of Christ. One way that I have been able to do this is through the child sponsorship ministry of Compassion International. Compassion and my sponsored children have become a huge part of my life! Right now I sponsor 7 boys and girls from all over the world, and I correspond with 7 others through the correspondence program, where a child has a financial sponsor who either cannot write or has no desire to write so a willing correspondent is found. This is just a little about me! I will definitely be talking more about Compassion and my kiddos in posts to come. Stay tuned…