I want to share 5 Bolivian children with you. Five children growing up in devastating poverty. Five children without the hope of Jesus Christ. Meet Deylan, Esthiven, Carlos, Divar, and Erik. Five 6 and 7 year olds waiting for someone like you to take a leap of faith and show them that they matter to Jesus Christ. Jesus has called us to “speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8) By sponsoring one of these children, you can do just that. Children are vulnerable and they cannot speak up for themselves. They have no say in the situations in their lives. They don’t get to make any decisions. They need someone to speak up for them, and it is our job to do that. Let me tell you a little more about each of the precious children that I have the privilege of advocating for.
Deylan is an adorable 6 year old girl who lives on the plains of La Paz, Bolivia and loves playing with dolls. Deylan lives with her mother who is sometimes employed as a market seller where she makes $76 a month. What must it be like for little Deylan without a father to provide for her and a mother who has to work all the time in his place. I can’t imagine how lonely she must feel. Are you the one that God has chosen to teach her about His love?
Esthiven is a sweet 6 year old boy who lives in Oruro, Bolivia with his mom, dad, and 1 sibling. His father makes his living as a seller in the market while his mother is a stay at home mom. Esthiven is from an indigenous group that speaks Quechua. Esthiven lives a life mired in poverty. Who knows if his parents even tell him that they love him? Esthiven needs someone in his life that will tell him those 3 simple words that can reignite the flame of hope in his heart. Those 3 words every child needs to hear- I love you.
Carlos is another little 6 year old boy from Oruro, Bolivia. Carlos lives with his mother and father and his 5 siblings. The first thing I noticed about Carlos is that it looks like his sweater is too small. It must be hard for his sometimes employed father to provide everything that his 6 children need on $90 a month. It is hard to provide for 1 child on $90 a month let alone 6. It would change Carlos’ life to have a sponsor who loved him and helped provide the things that his family cannot provide for him.
Divar is a 7 year old little man with a serious expression. Divar lives in a smaller neighborhood in Southern Oruro, Bolivia with his mother, father, and 2 siblings. When Divar’s father has work, he makes about $54 a month. That breaks my heart because I make that much in one day. The low wages in Divar’s neighborhood could be the reason for the common malnutrition. Divar, who loves playing with cars, is just like any other 7 year old boy except he may never have the opportunity to fulfill his potential. Can you help him reach his dreams and tell him about Jesus?
Erik is also a 7 year old boy from the same neighborhood in Oruro, Bolivia as Divar. Perhaps these little boys are friends. Erik has 3 siblings and he lives with his mother and father. Erik’s father is sometimes employed and he probably works as a street vendor like so many of the others in this neighborhood. Like many little boys in Bolivia, Erik helps out his family be running errands. With the stark poverty that Erik is growing up in, he will have to grow up very fast. Bringing Erik the hope of Jesus is exactly what this little guy needs. You could be the one to carry this hope to him.
I have the privilege of advocating for these children for the month of September. If any of you are interested in sponsoring one of these beautiful children of Bolivia or if you have any questions about the ministry of Compassion International just let me know!