"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

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Change Their Story


Since going to Haiti in July, I have felt the need to advocate for Compassion children in Haiti that need sponsors. I have seen the desperation and hopelessness of the Haitian people. They are starving for hope, for something that will lift them from their poverty. It is such a dark place. Every time I met a child there, I wished that they could be part of a Compassion project. That they could hear the words I love you from a sponsor who prays for them every day. That they could dream because there was a possibility of a better life for them. While the children I met in Haiti are not part of a Compassion program, the 5 children I am about to introduce you to are. 

This month I am advocating for 2 girls and 3 boys who live in Haiti, right near Port-au-Prince. It has been over 2 years since the earthquake there, yet there is still so much devastation. And now just a week ago Hurricane Isaac blew through adding to the devastation. I am praying that I can help this children find sponsors before the end of September. Let me introduce you to Dainsley, Andy, Edder, Philippo, and Youfica. All 5 of them are real children. They have a face. They have a name. They have a story. And most importantly, they have a purpose. God did not make a mistake when He let Dainsley, Andy, Edder, Philippo, and Youfica be born in Haiti, an unstable and corrupt country. God did not make a mistake when He let each of these 5 beautiful children be born into poverty. God has a reason for every heartache, every battle, every moment of their lives. They just need to realize that. They need someone to show them what it is like to be loved by God. How can they know what God’s love feels like if there is no one there to show them? I am praying that this month, someone will step up for each one of these children of God and take on the great responsibility and blessing of being Jesus to the least of these. 

Youfica
 
Youfica is almost 13 years old. Her birthday is November 2, 1999. She is just on the brink of her teenage years. These are the years when it is hardest to find a sponsor. Youfica has undoubtedly had 1 or more sponsors already. Maybe they wrote to her, maybe they didn’t. Either way, I know that she could use some love in her life. Youfica lives with her aunt and 4 other children in Delmas. Delmas is East of Port-au-Prince.  Youfica is not listed as an orphan so there must be a reason that her parents cannot take care of her right now. Her aunt is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and could make about $77 a month. Youfica is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood, and buying/selling in the market. Youfica enjoys playing house, hide-and-seek, and playing group games. Her performance in primary school is average and she also attends church activities regularly. If you would like to be a light in Youfica’s life, please let me know. 

Philippo
Philippo is 5 years old. His birthday is April 16, 2007. He also lives in Delmas. Philippo lives with his father, his mother, and 7 siblings. That is a lot of mouths to feed. I love the smile on Philippo’s face. It makes me wonder what he is smiling about. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer, and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. I can’t imagine what it must be like when neither of them can find work. How scary that must be. Philippo is responsible for carrying water. I wonder how far he has to walk to get water for his family. He probably has to make several trips since there are so many people in his family. Like many little boys, Philippo loves to play soccer and play with cars. He is doing average in preschool and he attends church activities regularly. If you are interested in sponsoring Philippo let me know. 

Dainsley- SPONSORED!!
 
This little sweetheart has gotten everyone talking. I don’t know if it is her pretty pink dress and lacy white socks. Or her big grin. Or the fact that she is missing a front tooth. But add all of that together and you have the definition of adorable! Dainsley is also 5 years old. Her birthday is December 21, 2006, so she will be 6 soon. Like the previous 2 children, she also lives in Delmas. Dainsley lives with her mother and father. Her father is not employed, but her mother is sometimes employed as a teacher. Dainsley helps her family out by caring for children. Dainsley’s favorite activities include art, playing with dolls, and hide-and-seek. She regularly attends church activities and she is doing above average in school! I wonder if that is because her mother is a teacher. If you would like to add this cutie to your family, please let me know.

Andy
 
Andy also lives in Delmas. He just turned 7 last week. His birthday is August 28, 2005. Andy lives with his mother, his father, and 1 sibling. He is responsible for making beds and cleaning. Not every little boy’s favorite chores. Andy’s dad is unemployed and his mother maintains the home. This means that absolutely no income is coming in for this family. How do you live on $0 a month? I don’t even want to think about it. Andy loves playing soccer and telling stories. Wouldn’t you just love to sit down and listen to him tell you a story? I bet he is really animated and uses his hands. Andy participates in church activities, and his performance in primary school is average. If you are interested in encouraging this little boy to become a man of God, please let me know. 

And last, but certainly not least: Edder
 
This 8 year old boy lives in Carrefour which is West of Port-au-Prince. Edder’s birthday is February 23, 2004. He lives with his father and his mother and 1 sibling. He is a big helper because he carries water and gathers firewood for his family. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. The average monthly income in Edder’s area is $50 a month. How hard it must be on his mother to be the sole breadwinner of the family.  Edder enjoys playing soccer, playing with cars, and singing. I love hearing little boys sing. This serious faced young man is probably a softie at heart.  Edder participates in church activities and he is doing average in primary school. If you would like to sponsor sweet Edder, please let me know.

For $38 a month, you can be the change in the life of Dainsley, Andy, Edder, Youfica, or Philippo. Are you willing to take that leap of faith? I promise you that the children won’t be the only ones to have their lives changed and blessed. Your life will change too, and you will be blessed beyond measure! If you want to sponsor a child, but none of these children are “yours”, check out the Compassion International website. Right now there are 1,858 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 19 who need a sponsor. I urge you to change their story!

3 comments:

  1. This is so wonderful and heartfelt, these little ones are so deserving and I just know that they will be sponsored through your plea. Bless you!

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  2. I am certainly praying for these kids, especially that cutie, Andy. I just love that smirk!

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  3. Praying too! Our friend has a heart for the children of Bolivia. That is where our Erik is. I think it is wonderful that you have a heart for the children of Haiti!



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