Her name is Preetha. She’s 15 and from a very poor village in India. We’ve been sponsoring her for a couple of years. Before her was Vasantha. At 16, her parents removed her from the Compassion program. We had sponsored her for many years as well. Both are beautiful girls living in extreme poverty.
A team from Hearts at Home, led by Jill Savage, has been on a Compassion sponsored trip in Tanzania this week. I have been struck by how much Compassion really does for a community. The day Jill met their sponsored child and how, through Compassion, this lovely young woman now has a hope and a future. Or the day they spent with the Maasai tribe. What beautiful people.
Then I read where all the letters go and how they are processed. I saw the pictures and read how much the kids REALLY look forward to receiving letters and how much these letters and small gifts are cherished.
I have a pit in my stomach.
We send money for birthdays and Christmas every year, yet I only write maybe a couple of times a year. My thoughtlessness saddens me.
I don’t want the be that someone who just sends money and goes about my day without another thought. That’s what I’ve done though.
Writing the check is easy. I see now that engaging in the relationship is crucial.
A simple letter written in hand, or even online, can build a child up. We are called to take care of these children. It is a privilege that God entrusts us with.
I ask you to not just commit to the $38 per month. Commit to a relationship as well. These kids have so little and we, living in the first world countries, have more than they could ever imagine. They need us.
My eyes have been opened. I commit to write the first Friday of every month. I have put it on my calendar so I don’t miss it.
Now, I close down my computer and will write a note asking Preetha for forgiveness. Today is a new day. A new relationship can begin.
Joining with Jill Savage and Hearts at Home