Mama Linda

The postman was my best friend this week, not only did I get a wonderful letter from Brilly, one of my correspondence children (more about that later),   I also received the pack for the newest member of our little Compassion family, Sandra! Well done Compassion,  that was pretty quick work considering that she had to be transferred from the US site.    I first heard about Sandra on 6th June when an American friend, Amanda, was advocating for her.  That means it only took about 10 days to get all the paperwork transferred and her pack out to me here in Scotland …. impressive!!

Let me introduce this precious young lady to you…..

Sandra from Honduras

Sandra is 8 years old and lives in Honduras with her Mum, she is one of 4 girls and she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

To be honest I’m not sure how we ended up sponsoring Sandra,  my husband and I are in the process of selling our home and planning to move at the moment.   We had recently discussed that once we were settled again we would sponsor more children. But as the whole process is likely to take a few months I wasn’t looking at the moment.

However, God had other plans when an advocate friend posted on facebook that Sandra needed a new sponsor and …… bang……I had that feeling again, I just knew she was for me.   I told my friend I was interested but wanted to speak to my other half first.   I wasn’t sure what he would think but he took one look at her and said   “if you think it’s right just do it” ……. he didn’t need to tell me twice, I was back on facebook faster than you could say ‘do it’ and let Amanda know.

In the meantime someone else had also expressed an interest in Sandra and would sponsor her if we didn’t, so she was a bit disappointed when we decided to go ahead, but you can read about Svenja’s side of the story in her blog  here.

I don’t know why I am always so amazed at the way God works …. every child we have sponsored we have done so because we have felt God’s prompting.   I know that God has a plan and a purpose, and that the feeling I get when I really connect with a child is His spirit speaking to mine,  I just need to be obedient.    I know that He will use us for good in the lives of the children we sponsor and that both they and we will be blessed through the relationship.

I have already written my first letter to Sandra and I can’t wait to  receive our first letter from her.

I am always blessed by the letters we receive from our kids.  Not least by the lovely letter I received from Brilly, one of correspondence kids, this week.   He starts his letter with the words:

“Dear Mama Linda, greetings in Christ’s love” …. he continues by describing how his family celebrated Christmas  together (obviously the letter has taken a while to get here but that’s fine)  …..  he ends  by saying “I will continue praying for you Mama Linda and your family.  With love from Brilly”

What can I say!!   My heart just melts at the thought of being ‘Mama Linda’ to such a precious young man on the other side of the world, but that he also wants to pray for me and my family overwhelms me.   We have so much in comparison to those living in poverty and how it must break God’s heart to see us hoarding and living in luxury when so many have so little.

People sometimes ask me why do you sponsor children, does it really make a difference?   I could give you a thousand reasons but their stories are told so much more eloquently by the children themselves ………  if you have few minutes please watch this video entitled …  I Am Free…..

 

 

 

 

Voices of angels

It has been quite a while since I added a new post.  To be honest I’m not quite sure why.   My visit to Tanzania seems like a lifetime ago even though it was only last autumn.  Nevertheless I can still see the faces  of the children in my mind and I remember vividly the stories of struggle and trauma laced with the hope that Compassion has brought to their lives.

We met some amazing people and heard some incredible stories, like this brave and beautiful young woman who lost her single parent Mum while she was still very young,  she told us:

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 “When my Mum died, Compassion became my mother and my father ….. they helped me find a safe place to live with a family that took care of me and they helped with my  financial support.   Now I am training to be a journalist,  if it hadn’t been for Compassion I don’t know what would have become of me.”

 

We met with a group of Mums and their babies at one of the Child Survival Programmes, what a precious day that was;  so many gorgeous babies and so many Mums just like you and me eager to share their stories of how Compassion had intervened and brought new hope into seemingly desperate situations.   Women who had been abandoned by their partners and left to fend for themselves in a country where there is no safety net for those who can’t work.   Women who had escaped violence and abuse and who were finding new hope in shared adversity and in support from the dedicated and caring Compassion workers.

One of the highlights of this visit for me (apart from getting to cuddle babies)  was listening to some of the women sing.   Truly voices of angels and I felt so blessed that they had taken the time to prepare this for us.

My trip to Tanzania confirmed what I already knew….. that being sponsored by Compassion makes a difference, it can make the difference of giving a child food, shelter, medical help and education.

Yesterday we chose to sponsor another child …. this precious little girl from Honduras.

Sandra from Honduras

Why?   Because I know that Compassion’s ministry works,  and I know that I will have to change very little in my life to give her a future.

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