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…..

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Bray
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 16:02:25

    Dear Linda, today we received another letter from our Compassion child, Ahurira, in Uganda. All of her letters are special and I keep them in a binder. But this one is extra special. She wrote the whole letter herself! In the past a worker has written the letter and she has added her name at the end. Now, I know she doesn’t speak English, so she has told someone what she wanted to say, and they put it into English and she then copied it. But all that doesn’t matter because we have a letter from HER, her words, in her writing. It begins “How are you? For me I am okay.” No more stilted “I send this hoping you are well.” Now I can hear my little child’s voice! It is such a joy and privilege to be able to be part of her life. All I can say is “God bless Compassion and all who work in her!”
    Love from Margaret Bray, Cornwall (Eating for Lent Group)

    Reply

    • A different way of seeing....
      Jun 20, 2014 @ 23:31:13

      Hi Margaret, thank you for taking time to read my blog. I am so glad you are being blessed through sponsoring Ahurira. I think it is incredible that when we reach out to someone else that we are blessed beyond measure ourselves. But I guess that is just God’s way and I am so thankful for it. So glad you were able to sponsor this precious little girl, only God knows what plans He has for her, and you are part of that. Amazing!!

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  2. berry31
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 20:12:48

    Sandra is beautiful!! And what a great letter from Brilly. I love how Sandra’s photo ended up finding not just a sponsor for Sandra but also for Jenny!!

    Reply

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