Yesterday I saw a World Vision truck drive through the interchange. It was the first one I ever saw here at Denver. I’ve heard so many good things about World Vision so a few months ago Dwight and I decided to sponsor a child through this International ministry. In the past I was connected to children through Compassion International but this is my first experience with World Vision.
When the time came for my husband and I to choose a child, we made our choice easily. There was a little 10 year old boy named Elvis from Bolivia on the list of unsponsored children. Our family has always loved ELVIS so for us, the choice was obvious. Whenever we hear or see anything ELVIS related (including the upcoming ’68 Comeback concert on the big screen), I hope it will remind us to pray for our little Elvis!
One of the children I sponsored through Compassion International in the early 1990s, was a little girl named Impanoyimana from Africa. After several years of communication with her I was suddenly cut off. I found out later through field officers of the ministry that her family had gotten caught up in the horrors of the Rwandan genocide. Impanoyimana’s family were murdered while she was attending school at a Compassion compound. She was frantic to find her family and did not show up for classes shortly afterward. Impanoyimana was last presumed to be fleeing for her life. I never heard anything else concerning her because Compassion International could no longer locate her.
My heart was sickened and worried for Impanoyimana. I prayed for her safety. My hope has always been that she survived and has grown into a strong Godly woman somewhere in the world. Of course I may never know during this life?
It was difficult to start a new sponsorship after her disappearance but in time, I did. These children can be greatly influenced by a little time, a little money and a lot of love. If you’ve never considered child sponsorship, pray on it and step out in faith if led by His grace to take a child into your life. It’s a small sacrifice that can mean the difference between life and death for these destitute children.
Have you ever sponsored a child in another country? What were your experiences?
World Vision and Compassion International are both diligent and trustworthy ministries partnering with children, families, and their communities to overcome poverty and injustice. They provide education, medical care, food and the Gospel. Click on their websites below for more information.
“Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will be blessed for it.” Proverbs 22:9 Good News Translation
Shine on. . .