Friday, 22 March 2013

14 year old Sayouba in Burkina Faso

Compassion has a campaign to help promote Compassion Sunday.  You can choose a child to pray for and try and find a sponsor for and setup your own - My Story page.  This is the one that I created.

I chose Sayouba because I had been reading recently about how Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world and he is 14 like my daughter and our sponsored girl, Adriana. 

Then I found a way to link to his full profile

And I discovered that there were 5 children in the family. And that his parents sometimes try to find work as farmers so that they can feed their family.  I found out that Sayouba is in primary school where he is struggling and is currently below average.  (this could be for many reasons - malnutrition, or having to help look after siblings etc.)

So until the sponsor that God has chosen for Sayouba comes along, I will be praying every day for this young man.  For whatever he is going through in his daily life today, I will be praying for his safety, for his health, for his family, for their home, and for his schoolwork.  I pray that he will know that His heavenly Father is with him and knows his name and loves him very much.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Compassion's Correspondence Program

It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the Compassion organization after sponsoring beautiful 14 year old Adriana in Ecuador as a gift for my beautiful 14 year old Kaitlin.

Kaitlin in the snow

Adriana in balmy Ecuador

When I found out about the correspondence program, I quickly asked to be a part of it.

The correspondence program is for cases where an individual or a business will financially sponsor a child but is not able to commit to regularly writing to their child.  Correspondent sponsors step in and commit to writing to the child a minimum of 3 times per year.  Although no financial commitment is required, a correspondent sponsor may want to give birthday, family or Christmas gifts to their assigned child.

This is in my opinion, a win-win situation for everyone involved.  More children in the program can have their physical needs met through the financial sponsorship and as an added bonus, a relationship can be developed with the correspondent sponsor.

Terri from Compassion Canada assigned 2 children from Haiti for us to correspond with.  Dayana is 11 years old and Edwin is 4 years old.  This was the perfect match for our family of 2 girls and 1 boy.