Has your sponsored child ever called you Mom, Dad, Auntie or Uncle? Someone recently asked me if I thought it was demeaning to parents for their child to be sponsored by someone across the world. Does it make them feel inadequate, like they’re not fit to be parents? Maybe this thought has crossed your mind as well.
Growing up, I was blessed to have a mom who encouraged and empowered me to reach my dreams and make them a reality. She told me that a mom always wants her child to reach places she never could. Maybe you want the same for your children or other children you care about, and can relate to this strong desire to provide a better future for them.
But what if you don’t have the resources to provide this future for your child? What if extreme poverty has stripped you of hope?