The following letter was written by Ruzamba Niyomwungeli, a 24 year old graduate of our Child Sponsorship Program. It was written in Kinyarwanda and translated into English at the Compassion Rwanda country office.


“Life has meaning when someone touches it at tender age. Someone stood out and shaped my life. I believe in life of fullness. Thank you my sponsor where ever you are.”
– Ruzamba Niyomwungeli

I really do not know what I would be looking like if Compassion had not touched my life when I was at the age of four – sick, starved, almost naked and frustrated with no hope. Thanks God.

God has been on my side since I was a child up to today. I really extend my sincere gratitude to my loved sponsor who stood by my side up to now, and I do promise that I will never disappoint him or God, who has been witnessing my daily life. Thank you my sponsor.

child-support-letter-ruzamba-niyomwungeliPresently, I am a mature adult, and above all it’s through your hands I grew up to become an adult with a mission to change my family, my community, my country and the world at large. My dear sponsor what can I give you and what can I say if it had not been your incomparable love you extended to me and my family. I believe in the next day, that I always count as a day of grace and new hope.

My sponsor, I do love you and wish you to see God’s grace day by day. My prayers rest in the hands of God. God of mercy bless my sponsor and Compassion. By God’s love I am who I am because of what you did for my life, where my parents were unable to support me in all the aspects of life.

I cried in my neighborhood, but no one listened to me. I called to my neighbors because of hunger, but there was no boon coming to me. I was sick in my bed, but no one could render a service. But not far from God’s hands, a sponsor, a parent, came to me from the far country that is beyond the sea where my eyes could not imagine a thought. What a blessing and love. God I am too special in your eyes. Thank you God.

My sponsor stretched out both his arms to bring me back to the foundation of hope where I stand right now – with all the courage to make a difference which is positive for my life, my family and my community. God of mercy, bless my sponsor and Compassion.

My sponsor, you became the spiritual, economic and intellectual garb I wear now. You became a friend where many people were not able to welcome me.

My sponsor, I believe that God will always be with you. I really want to assure you that what you did in my life has touched thousands of lives through me; for now I am grown up and am making a positive difference in my family, community, and more especially in my church where I was blessed from.

The God of mercy who brought me to your life is the same God who gave me this real time to say that I really thank you. My sponsor, you came into my life when I could not speak write or read, but now I do write and read. What a friend I do have!

My sponsor, you are my friend, and I do credit you most of my blessings. I believe God has heard my prayers for you, as you pray for me.

Blessings to you.

Ruzamba Niyomwungeli

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  1. May 22, 2008
    at 4:36 pm

    “I cried in my neighborhood, but no one listened to me. I called to my neighbors because of hunger, but there was no boon coming to me. I was sick in my bed, but no one could render a service. But not far from God’s hands, a sponsor, a parent, came to me from the far country that is beyond the sea where my eyes could not imagine a thought. What a blessing and love. God I am too special in your eyes. Thank you God.”

    Thank you God indeed!!!

  2. May 22, 2008
    at 10:25 pm

    A beautiful letter from a beautiful and grateful heart! I wish I could show this to all sponsors! I will share it with my team of advocates and pastors.

    What a praise to God!

  3. […] The following letter was written by Ruzamba Niyomwungeli (*originally posted on the “Compassion Blog” by the Compassion Blog Web Team), a 24 year old graduate of Compassion’s Child Sponsorship […]

  4. […] translated into English at the Compassion Rwanda country office.  It was originally posted on the Compassion Blog. […]

  5. KIm
    May 23, 2008
    at 9:50 am

    What a woderful letter from a grateful young man. Thank you for posing this.

    God is good!!!

  6. Sarah
    Jul 22, 2008
    at 10:56 am

    Amen Brother! The is am amazing testimony you shared about your life!It shares how he is good in the bad and the good!He is always there never dout it!

  7. Judith Eslinger
    Dec 26, 2009
    at 2:31 pm

    My child recently wrote to me mentioning that his goat had died. Is there any way I can arrange for a goat to be purchased for him?

  8. Dec 28, 2009
    at 9:52 am

    Judith,

    You can give a monetary gift to your child through compassion.com, after logging in to your Web account, or by calling 800-336-7676 and speaking with a sponsor relations specialist.

    When you give the gift, you can request that the money be used to buy a goat.

    In most of the countries we work in a goat can be purchased for less than $25.

  9. Laure Krueger
    Nov 18, 2011
    at 8:09 am

    31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
    32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
    33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
    34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
    36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
    37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
    38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
    39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

    - Matthew 25:31-40

  10. Jamie Borota
    Nov 18, 2011
    at 7:42 pm

    This hit home for me! Just recently started sponsoring a male who is 4 years old! Totally touching!

  11. Jan 31, 2013
    at 11:54 pm

    For sure, this is a sorrowful letter full of joy and cries in eyes of a sorrowful thanking person. I dedicate this letter to my sponsor too from UK she is called Jayne Lewis from an organization called Abagala Uganda.

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