he stole my heart He leaped into my arms and my heart was gone.

We hadn’t been at the Haiti child development center more than five minutes when this child chose me. His thin body felt light in my arms. I’ve had the privilege of meeting children in many of our Compassion countries, but this one? There was something about this boy that I just couldn’t shake.

How could you connect with a child when you didn’t even know his name?

We soon discovered his name was Rochener. We asked to look at his child file. I couldn’t believe what I saw. We shared the same birthday! How is that possible?! My next question was obvious: Does he have a sponsor?

My patient husband knew that I could not be convinced otherwise — we would have to sponsor this child if he didn’t have a sponsor. Unfortunately for us, he did have a sponsor. I was sad to hear that, but happy that he was sponsored.

On Sponsor Visit Day, we asked Rochener to join us, to give him a reprieve from his daily life. We took him to the ocean and watched the waves.

We also took him into his first-ever pool. He ran around the hotel grounds, touching everything he saw. Drinking soda and juice. Playing with balls in the pool and wearing our sunglasses. Doing all the things little boys should do!

We ended the day giving him some small gifts, including fuzzy stuffed animals. Their softness made him squeal with delight.

After the day was over I felt a loss and sadness. I told my husband later that evening,

“I don’t understand why this little boy was placed in our lives this week. We won’t be able to write to him or see how he’s doing in the future because he’s not our sponsored child.”

My wise husband responded,

“For one reason or another, the Lord has brought Rochener into our lives so we can pray for him. We can intercede along with his sponsor. In heaven, we will be together and talk about that great day we shared.”

A week passed at home and my heart still longed to care for little Rochener. I called a friend at the Compassion office and gave her Rochener’s child number. I wanted to write a letter to his sponsors, pass along some photos and tell them about their precious sponsored child. Then a miracle happened for our family. My friend informed me,

“Katy, his sponsor canceled. His sponsor canceled about two weeks ago. There’s no way the Haiti office could have known that when you were there, but Rochener no longer has a sponsor.”

Tears of joy streamed down my face as I knew this little boy now needed a sponsor. He needed us.

So today, I’ve introduced you to the child who chose us. God knew exactly what he needed and exactly what we needed. We will continue to intercede on his behalf … but now as his very grateful sponsors.

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  1. Deb L
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 2:28 am

    Happy tears! What a joy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:18 am

    That is such an amazingly wonderful story!!! :) So glad that you had the chance to really spend time with him – and now be his sponsor!!

  3. Paula
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:21 am

    What a touching event! Praise God for you, your husband and Rochener! Praise God!!

  4. Erika
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:29 am

    Beautiful story! Thanks for reaching out to this boy.

  5. Hayley
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:29 am

    Wow, wow, wow!!!!

  6. Jan Gibson
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:37 am

    Beautiful! God is wonderful.

  7. Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:38 am

    We serve an awesome God.

  8. Becky
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:40 am

    Your story gave me goosebumps! So amazing. :)

  9. Jan Gibson
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:51 am

    Beautiful! God is so wonderful.

  10. Feb 14, 2013
    at 8:00 am

    I love this story! God is so good.

  11. Carl
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 8:00 am

    We went to Haiti in March last year. We sponsor, but not in Haiti and I had no intention of getting another child. First day, first stop we met Little Carl. We looked in the packets that were available along on the trip and there he was waiting for a sponsor. Well, that was awesome, and we knew what we had to do.

  12. Orfa
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 8:30 am

    uh! sweet! God is good!

  13. Tina
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 9:27 am

    There are no accidents! God is at work at every moment.

  14. Henry
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 9:35 am

    Great story Katy! Everything happens for a reason… Glad you found the kid that God wanted you to sponsor!

  15. Feb 14, 2013
    at 10:40 am

    I love hearing stuff like this! What an incredible story. God is in the details.

  16. Jud
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story, Katy. I felt like I was there!

  17. ruth
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 2:29 pm

    What a beautiful and uplifting story! Thanks for sharing it.

  18. Stephanie Green
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 2:53 pm

    What a great love story for Valentine’s Day!!

  19. Cecy Avalos
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 5:36 pm

    I was a sponsored child, I think sponsors are very special and God have a great reward for them… Sponsors are a gift of God.

  20. Ursula
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 5:49 pm

    That is amazingly beautiful…….. God knew he needed you as sponsors!

  21. Kim Shields
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 6:21 pm

    That is so beautiful, I’m crying, what a beautiful Valentine’s story

  22. Feb 14, 2013
    at 6:54 pm

    Beautiful!!!! Your story made me tear up! I love how God works!

  23. Kim
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:12 pm

    I love love love this story! I couldn’t stop smiling after I read it. Just beautiful and perfect like our Lord! :)

  24. Penny Hitt
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 7:39 pm

    I am reminded daily of what a wonderful and powerful and all-knowing, compassionate, loving Father we have. Father knows best! Thanks for sharing such a personal story. Katy, you have such a loving, caring spirit that is sure to draw others to you. I’m not surprised he chose you. And what a blessing for you all!

    • Katy
      Feb 15, 2013
      at 11:56 am

      Hi Penny,
      That is so kind of you to say! Thank you. Yes… our Father does indeed know! I hope you and Mike are doing well.

  25. Rebecca
    Feb 15, 2013
    at 3:50 pm

    Oh, gosh, tearing up! Yay, God!

  26. Feb 17, 2013
    at 4:52 pm

    I’m expecting many more stories like this one to come out in heaven when we finally understand that God Himself connects children and sponsors and often there are reasons we don’t/can’t understand here on earth.

    Thanks for sharing your story! What an amazing gift from God!

  27. Eryn
    Feb 19, 2013
    at 4:07 pm

    Wow! What an amazing story! This is so beautiful!. God is SO good! It’s amazing how He places people in our lives at the right time, He had it planned all along. What a beautiful & touching story. I am so happy for you all.

    ~As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That’s what you call, God’s will.

  28. Florence L.P
    Feb 27, 2013
    at 11:16 am

    I read your story and I wept at the greatness of God! Yes it is great our God, God has answered the prayer that you had secretly address in the silence of your hearts!

  29. Sep 20, 2013
    at 10:02 am

    What an awesome story-one only God can write.

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