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Six Ways Child Sponsorship Can Change the Life of a Six Year Old
Posted By Web Team On February 27, 2012 @ 3:07 am In Child Sponsorship | 6 Comments
Just one book. That was all our library had. Just one book about Nicaragua.
And it was enough – more than enough to give us a glimpse into the life of our newly-sponsored child, Elias, as we patiently waited to receive letters from him.
My son asked me as we brought home the book after borrowing it from our library.
“What’s that girl doing?”
My 6-year-old pointed to the cover of the book showing a picture of a young girl, probably around his age, mashing something in a large stone pot. I shared with my son,
“She’s pounding corn, called maize — so she and her family can use the cornmeal to make tortillas and other food.”
Maize is plentiful in Nicaragua, we learned from the book, and is eaten often with most meals. Pounding maize is a job that many children do to help their families, we also discovered.
Through the book, we traveled to Central America to soak up as much as we could about the land, customs and life of the Nicaraguan people who live quite differently than we do in Texas.
So far, the one thing my son and Elias has in common is their age and birthday.
Finally, the letter arrived and we excitedly opened the envelope.
Elias introduced himself, his family and his interests. We admired the picture he drew for us.
We were a bit surprised to discover that Elias and my son are actually quite similar. Even though maize is a daily staple in Elias’ diet, his favorite food is spaghetti and also happens to be one of my son’s favorites. They both like playing with cars and they both like the story of David and Goliath.
And it began from there – discovering how a 6-year-old in Nicaragua shares many commonalities with a 6-year-old in Texas. How being worlds apart meant nothing when it came to reading the same Bible stories and playing with the same toys.
Children living in impoverished regions of the world are still children and crave the same things as children living in abundant regions the world – love, security, acceptance. The same things.
I’ve always assumed that Compassion would change my perspective and life as an adult, but wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to my children.
In just a few short months of knowing Elias, I have seen first-hand the six ways Compassion has changed the life of my 6-year-old along with his 2-year-old sister, and how it can change your child as well:
My son has already sent Elias a small birthday gift and has asked when we can visit him.
When we hear back from Elias, he lovingly tells us how he prays for us. Child sponsorship is allowing my son to seek God on behalf of another and to learn that prayer is powerful.
Some children work to help their families. Elias may be far away but we can love him as our neighbor with our love, prayers, correspondence and financial support.
Because of our sponsorship with Elias, both of my children can locate Nicaragua on our map and enjoy learning about the country’s landscape including one our favorite topographies – the rainforest.
As we write letters, make cards and pray for Elias, my son can share the truth about God’s love and forgiveness and hope with Elias, and can encourage our sweet Nicaraguan friend to know the Lord. This friendship will only grow stronger between both boys.
Because of Compassion, my 6-year-old son is being changed just as the life of another 6-year-old is being changed.
As soon as my daughter turns 3, I’ll be searching Compassion’s list of unsponsored 3-year-old girls who share her same birthday so she too can experience the same love and joy my son has by reaching out to a child in need.
For it’s never too early to teach our children how to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in a world in need of His compassion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kimberly Piña is a homeschooling mom to two blessings, 6-year-old Edson and 2-year-old Abigail, and wife to her husband of 7 years. The Piña’s make their home in Texas and love the chance to live out their faith by corresponding with Elias, their sponsored child from Nicaragua.
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