Hey! I have new photos of Amisi. I was so blessed to meet him on my trip to Uganda last month.

Amisi coloring

He’s such an ambitious child! As soon as I gave him his new coloring book, he was on a serious mission to get every page colored.

Amisi eating ice cream

I bought him some ice cream, but he wasn’t crazy about it at first. He’d never tasted anything so cold. Once it melted though, he became a fan.

I was told the outfit he’s wearing, along with his shoes and socks, were purchased through the Christmas Gift Program.

Amisi and Robyn

Amisi is so full of life and joy. It’s hopeful to know he’s receiving health care, food and educational opportunities. And most important — he’s learning about God’s love. To be just a small part of this is such a blessing. Even though he’s only 5 years old, I pray he remembers my visit through the years and knows that I adore him.

During my visit, I also gave him a banner that says, “With God, all things are possible.” As he grows up, I hope he clings to this message. I can’t wait to see how God works in his life. He may be living in a poverty-stricken African village now, but with God, the possibilities for his life are endless.

Have you visited your child? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and tell me!

And if you have any photos, add them to our Flickr group. Be sure to include brief descriptions and I’ll share some of them here in a few days!

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  1. Chuck Guth
    May 1, 2008
    at 11:24 am

    I am a child sponsor and now an Advocate for Compassion. It was not always that way. It took looking into my sponsored child’s eyes to see what my mission should be. My wife and I have sponsored Linda in Honduras for the last several years. We felt we were doing a “good thing.” Our monthly support was automatically deducted from our account and we wrote letters once in a while. Not a lot of effort or energy on our part but we felt we were helping. In June of 2006 we were contacted about taking a Sponsor Tour to Honduras and meeting our child. We of course wanted to go and thought it would be neat to meet the child we were sponsoring. Maybe our visit would be “inspirational and encouraging” to her. I sit here now thinking God must have been laughing at that one. In March of 2007 we took our tour to Honduras. If you ever have the chance to go on a sponsor tour or actually any short-term mission trip take the opportunity and listen for the Spirit to speak to you. On our Sponsor tour we visited several of the projects where Compassion works. We saw the love and care that the children receive while at the project. We did home visits and saw the poverty and the horrible conditions that the children lived in. We have so much and they have so little. We also had the opportunity to hear and learn about Compassion’s programs and their ministry. Our hearts were broken but the best was yet to come. The day came to meet our child and we were to attend an outing at a water park that these children would never be able to attend. The children arrived and each was called individually for each sponsor. When our child’s name was called she stepped forward and my life was forever changed. Here was the child that we sponsored, who lived in total poverty, and she was dressed up in probably the one nice outfit she had. She was in what we would consider her Easter finest complete with a beautiful hat. She timidly came forward and took one look at my wife and I and burst into tears. I know she was overwhelmed at actually meeting her sponsors. However at that moment and for the rest of the day every time I looked into her eyes I saw the love that she had for us and for what we (and God) were doing in her life. I saw the difference we were making and the importance of sponsorship and child development. I came back from Honduras with a changed heart (and another sponsored child). I finally understood the global picture and what we were called to do. I decided to become an advocate for the “least of these.” The next time I look into Linda’s eyes I want her to know that it was her that made the difference.

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