He Leaped into My Arms and My Heart Was Gone

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 the countries in which we work, but this one? There was something about this boy that I just couldn’t shake.

He Leaped Into My Arms and My Hear Was Gone

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!

He Leaped Into My Arms and My Hear Was Gone

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 be a part of Rochener’s life. 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 the precious child they sponsor. 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.

How has the child you sponsor stolen your heart? Share that special moment you knew he or she was the one you were meant to invest in below!

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  1. Natália Pereira Fialho September 18, 2017

    One day I was sponsored by a kindly young woman.

    His help was of great value in my life,

    Helped me become the good woman I am today.

    I dream in one day to meet her and to thank for everything she has done for me for twenty years of my life

  2. Debbie June 15, 2016

    Reading this brought on an onslaught of tears! My heart is so full. God is good and He always knows what is best.

    I pray for the opportunity and resources to meet my sponsor child in Ethiopia.

    God Bless you Katy and your husband for bring such joy to this precious child, Rochener.

  3. Krystal miller April 11, 2016

    It sounds like God brought him into your life for a reason!

  4. Krystal miller April 11, 2016

    Wow! such a amazing and touching story!

  5. Janet September 20, 2013

    What an awesome story-one only God can write.

  6. Florence L.P February 27, 2013

    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!

  7. Eryn February 19, 2013

    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.

  8. Gail February 17, 2013

    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!

  9. Rebecca February 15, 2013

    Oh, gosh, tearing up! Yay, God!

  10. Penny Hitt February 14, 2013

    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!

    1. Katy February 15, 2013

      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.

  11. Kim February 14, 2013

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

  12. Hannah Hinojosa February 14, 2013

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

  13. Kim Shields February 14, 2013

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

  14. Ursula February 14, 2013

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

  15. Cecy Avalos February 14, 2013

    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.

  16. Stephanie Green February 14, 2013

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

  17. ruth February 14, 2013

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

  18. Jud February 14, 2013

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

  19. Becky February 14, 2013

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

  20. Henry February 14, 2013

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

  21. Tina February 14, 2013

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

  22. Orfa February 14, 2013

    uh! sweet! God is good!

  23. Carl February 14, 2013

    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.

  24. Jill Foley February 14, 2013

    I love this story! God is so good.

  25. Jan Gibson February 14, 2013

    Beautiful! God is so wonderful.

  26. Becky February 14, 2013

    Your story gave me goosebumps! So amazing. 🙂

  27. Mindi February 14, 2013

    We serve an awesome God.

  28. Jan Gibson February 14, 2013

    Beautiful! God is wonderful.

  29. Hayley February 14, 2013

    Wow, wow, wow!!!!

  30. Erika February 14, 2013

    Beautiful story! Thanks for reaching out to this boy.

  31. Paula February 14, 2013

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

  32. Jolanthe February 14, 2013

    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!!

  33. Deb L February 14, 2013

    Happy tears! What a joy! Thanks for sharing.

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