Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Shane and Shane concert we recently attended ended with Shane B. telling us about World Vision and the child they have sponsored for the past ten years. Matt and I used to sponsor a child named Alberth for several years, but he dropped out of the program a while ago. Hearing about Shane and Bethany's experience pricked our hearts and made us realize how much we missed sponsoring a child!
I wanted to find a little girl with Rachel's exact birthday to make her feel like she has a special connection with this child. I was thrilled to find out that you can search for children by birthday on World Vision's site! A handful of sweet little girls came up that shared her birthday, but how would we choose? Although it was difficult, when we saw that Kimberly loves drawing and dolls, we knew that she was the little girl for our family! Rachel absolutely loves these things too, so it's a perfect match! I'm so glad that Rachel is old enough to help us write letters (and draw pictures!) and to understand why we want to help Kimberly. That because of Christ's love for us, we can't help but share our love and the gifts He's so graciously given us with those in need. It's a wonderful opportunity to pray for Kimberly and to share Jesus with her as we get to know her and correspond with her. It's so strange, but I already feel connected to this sweet girl! I wish I could go down to El Salvador right now and give her a hug... :) Perhaps one day I will.
When Abby and Timmy get a little older, I would love for them to have their own sponsored children as well. It's one small way to put our faith into action and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Would you consider sponsoring a child too?
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’