Sunday, March 6, 2011

Childrens Lives Being Changed

On our last trip to the Dominican Republic (February 18 - 25, 2011) we were able to acknowledge those children that have been sponsored.  That was an incredible honor for me to be able to spread encouragement and hope to these precious kids.  As we called a name and the child came forward you could see the joy and excitement on their face.  They understood what this meant.  They understood that someone far away cared enough to step outside of the box and put another human beings life ahead of their own.  They realized that being sponsored was an answer to their prayers.

Alondra being presented with
her Sponsorship Bible.
I recall one little girl specifically, her name was Alondra.  She was so sweet, when she came forward I kneeled down to congratulate her and present her with a new Spanish Bible.  She looked at me with a huge grin and took the Bible.  She held on to that Bible so tightly.  Throughout the day I would catch a glimpse of Alondra and she would still be holding on to the Bible.  It made me realize how much we take for granted.  Most of us probably have 2, 3 or more Bibles laying around the house that we never even use and yet this little girl was treating it like it was the best gift she has ever received.  I thought to myself, maybe it is. 

The highlight for me personally was when I had the priviledge to acknowledge the two children that my family has sponsored.  I can tell you that it was very emotional.  As happy as I was for them and as excited as I was to tell them they have been sponsored by me and my family, it was very difficult to keep my composure.  When I called the first one, a little girl named Maria, she came forward and I again got down a one knee and told her that me and my family decided to sponsor her.  I told her that she was very special, that God loved her and that we wanted to be a part of her life.  I told her that even though we lived so far away, we still loved her and wanted her to have a life full of potential, hope and dreams but more importantly we wanted her to have a life full of Christ.  She turned to me and wrapped her arms tightly around me and that's all it took.  I stood there, a grown man, breaking down and over-run with emotions that are difficult to describe.

After regaining some of my composure, I had to go through this all over again with our second child.  His name is Joelvi and let me tell you, he is cute as a button.  I repeated the process and feelings to Jeolvi and handed him his Bible, he also responded with a smile and gave me a big huge hug.  I have to say that I thought Maria had prepared me for what I would feel but when you feel those little arms around your neck there are no preparations that can overide the great sense of joy and compassion.  It is truly an amazing feeling to know you will make a difference in that childs life.  However, it goes the other way as well.  You would be amazed at how these children can profoundly impact and change your own life. 

I have seen first hand how important child sponsorship is and hope that others will choose to help a child by doing the same.  In just the first few weeks of this program being implemented we have 21 children being sponsored.  Our goal is to have every child that is currently in our programs sponsored by the end of this year.  That will mean that a total of 336 lives will be changed forever. 

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