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Watching Them Grow

Each time that I receive a letter in the mail from Compassion International, I always get excited, especially when the outside of the envelope contains these words — MESSAGE FROM YOUR SPONSORED CHILD. Many times there are notes from the children prepared with the assistance of a church worker, family member, etc. Recently I received updated pictures from two of the children — Anne in Haiti and Akoete in Togo.

I am so thankful to get to watch them grow!

Anne – Old and New


Akoete – Old and New




My Sponsoring Decision

It all started last December. It was almost Christmas Day. After learning there would be no additional family members to join my husband and me on this holiday, I was feeling a little empty inside. I had recently joined a couple of friends for lunch, and one of them had mentioned  that she was supporting a nursing student in one of the African countries.  A lady in Sunday School had also recently mentioned that she and her daughter were supporting a girl named Brunhilda who lived in one of the Eastern European countries. Learning about their experiences, combined with my own inner urge to put more focus on others during the holiday season, helped spur me to start reviewing organizations which support children worldwide. After doing much research, I chose Compassion International. Getting on their website and viewing all the children’s faces and backgrounds was almost overwhelming — so many precious faces with so much need in so many countries. I decided to focus on the Haitian children. One by one I viewed their profiles … and then I stopped at Fredeline‘s profile. There was something about her smile that pulled me to her, and once I had seen her, I knew I wanted to sponsor her. That’s how my child sponsorships began.