Have you ever wondered what difference child sponsorships makes in a kids life. We hear and I have taught that when you sponsor a child you provide food, shelter,
education, medical needs, and reduce their vulnerability to human exploitation. That is all true and I will blog more about that later, but there is so much more. Having just returned from Tanzania where I was privileged to meet Petro my sponsored child I am now even more convinced that sponsorship matters. Having seen first hand and now having met Moses, I am all the more passionate about how we as sponsors can come alongside a child and his family and make difference that can change a world.
Let me introduce you to some folks…
Here is Petro. He loves “Football” (soccer). He is 8 and he took his first ride outside his village in a bus 10 hours to meet me. His Mom and Aunts are so excited about me being a part of their life. Petro has a great future.
Here is Eniot. She is 11 and loves life and God. She memorize bible verses and “tries to imitate them.” Her favorite passage is Psalm 125. She told me that she loves that Psalm because God is like a mountain and if you believe in him you do not need to fear. She has led her family to Christ. My brother is now her sponsor and will be a part of her story and future.
But the person I want to tell you about is Moses. Moses was a sponsored child. He now holds multiple degrees and has taught at Cornell and has spent time with Henri Nowen. He is now back in Tanzania working with World Vision amongst his people group and is changing his country. We were privileged to sit with Moses and have dinner and ask tough questions about Sponsorship. Here are a couple things we learned that have solidified in me the value and importance of relational sponsorship and your letters.
Dream Big Dreams – you can be whatever you want to be
Moses still caries with him as an adult the letters from his sponsor. They are letters that not only helped him as a child growing up, but helped him get through multiple degrees as an adult. He told us that his sponsor wrote him and told him he could be whatever he wanted to be. As a child growing up in a Maasai tribe all he could see was becoming a herdsman and taking care of goats and cows. But that letter planted something in him that took root later in life. As he was going through his degrees and at different times in his life he would pull out those letters and they were a source of encouragement and hope for him. He now holds multiple degrees and has taught at Cornell. He now is a Godly professional back in Tanzania working to make a practical difference in his country.
Sponsorship saved my brothers life
Moses also told us that when he was sponsored it saved his brothers life. I am not sure the full details of his brothers physical needs but when Moses was sponsored it engaged the family and World Vision and the community development that provided for his medical needs and he is alive today because of it.
What is the value of a relational sponsor?
I don’t think we can put a price tag on the value of a sponsor who builds a relationship with a child. Let me encourage you as a sponsor to do more than simply send in $35.00 a month. Write letters to your child. Encourage him or her to dream big dreams. Be a positive influence in that child’s life and be a part of giving them hope and a future.
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