Saturday, June 02, 2012

Choosing a Child

My husband and I have been sponsoring children through Compassion International for 18 years. What a privilege! What a joy to think that a few dollars a month makes the difference between a child eating one good meal a day or not. Getting an education. Hearing about Jesus Christ.

Our most recent child, Ruth, was from Mexico, and we had sponsored her for six years. We exchanged several letters, but she was more faithful than I was about writing.  In April she sent us a letter saying she was about to graduate. Her tone was controlled effervescence.

I called CI the other day to inquire about sponsoring a new child. The young lady on the other end of the phone was so sweet as she looked up our sponsor number and record.

"I'm looking at my screen here," she said slowly, deliberately. "I see that Ruth has departed."

I gulped. Departed? My eyes started to sting. There was silence between us. Grief swept over me from head to toe.

"Departed?" I asked. It couldn't be. We just got a letter from her three weeks ago and she was fine. Happy. Eager to graduate, and profoundly grateful for our support.

 "Yes. The notes here say that Ruth came to Christ while taking Bible classes, and she successfully finished her schooling. She is currently working as a jewelry maker in her community."

 "Oh! So she's alive?!!"

 I wanted to say, " Girl!! You should not say 'departed.' It means dead. Please choose a better word. You have no idea what the words "she departed" just did to me!!"

But instead--once I found my voice--replied, "That's great!"

In the near future, I plan to call Compassion again and ask if "depart" was simply this particular employee's unfortunate word choice, or if the script which all phone employees use to describe leaving the program, says "departed." Either way, it needs to be edited out!

So now we are in the process of choosing a new child to sponsor. The main goal is to find someone for our boy to connect with, to exchange letters with, to feel part of his life through writing each other. In narrowing the options, we have a few preferences:

Boy
10 years old
Fatherless
From Central or South America

This is what I'm praying about, and I'm confident that God will bring us to each other.

4 comments:

Danielle said...

Our "child" Beverly--who's not much of a child anymore--is about ready to graduate the program too. I just sent her her graduation card and gift last week. I've sponsored her since she was 5 years old! Can't believe it. We'll be looking at boys too, around our boys' age, so they can grow up together, so to speak.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

We sponsor a 9 year old little girl from Africa through World Vision. I have her picture on my refrigerator and count it such a privilege to be a part of her life.

Happy new week!

Rachelle said...

We found our Compassion daughter when I decided to click on her picture and discovered that she and my youngest daughter shared exact birth dates!

Praying you soon find the boy God has picked out!

Hugs to you~sorry I've been absent it has been a whirlwind month.

Joyce said...

We sponsor two children thru World Vision. One is a boy from India who felt like the right match for my husband. He travels there a lot and sees the poverty first hand, plus he doesn't have any of his own sons. The other is a little girl from Senegal my girls and I chose together. I recently began sponsoring a child from Kenya thru Compassion. She and I share the same name and birthdate so it felt like she was meant to be mine. I'm sure your boy is out there!