Dear Fellow Sponsors All Over The World

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

Hi Compassion Sponsor!

I just want you to know that you are doing something life changing.

Because that child you sponsor already fully believes you are their biggest fan.

You leave comments wanting us to tell your children that you love them and to give them a hug…

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Know that the Compassion staff tells them you care for them. Today in the most feared slum in Uganda, 256 children believe you believe in them. They know your name, save your letters and want to make you proud.

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

It’s not just me who thinks so.

Today, someone spoke to them on your behalf. And not just any someone – Papa Wess.

Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International is leading our trip. This afternoon he stood up in front of over 200 children registered in this project and spoke these words to the children:

(reading in an email? click here to watch a one minute video!)
 

These are words I want to live up to.

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

The best part of coming on these trips is that to the children, you represent their Sponsor. They’ve thanked us a thousand times. And that thanks belongs to you.

They celebrated like crazy when we came.

 

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

There was a parade, a marching band, preaching, musical numbers, matching dresses, hugs and applause.

Sponsor, we are a part of something so big. From your different homes all over the world, while you paint your walls and put the chicken in the oven and pickup carpool, that little one you sponsor is spending their every day differently because of your $38 gift.

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Three

We accepted their gratitude in your honor and it makes riding on all those micro airplanes worth it.

But really, it belongs to you.

You’ve helped change your child’s entire world. And they will help change their community.

They know that.

Do you?

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Want to be called Sponsor too?

Make a new best friend for life in Uganda. Sponsor a Child today.
 

Sponsor the child who is the oldest (my personal favorite because they are usually the last to be picked–especially the boys)
 

Sponsor the child who has been waiting the longest–(Somehow little Sadat has been waiting 515 days, rare, but it happens) if you don’t see his name when you click that means he’s been sponsored, YIPPIE, if you sponsor him, email me so we can celebrate?
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Email me or leave a comment if you become a Sponsor for the first time, or once again. We love to

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Comments

  1. Having just come back from a Compassion trip to Mexico, I remember when we asked a group of children about their sponsors. And yes, they do know the names and where they live! I pray that many more children will be able to answer that they now have a sponsor because of the stories all of you are sharing this week. Thank you for being there on behalf of all of the Compassion sponsors around the world :)

  2. Angie Davis says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Sometimes, we don’t hear from our sponsor kids and wonder if we really are making a difference. That little $38 is worth so much more than we even know. I’m so blessed to be a part of Compassion.. Some day, I hope to be able to meet my girls in the Philippines. Blessings,
    Angie

  3. Blinking back smiling tears :)

    Think of ALLLLL the sponsors changing the world, all over the world, just by sharing love?

    Glory!

  4. It’s so easy to feel like it’s all useless from over here. It’s easy to feel so distanced from the process and not understand the weight of a letter.

    Thanks for reminding us that sponsorship is no small thing. It’s more than an automatic draft from the bank account each month. It holds real weight for a real child. It’s so good to be reminded of that.

  5. This made me well up with tears.

    We take the role as sponsors (*and correspondents) to our 18 very seriously. I love Compassion because it is not just financial giving, but it is relationships formed by monthly letters, daily prayer and more.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful post! My hubby and I sponsored a lite Ugandan girl in December, she got told she was sponsored at the Christmas party! :-) She’s at UG704 and her name is Talent Gumoshabe :-) if you go to her project can you pass on a hug from us? :-) Wondeful post! :)

  7. The post about Talent was from me, forgot to include my name etc do it came up as anonymous. Wonderful post! :)

  8. Hello Nestor. I found a link on the Compassion International website (if you want to share it) about writing letters to children that have sponsors but do not receive correspondence.
    https://support.compassion.com/compassion/topics/writing_letters_to_children_i_dont_sponsor?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=widget_compassion

  9. “These are words I want to live up to.” Amen. And ditto. And amen again.

  10. Thanks so much for these wonderful posts, bringing all of us close in to all you’re experiencing. I have loved following along on your trip and am so grateful for your perspective! Praying for you all to have fresh energy and stamina as you get ready to come home.

  11. LOVE THIS!! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. What a gift child Sponsorship is to our family!!

  12. Tears of joy flowing down my cheeks! Thank you for this…thank you for going for us.

  13. I sponsored! His name is Amos, and I’m so excited! Did you kiss any sweet 3-year-old cheeks? Might have been my guy!

  14. Your encouragement has successfully led to the sponsoring two young boys! Clinton is 7, he is from Uganda. I am also sponsoring another young boy from Africa that was ‘the longest waiting’ – those words tore at my heart btw…
    Thank you for your bravery and for taking all of the little scary puddle jumpers to be the face for those of us that can’t meet these gifts from God! I hope that having your sister there provides some comfort on the plane! I am unable to watch these videos or look at the pictures without crying. All of you that are there – thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Your are rock stars!

    • COREY!!!!!!!

      THiS is HUGE! TWO boys–it will impact their entire family!!!!! Thank you!!! And you sponsored the longest waiting in Africa, chills. I wish I could see when the staff announces to him and his class that he is sponsored!!!!!!

  15. We sponsored another child from Uganda because of what you and your sister have written this week. We already had Justine, and now we have Joab too. Thank you for going there, and writing. It makes a difference, truly. I needed the reminder.

  16. We just let our son pick out a little boy the same age as him to sponsor the other night! So if you meet a little five year old names Hillary tell him we’re excited to add him to our family and prayers! My sons excited to learn about him and write to him. Thank you for sharing this experience. We’ve been meaning to sponsor a child forever and just never got around to doing it, so this was great motivation to take the step. And it was very effortless on our part to do something that will likely make a big difference in that little boys life. Makes me wish we’d taken a few minutes to do it much sooner!

  17. Thank you. Wonderful words. So very very true.

    Praying for all of you. Much love~

  18. Y’all have GOT to stop making me blubber like an idiot. We sponsor a child through World Vision, and this still struck me hard. How can my small offering be so big? It humbles me. Thank you for helping all of us go to Uganda with you. <3

  19. You are such a wonderful gift my friend. Thank you. Them singing as you arrived. I cannot even imagine what an overwhelming gift that must be to be able to represent us all. I am so thankful God has chosen you to speak on those children’s behalf. And thank you for speaking on our behalf. Something changed in my heart when you went last year. I took new ownership of my sponsorship and now see those children in a more real way…because you were able to show us that. So thankful that your passion for the home extends into eternal work like this. I don’t even know you…but I feel like I know you…and your compassion for those children encourages my compassion. I am in awe at how powerful these posts are. Not only is it making a difference to these children but it is helping shake us of out of our comfortable American lives. God is doing big things with you and this place he has gifted you with. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord’s work. I can only hope to be so brave with my own voice. Thank you.

  20. “Sponsor we are a part of something so big”… AMEN!
    Thanks for sharing this part of the story and that quote from Wess…powerful!

  21. Hi Myquillyn! Just an encouraging word for you on this journey in Uganda…I have been following all of you on your blogs this week. I have been moved…I have smiled into those dark eyes of the children as I read their stories and scrolled through pictures….I have sponsored a little girl from Uganda this week because of your faithfulness to write to all of us.

    Thank you!
    Jeralyn

  22. Anthony Hendren says:

    I am so glad I decided to become a sponsor. Even though my family is not very wealthy, and we’ve been through some tough times over the last few years, we’ve continued our sponsorship. I know that no matter how poor I may seem, I am rich in comparison to our sponsored childs conditions. God is so amazing because even in the heart of poverty he can reach in and touch lives, and like all of God’s work the blessings flow both directions. If you see Lydia Apili at Awelo Child Development Centre please hug her and send her our love. She wrote that she wants us to visit her, and sadly I had to say that I am not able to at this time, but seeing the work that is going on warms my heart and comforts my spirit that Lydia is in good hands. God bless you and the minsitry you and Compassion are doing.

  23. Thank you so much for all of your posts about your trip this week. I felt a tug at my heart from that very first post and tonight my family and I decided to sponsor a little boy from Uganda! My 7 year old son picked out a little boy, named Jacob, who shares his birthday. He is so excited and fired up about helping a child in need.

  24. Thanks for your posts! I don’t have much useful to say but wanted to say I’m reading every post over here in New Zealand and so appreciate you and the others going so far away to tell such important stories. We have two sponsor children in Africa with world vision. I wish we could sponsor another after reading these posts!

  25. My sponsored child is Mary Night in Uganda! How I wish I could see her face. So glad that you all are there to tell them how much they are loved and prayed for.

  26. I have tears streaming down my face. I have 3 Compassion children in Uganda (and 19 others in various countries around the globe). I tell them I love them in frequent letters. I have always wondered if they know how sincerely and deeply I mean that. I pray for them. I think of them every single day. Thank you for showing me through your visit that they DO feel my love. That it DOES make a difference to them. It encourages me to keep going, and to write another letter today, even when I just sent one last week. Because they can never hear too much, how special and loved they are.

  27. I just sponsered 17 year old Asiimwe Henry! Thank you for all you Do!

  28. I have been sponsoring my Uganda child, Ekoru Gloria since she was 11 and now she will turn 17 on Feb 4th. If you see her, please sing Happy Birthday to her from me. It is so wonderful to have developed a friendship with Gloria and i cherish the letters that she writes me.

  29. Please say hello to my two children in Uganda if you can. I just signed up again because of your and your sister’s blog post. I’ve been so moved by them all. So moved by the stories and their sweet faces and amazing attitudes towards life and God and what Compassion is doing to help.

    My two little ones in Uganda had the same birth dates as my own children.
    Their names are:
    Ronnie Ainamani and
    Evas Nimusiima

    Big hugs to them and I’m so happy and excited to be a part of their lives!
    Kristie Duncan

  30. Lina Hill says:

    Sponsorship is always so much more rewarding for the sponsor than ever imagined and now, yes, I have a child through Compassion International too. I have had children through Children International for over a decade and it is such a Joy for me.

    Keep up the good God work of keeping us all informed/updated. Great job. It must be such a complete culture shock over there and yet it is such a blessing to see how simple life could be.

    Best, Lina

  31. We sponsor a Uganda girl too! Scanning the photos looking for Claire Namagembe. What fun it would be to see her face-long shot but who knows! If you see her give her a Tx hug from us.

  32. Holy cow…I started Kisses from Katie…no words.

    We sponsored today! We chose Joshua, a little three year old from Uganda on the longest waiting!! But the weird thing is that HE LOOKS LIKE OUR BOYS!!

    Anyway, you are a blessing. Thanks for this.
    Amber

  33. We as a family have read your posts over the past week. Thank you. My children are praying and Weston asked me yesterday to forward him the link to your blog so he could send the link to friends and coworkers. Thank you dear friend.
    xoxoxo
    Angela

  34. Oh, the blessings of an ordinary day. We take so much for granted, don’t we? Last year I sponsored a child from Bolivia. I chose an older child – something about his face captured my heart. I chose him because children in the area he lives in are at higher risk for exploitation and abuse. This January, less than a year later, I was told he has graduated from the compassion program and that they had another child for me. I knew once he turned 18 that this would happen, but it broke my heart a little because I didn’t have much time to get to know him and I worry about him because he is older. Even though I am no longer in touch with him I plan to keep him in my heart and prayers. My new child is also a boy from Bolivia – he is 3, so I will get to keep him for awhile.

  35. I’m a reader in Singapore and ever since I read your recent posts about children in poverty and the work that Compassion is doing, the thought of sponsoring a child stuck with me. And I just signed up to sponsor a 15 years old girl in Indonesia. Her name is Claudia.

    Just thought this news would brighten up your day :-) thank you for sharing, it helps to change someone’s live.

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