When we buy products like for skin care, weight loss, healthcare, we want to see immediate results. If we do not visually see immediate results, we often become frustrated with the wait and move on to something new.
While technology keeps advancing and making our world much faster, there are some aspects of life that will always demand time as in years to see results. And no high-tech, fancy gadget or software will ever be able to give us instant results when it comes to the effects of child sponsorship.
Child sponsors make their monthly payments, correspond through letters, and do a whole lot of waiting. This is part of the process. At times, sponsors can become frustrated. Are my payments going through? Are my letters getting to my child? Am I making a difference? Is this a waste of time and money?
Does child sponsorship through Compassion International work?
Are you making a difference in a child’s life by sponsoring?
To effectively see the results of child sponsorship, we have to watch a child when they enter the program and compare when they graduate. Today you can see the results for yourself from a former Compassion student. Many thanks to Teresa Dawn for sharing this incredibly inspirational letter from a truly, amazing young lady.
FROM HOPELESSNESS TO HOPEFULNESS
I do share my testimony with the world not for sympathy but for it to see the glory of God. Seeing my achievements up to this point is a great miracle.
One does not need big things to be successful in life, but a shred of hope and kindness to succeed.
When I was a kid I did not believe that I could succeed in anything because of my humble background. The presence of Compassion rekindled my dying candle. I thank God I have finished my degree in Communication and Media Technology.
A single mother raised me up in a humble background at my grandmother’s place, and I was a year old when my father died. My mother; Grace Nanga had to do manual work and sell “sukuma wiki “to take care of me, my four sisters, and my grandmother. I am the last born. Getting square meal was a miracle. My mother valued education so she made sure that every child went to school to a certain level she could manage.
As a total orphan, life is not bread and butter. It is more challenging more so when you are a lady. Determination, prayer, and salvation is the fortress that kept me going. You have to overcome self-pity and be confident and stay strong. I gave my life to Christ when I was thirteen years in class seven. I acknowledge that life is fathomless without Christ.
When I was young in salvation, I would cry before God because of the many problems I had – but now I burst into tears because of who God is.
He is a father like no other.
Compassion recruited me when I was in class one; Ebusiralo Child Development Centre (CDC) in Vihiga County in Kenya. This was a relief to my mother. My school uniform and part of my fee were paid. I appreciate my sponsors Wayne and Vickie who their support saw me through my primary and high school.
Life in secondary school was a puzzle. I had to learn from three different schools not because I was undisciplined, but I had to transfer to the cheapest school for my mum to afford. I walked 12 kilometers (7 and a half miles) to and from school. My mum would tell me, “You are just like any other child you have no excuse not to perform. You are successful, pray for wisdom and God will give you.”
In Form three (2007) my mum became sickly. She was HIV positive. I was torn in-between responsibilities of taking care of my sick mum, house chores, and studies as I was alone with her. Some of my sisters married while others were in the hustle of searching jobs. Sometimes, my sisters and relatives could come to help me out but they could not be there all the time.
Whenever I was sent for fees, it could take several weeks to get as the bread winner was now in bed. Compassion played a big role in encouraging her to use the ARVs, visiting us, provision of food staffs, and also led her to salvation. Life in Christ made her hopeful. Moreover, it supplied us with soap and gloves to use.
The worse came to the worst when our cow licked my mum’s eye while she was milking. Due to insufficient medical care, it swelled – then busted. This affected her intensely. Sometimes she could behave like a mad person and become uncontrollable.
My school performance started deteriorating as I could not concentrate fully. At a point, my mum could not do anything by herself. Every morning I would wake up, prepare breakfast, feed her, milk the cow and give it grass, lock her in the house, then off to school. I would try to forget my worries to be able to concentrate in class. In all this, I knew Christ was with. God gave me strength to afford a smile amidst of trouble.
On 14th January 2009 my mum went to be with the lord. Having seen my mum excruciatingly suffer, I went on my knees and told God thank you for resting her. Through her life and suffering, I had acquired a spirit of praise and thanksgiving in face of trouble. We do not have to be bitter when God is in operation in our lives but to give Him all the glory and honor.
My aunt Rina became my guardian. I thank God for her. Life had now totally changed.
I scored a C plain in my Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) results in 2009. This was not a university entry. Since I could not afford college fee, I went back to form three to improve on my grade. Fortunately, in 2010 I scored a C+.
Compassion’s Leadership Development Programme (LDP) selected me among a few students. With this programme LDP, I joined Maseno University for a degree in Communication and Media Technology where my tuition fee, accommodation, and part of my upkeep was catered for.
Compassion has modeled me into a holistic Christian adult. I am an Evangelist, Sunday school teacher, intercessor, and a praise and worshiper. Moreover, I mentor three children; Abigael, Maureen, and Bridget. I would like to impact young life with hope and love. My love for God will never fade for He has drowned all my fears in perfect love and surrounded me with a song of deliverance.
Ruth, who is my sponsor, showed incomparable kindness and dedication through paying my tuition fee, rent, and my upkeep. She already is a blessed woman. My correspondent Teresa has been encouraging me through the numerous letters she sends. I admire the beauty of their hearts.
Orphans are not a difficult and cursed caliber in society to deal with as many people stereotype. Something is missing in their life and that is what they are looking for. They need your love and care. Do not turn them away but embrace them. God promises not to leave them (John 14:18). God warns us in Exodus 22:22-24 not to afflict orphans for his wrath will fall on you. This does not mean they should be left to become brats. No, correct them in love and wisdom.
I am ambitious to do my masters when God opens the doors. That will not be the end of studying for l will study to where God will allow me to reach. My future aspiration is also to own a media production company.
Sponsoring a child is not necessarily the much more you have. You can also impact a child’s life through giving a few dollars a month. As a quote says: “No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich.” That’s why I say to sponsor is not what you have as your fortune but a heart bit of love. Investing in the human race is investing in eternity.
Thank you for sharing your story. I look at your picture and see a beautiful, radiant, intelligent, brave, independent, strong, young woman with the most amazing smile. In your photograph, I see so much joy and a sparkle in your eyes, unlike the brokenness so often times seen in the eyes of impoverished children. Your light shines so brightly through your face and through your words.
What an inspiration and blessing you are! You have such a beautiful heart, and words can not express how proud I am of you. You have already achieved so much at such a young age, but I know the best is yet to come.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version (NIV)