Two days ago was my official two year sponsor-versary! This two year journey has been nothing short of amazing, and I know the future holds so much promise and hope.
Two years ago this little guy from Uganda entered into my life. Little did I know changing his life would have such a drastic change on my own.
I walked into child sponsorship blind, not knowing what to expect. All I knew was God was leading me to this little, Ugandan warrior in the most intense calling I have ever felt. Two years later and this child has opened my eyes to seeing the world a bit differently. Actually, a whole lot differently.
I never would have imagined this little, orphaned boy with dusty shoes a few sizes too big and piercing eyes (that have witnessed so many unimaginable events in all of his then eleven years) would be a beautiful and holy gift sent to me directly from God.
“Thank you” just doesn’t seem enough.
You see, I knew love pre-sponsorship. I love my family, I love my husband, I love my children. Without a doubt, I knew unconditional love.
But to love a child half way around the planet from me, a child I have never met in person, a child I did not birth but yet love as my own? Well, the only explanation for this type of love is through Christ.
I know I can’t end poverty. I know I can’t protect every child. I know I can’t financially sponsor every child suffering from poverty. I know I can’t save all of the millions of other impoverished children around the world that do not even have any type of assistance through an organization, that are hiding within the shadows and crevices of a darkened world.
But, I know what I can do.
If I can help one… just one child…if I can commit whole-heartedly and make it my mission to see that one child is released from poverty. If I can make a difference in one child’s life – then I know my life has purpose.
A successful life is not based on the highest salary or job title or home square footage or any material possessions. A successful life is based on how many lives you have made a difference in during your time on Earth is what I personally believe.
Eradicating poverty is not a one person job or two persons or three or four. It takes a joint effort – an enormous global team of different individuals and organizations working together in different facets but united with the same mission in mind.
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
If your heart is leading you to love and change the life of “one of the least of these”, click here to learn more.
I am not going to twist your arm while humming Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All, nor will I post a video of me singing and signing We Are the World (that I still remember from being in the kids chorus of a community theatre production in the 80s).
Child sponsorship is not for everyone. I get that. We are all molded in wondrous, different, intentional ways.
But, I do encourage you to discover the talents and gifts God has given you if you have not already done so and use them to glorify Him. Do not let them go to waste. Open your heart, and give Him permission to work through you.
It is never too late to make a difference in someone’s life.