This past month in Sunday School the kids at my church have been learning about endurance. We had a cheer to help us remember what that meant. It goes “STICK with it! Keep going. And NEVER. GIVE. UP!”
As Compassion advocates sometimes our job can be hard. We can pray and pray and advocate for a child who has been waiting a long time for a sponsor and receive no response from family members or friends. Today I want to share with you a recent discouraging case related to child sponsorship and how God just turned it into an amazing success story!
I mentioned Alan in a blog post about 2 months ago. He is a sweet 8-year-old boy who lives in Ecuador with his stepfather, mother and 2 siblings. At the time I put his picture and information on my blog, he had been waiting 435 days for a sponsor. I shared his info on Facebook, Our Compassion, etc…nothing. I watched as this child waited 440, 450, 480, 500….500+ days for a sponsor. I wondered why no one was doing anything about it. Then, one of my friends on OurCompassion (a social networking site for Compassion sponsors and advocates all over the world) started helping me raise awareness about this boy who had been waiting so long for a sponsor. And today when I logged on she had commented on the post I made about him…she has decided to become his sponsor! Praise God! She couldn’t bear to see him wait so long, and now he will finally have the support and encouragement he needs.
The point I’m trying to make with this story is that sometimes we feel like our advocating for children on Compassion’s website is pointless. Maybe no one comments on or “likes” their picture when we share it on Facebook. Maybe we feel like our posts and prayers about them are being ignored. But you never know who is seeing those pictures, who God is preparing to step in and help this child that He has laid on your heart to speak out for. We are helping make a difference in childrens’ lives for eternity. So stick with it, keep going, and never give up!
I would like to introduce you to another little boy who has been waiting a long time for a sponsor:
This is Jose. He is 6 years old. His birthday is March 5. He lives in Bolivia with his father and mother. There are 5 kids in his family! His chores include running errands. In kindergarten his performance is average. For fun he enjoys playing with cars and playing ball games.
Could you be the answer to Jose's prayers for a sponsor? Click on this link to check out his information: