Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A new 'member' of our family

clariszaI would like to introduce you to Clarisza. She is a beautiful eight year old living in the Philippines.


Some history: When Sarah was nine or ten years old and asked what she wanted for Christmas, she said she wanted to sponsor a child through Compassion International. We started the monthly sponsorship in her name and was provided the information for a young girl about Sarah's age named Mary Grace. Over the years Sarah received several letters from Mary Grace keeping her informed of what was going on in her life and village, and Sarah wrote to her as well.


Shortly after Sarah left for college, we received our last letter from Mary Grace. She advised she was moving to be with her aunt, as she had an opportunity to attend college near her aunt's house. The move would mean that Mary Grace would no longer be within the Compassion International program. In short, both Sarah and Mary Grace were leaving home to go to college.


Enter Clarisza: Renee and I didn't want to end the sponsorship opportunity, and Hope had been expressing an interest helping others, so we started working with Compassion International to change the account over from Sarah's name to Hope's. Renee and Hope went online and found Clarisza. She is about six weeks younger than Hope. Her hobbies of dolls, art/drawing, singing and listening to music match perfectly with many of Hope's hobbies. Renee and I anticipate that we will have another great period of ten years or so of hearing from another sponsored child, as well as helping/encouraging our daughter to communicate with her sponsored child.


If you aren't currently involved in a sponsorship program, such as Compassion International, World Vision, or any of the other programs, please take the time to think/pray about it as well as research the opportunity. For the price of one evening out a month at a really nice restaurant and movie, you can help change the life of a child and their family. In Clarisza's area, most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $95 per month.


Also, if you would add Clarisza (health, education, family, etc) and Hope to your prayer list (their future pen-pal relationship), I would be eternally grateful.

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