We all know what Compassion does for the world’s children but what has sponsoring a child done for you?
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Jeremiah 1:4
The child I sponsor from The Philippines amazes me all the time. I am shocked at how God is using him in my life as he is so far away and so small. I suffer with anxiety since my mum died and God has been working through this with me. One day, I was advised to wait on a scripture that would really speak to me and I found it in Philippa Hanna’s book. It was as though everything just slotted into place.
From then on, I decided to carry Joshua 1-9 with me in my bag. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
That was last September. This week, on the back of the letter from my sponsor child was the very same verses! I feel such a strong bond and I thank God for the opportunity. I may be assisting in his financial situation but this little child is making a difference to me spiritually, richly letting me discover God through this simple sharing of letters of love.
Even in Ofsted inspections
I’m training to be a childminder and with childcare provisions you need to demonstrate that you welcome and have materials and resources of people from different cultures and countries. So when I had my Ofsted visit from the inspector I thought it a good idea to leave my child sponsorship folders out and explain that with the children in my care we would learn about different people around the world.
I was so nervous about the visit and prayed before she arrived. When the inspector came she was friendly and also liked cats (that went down well as my cute cat Lulu was made a fuss of). Sitting down to get on with business, she noticed the Compassion folders, she said she had a compassion child! I asked if she was a Christian and she was. Thank you Lord! Now this important professional figure was just a woman sharing the affection she had for her Compassion child, things went fantastically from then on.
We spoke about Compassion and of course childcare, but after having Compassion in common I felt a prayer had been answered and God had helped me yet again!
By Louisa Christaki, Compassion Advocate