It started with Claudine. Claudine was a young high school student living in Cebu City, Philippines. Through Compassion’s program to help release children from poverty, I began sending a monthly contribution to help meet Claudine’s educational and physical needs. While in high school Claudine attended the Cornerstone Student Center. Through the Center – in cooperation with Compassion – Claudine enjoyed good and helpful medical check-ups, help with school work, learned life skills such as cooking and baking and assistance in job applications.
With their help, she filled out her “My Plan for Tomorrow” workbook helping her to plan her future and set goals. Extra-curricular activities were provided that helped her explore her God-given talents.
We enjoyed years of letters and pictures sent back and forth. It was a bitter-sweet day when I received her last letter. She had graduated from school, had a job and was now moving out of the Compassion program. She was making plans to pursue a college degree.
She thanked me for the monthly sponsorship, for the birthday, Christmas and family gifts, but when she told me what she was most thankful for, tears came to my eyes.
What I will miss the most are your letters where you tell me about your life and what’s happening.
She said she hoped I would still sponsor another needy child like her.
I will never forget you and I will always love you and your will be forever in my heart.
So – in honor of Claudine and her hard work and faithfulness to God and her family, I chose another little girl from the Philippines.
Now comes Rachell Ann
This time I decided to pick a little girl much younger than Claudine had been when our sponsorship started. This would give me more years to develop a relationship with her and help her from the very start of life. It is also nice that Rachell Ann is only 5 months older than my youngest granddaughter, Zoe.
Rachell Ann lives just east of Quezon City. Because she is so young her mother writes to me for Rachell Ann. Very interesting to see that the place she would like to visit is the same as many kids in the USA – Disneyland. But the chances that she will ever be able to do that are pretty small. While I can’t help her with that dream, I’m grateful that I can help see that this little girl has a better chance of growing up healthy and educated – and know the love of God.
I’m not posting this story to “brag” about what I’m doing. I’m hoping you will read and decide that you, too, can help bring a child out of poverty. It costs us so little – it means so much to others.
Check out the Compassion, Inc. site. See what you can to do to help a child – and therefore a family, be lifted up from poverty.