But right now, I'm sitting here blinking back tears...
I had been googling for photos of Nicaragua where Lidia and Axel live, when I came across another Compassion sponsor's blog post of their trip to Nicaragua to visit their sponsored child. The photos of the project were so interesting to me, to see the classes that the children participate in, the setting where they are ministered to, and the little project library and so on.
But then I saw the photos of the child's home...
I mean, I knew that my kids live in poverty, and that we're serving to lift children from poverty, both inwardly and externally, but somehow, seeing these pictures just hit me in a much deeper place.
The reality of my precious Lidia and Axel, as well as the rest of my sponsored children, living in poverty such as this just seems overwhelming. Somehow I had this mental image that a house made with "cement walls" wouldn't be as bad as a house made of "mud walls..." but seeing these real photos of a real sponsored child's home, made me come to grips with the reality that it's still abject poverty.
Axel writes how he loves to be at the project center, that he has lots of friends, the teacher cares for them and teaches them the Bible, and he is happy there... and seeing the photos of this sponsor's visit to one project, it's no wonder.
This is the kitchen where meals are prepared for the children of this project...
(You can read about this sponsor's visit to Nicaragua here...)
I just came across this beautiful music video of the Pool Boys who took a trip to Nicaragua to visit their sponsored child and do ministry at the Compassion sites with other Christian artists Zoe Girl and speaker/author Matthew Turner. I love seeing these children so delightfully happy with the activities at the Compassion project. :o)
One of my dreams is to visit Lidia and Axel in Nicaragua next year when I am finished with school. I am so moved by every story I hear of sponsors visiting their children! Here is another beautiful music video, this one of a Child Visit Day for a Compassion advocates' tour... tears just instantly came when I saw the face of the sponsored girl leaving on the bus at the end of the video... her eyes are so compelling, and her look just draws me in.
When I visit Lidia and Axel, I hope to see lots of other children that I will have found sponsors for during this coming year. :o) Because my heart is so moved with compassion for my two Nicaraguan children, I specifically asked Compassion for packets of children from this country to advocate for, and yesterday I received them. :o) So I would like to introduce some very special children...
Compassion friend of mine is advocating for this Christmas baby from Nicaragua, so we're adding her in with these other precious Nicaraguan children. 7 year old Kimberly Judith of NI-191 lives with her grandmother and one sibling. For fun, Kimberly enjoys playing house and playing ball games. In primary school, her performance is average, and she also attends church activities and bible class. Typical homes in her community are made of of dirt floors, tin walls, and corrugated iron roofs, and the average wage for those with employment is $78/month, but Kimberly's grandmother is unemployed. Kimberly's birthday is December 25, 2005.
If your heart is Moved With Compassion for any of these Nicaraguan children, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you would be interested in sponsoring other children from Nicaragua, you can find them here.
With a heart moved with compassion,
P.S. I just started a Pinterest account this week because of a Compassion contest... every time my pin is repinned, it's an entry into the contest. The winners are chosen randomly... 5 separate winners will receive $25 each for their sponsored child, and 10 separate winners will receive $100 each for their sponsored child's family. The contest started on Sept. 17th, and ends tonight. Please repin for me... I would love to win one of these special gifts for Lidia... Please repin this for Lidia! Thanks!! :o)