Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The last time I saw Nevaeh...


I held her tiny hands in mine fighting back tears.  I didn’t want her to know how sad I really was.  She couldn’t know that was the last time I would ever see her face.  Those bright brown eyes clinging on to hope that someday life will be better.  I hugged her tightly for one last time, trying as hard as I could to remember every detail of this moment.  I said “Bye Veah, I love you.” waved goodbye and walked out of the church with silent tears streaming down my face.  ”She will be ok, she will be ok.”  I recited over and over to myself, not wanting to face the reality that she has a high risk of being abused, dropping out of school, and becoming addicted to drugs.  She is just a little girl.  A little girl that wants to be a princess and loves Dora.  I wonder sometimes why I wasn’t the one that god chose to be poor and face the same challenges she has.  Then I realize it’s because i’m supposed to make a difference for people like her.  I am so fortunate for all that I have.  I need to make a difference for people like Nevaeh.  I am never going to give up on these kids.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Last blogger assignment!

Today on the last day of September I am doing the last blog month assignment.  Blog from the eyes of your sponsored child.  Here goes...

I ran as fast as I could through the small hills and clumps of brown dirt.  Past the water well and the stray cat that looks at me with it's wide gray eyes.  Past the tree that seems to be a giant compared to my tiny stature.  Finally I arrived at the only place in the world I feel safe.  My student center.  Here they teach me about god, feed me, make sure I am in good health, and give me an education.  I feel so blessed to have a sponsor.  Many of the children in my village don't have sponsors.  I pray for them.  Today I am told we will be writing letters to our sponsors.  I want mine to be good.  I want my sponsor to be proud of me and love me.  It makes me so happy when my sponsor writes to me.  Some children at the center don't have sponsors that write to them.  I pray that they will receive letters someday.  I want to draw a very good picture for my sponsor.  I drew the cat that I saw on my way here.  I colored him in with some colored pencils.  I hope my sponsor likes it!  Then I wrote my sponsor a letter about what I do here at my center.  I handed it back to my teacher and prayed that it will arrive safety at my sponsors home.  I am so blessed to have all of these wonderful things in my life.  I thank god for my sponsor every day.  She gives me hope.  Hope that someday poverty won't exist.  Now I have a chance at breaking the cycle of poverty!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pintrest

I have exciting news!  For the third blog month challenge Connections 2 Crisis is now on pintrest!  If you go my page (connect2crisis) and repin the post tagged #mysponsoredchild you can help me win a gift for Nardos.  It would be greatly appreciated.  Also keep those prayers coming for me to get better!  I really appreciate all the support.

- Emily

Dear God...

I would like to start of today with my second blog month assignment!  Writing a letter to god, here goes...

Dear God,

I am so blessed to be created on this wonderful earth that you made for us.  Thank you so much for always being there for me, even if I didn't realize it...I love you so much.  I know that you have given me some hard challenges in my life to overcome, but I realize you know I am capable of overcoming every obstacle!  I am so blessed to have you in my life.

Love Always,

Emily

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sponsor a Child Today

Hello,

Today I want to start out with encouraging you to sponsor a child for blog month!  I would especially like you to consider a few groups of these children.  To start off I would like to show you the mentally and physically challenged children.  They need your support more than ever.  Just think about how hard that would be to raise a mentally or physically challenged child in extreme poverty...

Follow this link Compassion Mentally or Physically Challenged Children

The next group that I would like to show you are the children from the ART Pragathi student center...this is the same center that my little Sahil goes to!  I just received a WONDERFUL letter from him.  This is a fairly new center and they need all the sponsorships possible!

Follow this link ART Pragathi


Finally I would like to share with you a special prayer child, Naneu from Kenya!  She lives in Kenya and shares my birthday!  Aren't her necklaces just beautiful.  Please consider sponsoring this wonderful girl...

Please consider sponsorship, click this link Sponsor Naneu

In his name,

Emily



Saturday, September 1, 2012

First Day of Blog Month!

Hello,

I am very excited because today is September 1st...the first day of blog month!  The goal of blog month is to get 3,108 children sponsored this month.  I strongly encourage everyone to look at the child sponsorship page and see what Compassion is all about.  You can get to that page by clicking the link Compassion.  I have had wonderful experiences with Compassion and I am so happy to blog for such a wonderful organization.  Click on the link Compassion to help a child in  poverty today!

Photo credit of Compassion International




Another very exciting thing that happened this week was I received my second letter from Sahil, my correspondent child from India...

It starts with an adorable "Thank You" Picture

as shown here







and proceeds to a very detailed letter!

Dear Emily,

Praise the lord in the jesus name, Sahil is doing well and he is happy about your sponsoring him because this is the first experience for him, he has three members in his family but don't have any pet, they are on rented house, Sahil is a active boy and has learned lots of new things by pragati (his center) he is participating very well in class.  He has made many new friends at here.  Really he is thankful to your lovely letter and liked your sent picture, please keep him in your prayers, Written by Parkha and behalf of Sahil thanking you

I love him so much already!  Take the time today to learn about Compassion!

Thank you so much for reading my blog,

Emily


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Interview with Michelle!

I have some very exciting news!  A few days ago I sent an email to Michelle from the wonderful blog, Blogging from the Boonies, asking if she would answer a few questions so that I could interview her for my blog.  Michelle is one of my favorite Compassion Bloggers and she is such and inspiration to me and many others.  Yesterday she emailed me back and sent such an AMAZING response to my questions!  So today I have an interview from the one and only Michelle for you!!!  Here are the questions I asked her...


When and how did you first hear about Compassion?
In May of 2009, I was chatting with a friend from church when she mentioned being happy that they had just received a letter from a child they sponsored through Compassion International. She very briefly explained sponsorship and how she was able to write and receive letters from the children. It was a short part of our conversation, but it stuck with me.
When I got home, I looked up Compassion online. Admittedly, part of me was skeptical and I thought I would soon find something about the organization that sent up red flags.  However, the more I read, the more positive reviews and remarks I found. Some time later, I brought up the subject with my husband and asked if he thought we would be able to sponsor a child.  (Little did he know, the sweet face of Precious from Ghana was already imprinted on my heart.) At that time, we had a piece of property up for sale and he told me that, if we sold the property, we could go ahead and start a sponsorship. Every day, I would check and see if Precious was still on the Compassion website. On the day we finally sold the property and we had the check in hand, my husband told me to go online and start the sponsorship.  On June 27th 2009, we became proud sponsors to our first child!
What do you enjoy most about sponsoring a child?
It really is such a blessing to be able to to have this amazing connection with these beautiful children and families around the world.  I love many aspects of sponsoring, but especially enjoy writing letters and reading the replies that we receive.  These letters are a way to encourage and share love. I have been able to meet many young people who were once sponsored in the program and every testimony touched on how special and important those letters can be in the life of a child living in poverty.


What is your favorite part of having a blog?
In the years that Blogging from the Boonies has grown and evolved, I have been most blessed by the many wonderful people I have come to know. While most of us have never met in person, I cherish the relationships that have come from the community of sponsors that stop by my blog.  I've been humbled by the outpouring of support and prayers when I have needed them. I've been encouraged by the generosity shown when I have shared children in need of sponsors or have offered co-sponsorship opportunities. Each comment that comes my way makes me smile and each friend I've gained is a treasure.

Once again thank you so much Michelle for the wonderful responses!  If anyone would like to visit her great blog you can do so by clicking this link Blogging from the Boonies

In his name,

Emily

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