Saturday, January 22, 2011

Chances Are….

Chances are… if you were looking at the Compassion International website or a table of packets at a Compassion event, you might be looking for a girl.  From what I hear, girls get sponsored 2 to 1 over boys.  You might be looking for a younger child.  Generally, I hear that the younger they are, the easier they are sponsored.  You might be looking for a sweet, little girl with pigtails or ribboned bows in her hair.

Chances are… if you came across the somewhat scowling face of a lanky framed teenaged boy, you might just keep looking.

Chances are… your eyes might not land on Erick from Kenya for more than a second before you keep looking.

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Though the odds are stacked against him, I am going to ask if any of you might be willing to take a chance on this young man.  A couple of days ago, I was sent his packet so that I could find a sponsor for him.  His birthday is May 29th, 1997 and he lives on the plains of Kenya.  He lives with his father and mother and 2 siblings and he enjoys playing soccer.

Erick’s profile is not available on the Compassion website, but if you feel a tug on your heart when you look at this young man, please contact me with any questions you may have.  I have the info available and could send you the details you need to go to the website and start his sponsorship.

Just a few more things to think about…  At his age, it is probable that Erick has already had at least one sponsor drop his sponsorship.  Being a teen, he is that much closer to starting a family and being the Spiritual Leader of it.  He needs encouragement and support.  Will you be the one to take on that task?  If so, contact me through comments or email and I will get back to you shortly.

 

((((Editing to add:  Our God is good.  In fact, He is SO good that I am happy to report that Erick is now sponsored!! Can I get an Amen?  Thank you, Bev!! ))))

~Michelle

14 comments:

Amy D said...

He looks like he has CHARACTER!

You are such a vessel to finding sponsors for these kids and I have NO doubt that someone is going to bless him. :-)

Teena said...

praying for him. Thank you for sharing with us.

Michelle, is there a place to print the form letter... I called Compassion asking and they said they would send some but they haven't.

I appreciate you so much....

hugs,
Teena

Bev Sykes said...

Have you had any inquiries about him? I couldn't find an e-mail address for you. Mine is basykes@dcn.org. Tell me more.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Teena, do you mean the printable Compassion stationary? Check my Letter Writing 101 post, there is a link in there.

Bev, I will email you. No inquiries yet.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Amy, thank you, sister! I just do as the Lord leads me when it comes to these kids. It is all for Him.

I bet he does have character! My letters from our teen boy in India are always full of neat details. At first I was worried about what I could possibly write to an older boy, but it comes easily with prayer.

Judy said...

AMEN!!!

~Debra said...

Praise God he has been sponsored!

We sponsor two boys. We chose our kiddos based on their birthdays, not ages or sex. We thought our sponsored kids sharing the same birthday with our kids would be a tool for us to encourage them to not only celebrate their own birthday but a Compassion friends birthday as well. This way, they are not thinking only about themselves. :-)

Katie said...

Amen!!!!!!!! God is good. It breaks my heart - the young boys so need to be sponsored for some many reasons (I wont rant on your blog! :) ) Praise God.

Jill Foley said...

Awesome! I love watching you be faithful and seeing God bring in the harvest.

melodysadventures said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog. We have only been sponsoring our child for 2 months, but it has already been a blessing for us. You can read more about our journey to sponsorship here on our family blog.

http://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/compassion/

Emily, a traveler said...

Amen Amen! I was almost ready to write and say "Pick ME!" So now I'll have to go look through some other pics of the older boys with ATTITUDE and see if God points any one out to me. :)

Junie said...

I agree about choosing an older child to sponsor. Our fella in Honduras writes detailed letters and asks questions. He has been saying he's having a hard time in school. I'm trying to encourage him to continue studying and to ask the Lord to help him. I pray he won't drop out of school. So, it is very true that the older kids need sponsors and sometimes alot of extra encouragement. I would definately recommend and encourage choosing an older child. Of course, pray and ask the Lord to guide you.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Debra, I think that the birthday connection is a good one to have. It helps our children to get a perspective during a time when many are concerned about getting present.

Katie, I hear you!! These young men will someday be the Spiritual Leaders of their homes and children, so it is crucial that they have a firm foundation!

Jill, I am just so happy to be a part of God's plan when it comes to these children. Happy to be used for His glory. :D

Melodysadventures, I will check out your blog!!

Emily, it is amazing that you felt that tug and were ready to stand up and answer. God will use that eagerness in good ways!

Junie, having raised girls, I was intimidated a bit when I was assigned teenaged Johan in India. I will say that he has been such a joy and his letters are always so very interesting!

Praising the Lord!!

Sarah said...

You are right. I do sponsor two young girls.

My sister and my nephew each chose teenaged boys because they knew the "chances are"...

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