I found out this morning, while catching up on some blog reading, that yesterday was National De-lurking Day. A “lurker” is someone who reads a blog, message board, etc. but never posts. Delurking Day is apparently a day to “call out” the lurkers and ask them to comment and de-lurk! Seeing as I generally get anywhere between 100-200 visitors a day and have about a dozen faithful commenters, there are a whole lot of you out there who could introduce yourself! Will you? Maybe just say hello? Or tell us who you are, what you’re interested in and how you found this little spot in the blog-o-sphere? I would love to hear from you and check out your blog, if you have one. :)
In other news, I was able to do another Happy Dance at the mailbox yesterday. Inside one of those treasured tan envelopes, I found our very first letter from Kazihizina in Rwanda.
I will tell you, every time I look at this sad face, my heart tightens up. We were assigned to be Kazihizina’s correspondents in October of last year and I contacted Compassion to find out a little more about her history. The information I was given broke my heart to pieces. Kazihizina used to get letters from her sponsor, but at the time she was assigned to us, it had been YEARS since she had gotten a letter, much less a gift of any kind. I look at her face and I see a girl who can’t help but wonder why her sponsor stopped sending love and letters. Needless to say, she has been showered with about a dozen letters in the last couple of months and we also sent a gift.
I was happy to get our first letter from her, even though it was written by project staff and basically shared info that was already in our child packet. My husband and I were talking last night and we both know that Rwanda isn’t one of the great letter-writing countries. We also know that, because of her past and essentially being deserted by her sponsor, Kazihizina may never really open up to us. We are ok with that. We know that our ministry to her isn’t dependent on the number of letters she writes to us or the details she shares. Our ministry is to be a constant source of love, support and encouragement, regardless of what we get out of it.
Kazihizina’s letter shared her birthday and grade in school. We were told that her parents are farmers and that the recent crops have grown and rainfall was available, which is great. She wished us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A simple and basic letter, which still caused Happy Dancing because we love this girlie and will take any connection to her that we can get.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Don’t forget to leave a comment and join in A Day Late National Delurking Day!