Saturday, January 29, 2011

Did I Say, “Eight Is Enough?”

Because, apparently, God has other plans. 

Friday night, I logged into the Compassion International website and immediately noticed an extra name in my list of Correspondence kids.  Welcome to the family, sweet little Madina from Uganda!

madina

She’s five which makes her the baby of our Compassion family. I think she is adorable and my own daughters were squealing while looking at her cuteness.

I will admit, my first reaction was a bit of doubt.  “Can I keep up with the letters?”  I considered calling Compassion to tell them that we couldn’t take her. My second thought was, “God knows what He is doing here.  She’s a blessing and we will find the time to send her monthly doses of love and encouragement.” Who are we to refuse God’s blessings?

Just this afternoon, while driving, I heard someone on the radio speaking about the Great Commission.  Jesus said that we are to reach out to all nations and  teach them about his commandments.  The speaker said something that stuck with me.  The Great Commission wasn’t just a suggestion, or “The Great Suggestion” as it was put. No, we are commanded to put our Faith into action and reach out to share the Gospel.

God knows what He is doing and He is blessing us with the responsibility of reaching out to one more child.  Thank you, Lord!

~Michelle

19 comments:

Jessica said...

I feel really good with my 4, but when I see your numbers up to 9 it makes me wonder if I should consider more correspondence!

Cathrine said...

This is so exciting!!!

Zeeuwse Mama said...

She is absolutely adorable. I've 6 correspondencekids now, and I said last year 'no more' to Compassion. But this year I send an email to say that I still will be on the list. So I understand your feelings ;-)

Last night I was at a concert as an advocate with the stand of Compassion, and 12 kids got sponsored!! So, be happy with me!! There was one teenager from Tanzania that got sponsored, and that was special. I wrote about it at my blog, but it is Dutch, so I don't know if your able to translate well with google...
I lóve it to be an advocate!

heatherinin said...

I had a question that I was wondering if you knew the answer. How often do they normally update the information online about the children? Is it seldom? One of our sponsored children has info that was updated in March 10, but the other was last updated in 9/09. Is that common? We do still get letters from her, and I think there's not much that would change on the list, but I was just curious.

Judy said...

I think it's awesome that God gave you number 9! She's so adorable! Have fun with the writing...and I'm sure your girls will help! ;)

The Burgess family said...

It's so cool that you keep getting these surprises! I'm a little jealous ;) but you ARE a good choice to be acting out the Great Commission in this way. "Great Suggestion," LOL! That's pretty good and thought-provoking!

Bev Sykes said...

It's a disease, isn't it. LOL. But a nice one.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Thanks for sharing my joy! My husband was at a Bible study last night when I discovered Madina and I went to bed before he got home. This morning I told him, "I think you should read this blog post..." He was immediately grinning and Awwwwwing over her.
Heatherinin, the info and pictures get updated every other year. for the child who was updated 9/09, you should get new photos by the end of summer!

steph said...

Holy cuteness!!! What a sweet surprise and you know how blessed she will be and you will be for such a commitment! It is exciting as if He has a special reason for you to have her.
We just recieved our second correspondence child yesterday and I am very excited but a little nervous as all our kids are 9 and 11 and she is 14. I was wondering since you have some older kids if you have some good ideas on what to send? She is from Indonesia and has not recieved a letter since 2001 which breaks my heart.
Congrats on your new addition- you are totally equiped for it!

faithlikemustard said...

Did you give Compassion and unended "yes" to correspondence or do they just see how faithful you are and keep sending little ones your way?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Megan, when we found a sponsor for our Yolanda after her sponsor dropped her, they asked me if I wanted another correspondent child. I told them yes and, because I feel my heart is really pulled to Africa, I asked for a child in one of the African countries we don't have represented in our family. At the time, that was Tanzania, Uganda and Togo. Well, Mkapa was our Tanzania boy, then came Madina from Uganda as a surprise. Now, I am wondering if we have one from Togo on the way. lol They might have thought we wanted one child from each of the African countries?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Steph, I would think a 14 year old girl would love pretty paper, stationary, stickers etc/

Jill Foley said...

Pretty soon you will have to do what I do - type up a general letter to all your kids, then add in some personal touches (answer questions, ask new ones, etc.) When I surpassed 10 kids I had to switch to typing my letters : ) I still send them through the mail, but my hands couldn't handle hand-writing that many letters each month!

Junie said...

Oh Michelle, she is absoulutely adorable. I wish I could give her a big hug ! I'm sure you do too ! The Lord is truly using you in a wonderful way and I am rejoicing along with you Michelle! I was smiling and all excited for you and your family ! I was thinking of signing up to be a correspondence sponsor too (you have inspired this) smiley face ! But, i haven't been doing as well as i would like to be with the kids we sponsor now. But, it is an exciting idea. We are supposed to get drifting snow (eek) so i hope to finally get some snow pictures to send the kids. God bless you Michelle ! What a blessing to receive 2 new kids in one week !! Love, Junie

Teena said...

Michelle, she is beautiful! wow. So excited for you!

I didn't know that about how they update. So we received Ucok's update in 10/09 so we should get a new one this year? YAY! I was thinking about this the other day.

We receieved our first correspondent child in Dec. She is from Ethiopia. We have sent her first letter and our pic, plus 2 emails... but we haven't received our first one from her yet. Does it take you awhile to receive the first one from your correspondent child?

also, I need some of the letter writing paper. Do you write on different things? Oh and when you send sickers, coloring pages do you just put them in an 8x11 envelop?

thanks for all your help... I have learned so much from you!

hugs,
Teena

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Teena, in my experience, Ethiopia isn't a great letter writing country. We hear from our Yishak just 3 times a year and he doesn't give us very much info or answer our questions. Letters take a loooooong time to travel. He is sort of our test in faithfulness, to pour our love and encouragement into while knowing that we will not form a good bond with him. Maybe others' experiences with ET are different, but I just want you to have realistic expectations.

I use the Compassion paper provided. I either copy the one they include with letters (with the info and barcode already printed) or I use the PDF file they have (which cam be found on my Letter Writing 101 form). I do always use a 9X12 manilla envelope when I mail. I think I am at the point where I will have to start splitting up my mailings into two groups because "stuff" for nine is going to be a tight squeeze. Plus, with Ghana, Kenya and Uganda being English speaking, I am going to be sending more softcover books to those children, which take up a lot of room.

Kelly said...

What a sweet photo! She is adorable!

Kimberly said...

She is just a doll! I just received my first compassion sponsor information today! What an amazing feeling. Thank you for sharing your process!

Bev Sykes said...

I thought I would share this with you: http://compassionkids.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-horns-of-dilemma.html

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