I thought I might hold on to this until my Monday Mail Call post, but I just can’t do it.
In June, a sweet young lady named Mary-Catherine went to Ghana. (You can read about her trip on her blog GhanaBound.) I had met Mary-Catherine through social networking and I asked if she might have room in her luggage for a small bag of gifts for Precious. She did and I was able to fill a gallon sized ziplock bag with some things.
I wanted to send a small purse, but after looking through the stores, I decided to make one for Precious instead. I found colorful fabric on super-sale and dragged out the sewing machine for the first time in quite a while.
I was pleased with how it turned out, lined with purple fabric and even an inner pocket for small items.
For Precious, I also picked out a cross necklace and earring set, a yellow handkerchief (because yellow is her very favorite color), a small ball, a kaleidoscope, a box of crayons, pencils, a few sharpeners, a toothbrush and a kitty beanie baby.
For her two sisters I sent small stuffed bears, angel necklaces and a toothbrush. For brother, a small stuffed bear, some matchbox cars and a toothbrush.
Yesterday, this wonderful picture came in the mail.
While the exposure of the photo is a bit off, we can see how excited the kids were with their gifts. We even get to see the newest addition to the family, a baby sister born this spring. Best, of all, the look on Precious’ face.
In the two years that we have sponsored Precious, we have been blessed with many extra photographs of her. (Some projects don’t have regular access to a camera, but it is obvious that GH220 does!) Through the years, we have watched Precious grow physically, but we have also seen a growing of her confidence.
I picked Precious out of the sea of children on the Compassion website, because of the scared and shy look on her face. The first few pictures we received had the same sort of look. Face turned down with shy eyes looking up at the camera.
Then, last year, we started noticing a change. Her head was held higher, her gaze into the camera was more direct.
Yesterday’s photo revealed the most confident and happy Precious we’ve seen.
I teared up in the driveway, walking back from the mailbox. You know, we don’t do any of this because of what we get. We feel that the Lord is leading us to think outside of ourselves, to do what we can for others, to give without the expectation of receiving anything from it. But, the bottom line is that I do receive feelings of overwhelming happiness and joy from the connection that our family has with these children.
Getting this photo seriously made my day!
As we kick off the first weekend of Autumn, I hope that you find joy, peace and blessings with your family! Enjoy!