In my advocacy for Compassion International, I have read so many things about the program. I have listened in to training calls and attended conferences to learn more about the work Compassion International does around the world.
However, the one thing that really seems to bring home this message is the testimony from people who have benefitted from Compassion’s programs. In every story I have heard from one of these young people, being involved in Compassion was a pivotal turn in their life.
When talking with Jey Mbiro at a Advocate conference in 2011, he was asked where he thought his life would be without Compassion and he didn’t have to think twice before he gave his startling answer. “I would be dead.”
During the 2012 Advocate conference, Owen Githanga shared how his time in the Compassion program helped his move past the paralyzing thoughts that he was not important.
Today, I have the testimony of a young woman who was brought into the Compassion program in Rwanda. I’ve edited her words very minimally, just to help with some grammatical issues. I am thankful for this opportunity to share her story with you.
“I am going to share with you my testimony and how Compassion International really did great things in my life until today. I am called Nsimenta Ritah. I am 23 years old and I was born alone - no brothers and sisters. My dad died when I was still very young and my mum died when I was joining senior two in high school.
After the death of my mother, I really suffered a lot until where I said, “Why me, Lord? Why cant you just take me, too?” But in that bad and sorrowful situation, I was studying, helped by Compassion paying school fees and others. But my mum’s family abandoned me until now because its now almost nine years with out seeing any member of the family. And you know why they hated my mum very much? Because she was affected by HIV AIDS before she died and they thought I am affected too. We used to sleep with empty stomachs, crying the whole day wondering when will this life get better?
Sometimes we think that we are alone but God is always there for us.
In all that situation my sponsor loved to send me letters, encouraging me and telling how life will change positively, I really love her with all my heart - she made me who I am today. So I don't know what I can tell you, but when I am talking about God's grace upon my life through Compassion, I always cry and thank God because He has more than a thousand ways.
He loves more than we think.
I love my sponsor! It’s not that she had a lot of money to help me, it’s because she had kindness and a compassionate heart to help people like me. And its my dream that I will sponsor a child because I have seen a lot and I always get hurt to see children who are our there suffering. But God has plan for them. So Compassion did a lot in my life and made me who I am today. It’s really a blessing that I have been sponsored by the same sponsor. I am looking forward to continue my Masters Degree if God can make another way for me but he will find that way. I believe that because He also did what I wasn't even expecting in my life.”
I was so blessed to read another testimony of how Compassion really works to lift up those who need some support.
Like Nsimenta mentioned, most sponsors to not step up to this task because they have a lot of money. In fact, most sponsors that I know personally have very modest incomes and lifestyles. Yes, it takes a step of faith to take on the financial commitment, but, as we have found, God blesses us beyond measure when we give up some of what He has blessed us with.
The hope and the opportunities you can provide with $38 a month WILL change at least the life of that child you decide to sponsor. I would be willing to say that sponsorship has the potential to also change you and your family, too.
Are you ready to take that step of faith today? Please click the banner below to look at the children waiting to be chosen by a sponsor.