Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blessings Multiplied

It shouldn’t surprise me that our Compassion family grew by two this week instead of by one.

Looking back through our sponsorship history, it seems like the Lord has had a knack for giving us two children at a time.

The first time we received a double blessing was in the fall of 2010.  I had asked to be put on the list for a correspondent child. Each day, I would log into the Compassion site to see if I had a new name on my list of sponsorships. One day, I logged in and saw a brand new name – Alice from Kenya. Then I noticed another new name – Kazihizina from Rwanda!

Compassion 012           Compassion 021

I had asked for one new child and received two. I knew it was an extra gift from God.

A few months later, I asked for another correspondent child. Again, I checked the Compassion website almost daily and on the day I noticed a new name on my list, I quickly realized that there were really two new names. Welcome to little Mkapa and little Madina.

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In April this year, we attended a Compassion Advocate conference and heard the testimony of Owen Githanga, who was once a sponsored child. We came home from the conference that night and my husband asked me if I had my eye on any children from the Compassion website. He wanted to sponsor another. I told him about a smiling boy who had been waiting 388 days for a sponsor. That night, we sponsored Ncheshia from Kenya.

The very next day, I was contacted by a friend who wanted me to take over correspondence for her sponsor child, our baby Akimana. Another double blessing!

Ncheshia2012             Akimana

This week, my husband came to me and told me that he wanted us to choose another child to sponsor. My heart has been for older boys, so I searched and prayed and decided on a teen from Ghana named Magid.

But, shouldn’t I know that God was working on another blessing for us? And this one just blows me away.

The back story: We used to correspond with a sweet girl named Yolanda in Guatemala. In 2010, her financial sponsor stopped the sponsorship and at that time I didn’t think we could pick up the payment, so I put out a call to my readers hoping someone would be interested in sponsoring. Someone was and I was relived to see Yolanda sponsored so quickly. However, for one reason or another, her sponsors must have ended sponsorship recently. One of my blog readers contacted me with the link to Yolanda’s page on the Compassion site. I knew that the Lord was asking us to sponsor an older boy, even though I did want to switch up our plan and sponsor Yolanda.  Instead, I shared her link on OurCompassion. I was happy (and honestly a little sad) that she was sponsored very quickly. I was sad because I didn’t know who sponsored her, so I wouldn’t be able to get any news about her, but I was happy that she didn’t have to wait long.

I received a message on OurCompassion from a fellow member who had sponsored Yolanda and she asked if we would want to step in as her correspondents. It was then that the tears began to flow. A connection with a girl we love was being restored thanks to our God and a generous sponsor.

MAgid            Yolanda2012

Two by two, our family has grown over the years. When I stand back to see God’s hand in this journey, I truly am in awe.

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. “

Thank you, Lord, for your abundant blessings!