As you know, it was my birthday a few days ago. I just wanted to share something cool that happened, which you can call karma or luck or whatever.
I have sponsored a child since I was nine years old, and the time has come for her to graduate from the Compassion project. At the end of their time with the project, you are given the opportunity to give above and beyond what you've given monthly to support them.
Well, I wish I could give her a good chunk of money, but as a stay at home mom, I don't make much money (sadly), so I decided on an amount that is a bit of a stretch for me, but I could do it. It might mean the kitchen countertops that I really want are on hold for a bit longer, but what do you do? Priorities! My sponsor girl is from Haiti, and as we all know, Haiti is still a mess. I don't feel right sending her off into the world without giving her one last gift.
In our world, we give gifts of money all the time, but very rarely do the receivers go out a buy goats and clothes for the family. In her world, that is what she would do with her money.
I mean, the only scenario where gifts and goats could remotely be related would be the instance of going to a goat farm for your birthday or something. That's a stretch though!
Strangely enough, I did have a goat photo on my phone... You never know when you might blog about goats!
I digress... So, anyways, I had decided this amount I wanted to give, and even made a payment on my credit card of that exact amount. Then, I went and got the mail, and had a card waiting there for me from a special person with a cheque for... Guess how much? That exact amount. Is that cool or what?
At first, I didn't even want to write about this experience because I'm not trying at all to say something like, "I'm so generous, look at me!" It just presented an opportunity to talk about sponsoring a child, so I had to write about it. Someone is looking down saying, "I told you so. You could do it."
There are more times than I can count where things like that happen. It's making me start to really understand that someone has their hand in my life guiding me along the way. And that what goes around, comes around.
... for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:7)
I happen to be a Compassion Advocate too, so if you would like any information about sponsoring a child, please contact me. I'd be more than happy to set a child up with a sponsor.
It makes a difference; I can tell the difference it's made in my sponsor child from 17 years ago. Now she is a happy, grown woman ready to take on the world, despite everything she has gone through. Now, we have a beautiful, new sponsor girl, also from Haiti.
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