I lost a child yesterday. Thank God it was not a loss due to death and it was not a biological child. My first Compassion child that I started sponsoring in 2004 will no longer be a part of Compassion International. Carlos Jose will be moving to the United States from his home country of the Dominican Republic. I know I should be happy that he moving to our country where opportunities (and food) abound. But his letter left me in tears. I didn't think I was so attached. I was not going to let the sadness last for long. I pulled up the Compassion website and with my family's help we chose a new child to sponsor. I knew that I wanted a girl this time and my heart was with the children who had been waiting longer than 6 months for a sponsor. Our search ended with little 4 year old Selina. She lives in Tunisia. I now have her picture on my desktop and every time I see her I say a prayer. I look forward to many years of letters with Selina.
If you are not already sponsoring a child with Compassion, please pray about it. It is only $32 a month. Even when we were so poor we couldn't feed ourselves, we remained faithful. God blessed us through those times.
James 1: 2-6 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NKJV) Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Books We're Reading
* Bible (daddy to family morning and night) * Hank The Cowdog book 1 (mommy to kids) * The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Autumn) * Treasure Island (daddy to family) * Uncle Tom's Cabin (Autumn) * Desiring God (Michael) * Be Fruitful and Multiply (Michael) * Secret Garden (mommy to kids) * Managing Your Chores (Autumn) * Common Sense by Beck (Autumn)
Books Read (since July '09)
* Charlotte's Web (mommy to kids) * Biblical Hermeneutics (Michael) * Island of the Blue Dolphins (Haley) * Liberty and Tyranny (Michael) * Sinner by Dekker (Michael) * Teaching the Trivium (Michael) * The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (mommy to kids) * The Duggar's 20 & Counting (Michael) * Little House In The Big Woods (Haley) * Abel's Island (Haley) * Black Like Me (Autumn) * Farmer Boy (Haley) * Preparing Sons for a One Income Family (Michael) * Stuart Little (Haley) * Stuart Little (mommy to kids)