7.07.2011

Compassion

When we started the adoption process, we ended up choosing Ethiopia based on a variety of practical reasons, and after a ton of praying for God's guidance.  Well, He put Ethiopia on our hearts in a big way, and we decided we wanted to do more for the country.  Adoption is a beautiful thing on many levels, and while International adoption helps a country like Ethiopia find loving homes for its millions of orphans, we felt the need to also be involved in an ongoing ministry to children still in Ethiopia.  

Somehow we found our way to Compassion International and their child sponsorship program.  Within a week of signing up, we got Yesakor's photo and information.  He is fourteen, likes football {soccer}, lives in a remote town with his father and three siblings, and wants to be a doctor when he grows up.  We are honored to be a part of this young man's life and see how God will work in him -- and us-- through this program.
solemn Yesakor
In addition to providing a child and his family with healthcare and education {you can read all about Compassion's wonderful program and what it provides here} the sponsorship program is also designed to build a relationship between sponsors and their children - through letter writing, occasional gift-giving, and even personal visits, which we had the amazing opportunity to do while we were in Ethiopia.
Keith and I with Yesakor
We spent an afternoon playing soccer, sharing a meal and visiting the zoo with Yesakor, his father, and two Compassion staff.  One of the staff, our host and translator who aspires to be a veterinarian, was a man in his early 20s who had grown up as a sponsored child and has a very close relationship with his sponsor - a woman from Australia.  He had only great things to say about Compassion and their programs, having experienced them from the other side. 

It was amazing to meet Yesakor, a precious young man who lives halfway around the world, whose life we are able to help improve through Compassion's wonderful program.  After witnessing the genuine concern for children and warmth of the Compassion staff in Ethiopia, and speaking to Yesakor about the impact Compassion has made on his life, we are confident that this program is making a difference in the lives of children around the world.

I believe in Compassion's mission so much that I have decided to dedicate all proceeds from advertisements on my site to their organization.  If you would like to get involved in changing a child's life and have a shop or site to promote, please contact me to set up an ad.  You can read all about my policies here.  Of course, another way to get involved is to directly sponsor a child, which I can highly and unreservedly recommend.  
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