I had written posts to introduce each of my Compassion-family, but Ellen made me think wouldn’t it be good to have a page with their names and a bit about each one? So, for anyone new to the blog, here they are. I have a great deal of respect for Compassion as an organisation and hope to keep sponsoring for many years, so I expect to be adding others as God blesses me with them.
My first sponsored child, Jennylyn lived with her grandmother. Please keep her family in your prayers. My most memorable quote from her? When she told me my skin was smooth like a fresh fruit! Someone pointed out that fresh fruit over there could be a luxury, so maybe it was very complimentary. Sadly, Jennylyn was also the first child I had to say goodbye to.
I was looking for the youngest-possible child to sponsor and a ‘Mistake’ had been made with her date of birth, so when she was 5, I thought she was only 4. Of course, God doesn’t make mistakes. He knew what a devoted letter-writer she’d be, and the good relationship we’d have. I think it’s sweet when she thanks me for loving her.
Graham Russel: Philippines
His family and I call him Russel. I started sponsoring him when some friends came back from the Philippines, having seen a family share 1 boiled egg between 7 people (I’ve never known that kind of poverty). Russel says he wants to be a seaman when he grows up.
Junior is my eldest. I sponsored him in 2010, after the worst Haitian earthquake in 200 years. I heard about Haitian people singing praises to God in the midst of the rubble and my heart was touched, but I had the feeling God didn’t want me to give money to the disaster appeal, but to do something longer-term instead. Junior’s a part of his country’s future and it’s a privilege to sponsor him. He finds school difficult, but is absolutely determined to succeed. He asked me to pray God would give him more intelligence!
In August 2014 I didn’t feel I could commit to another financial sponsorship, so I took on a correspondent-child. As I write, I’ve only had 1 letter from 12-year-old Maureen. Impressively, her first question to me was had I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour of my life.
Eya and Esha: East India
My twin sister, Louise, lived for 5 months. Because of her, I’ve always been interested in twins. It’s very rare for 2 children from 1 family to be taken into a Compassion-project, but when I found out twins could be sponsored, it was something I really wanted to do. I couldn’t resist these 5-year-old girls, and mine and Louise’s photo stands next to theirs – a lovely way to remember her.