P in the A-Z challenge is the last in my “Compassion Goals” series, and do you remember last week I was telling you about the Brazilian equivalent of Alex and Jonathan? Well, I don’t know whether Jonathan’s sponsor is reading this blog, but if they are, I want to thank them for choosing him. Alessandra is still waiting …
This week I want to focus on a place that’s home to a few of my Compassion goals: The Philippines. I’ve got kids there already, so I’d love to go and meet my girls, and the boy who wants to be a seaman when he’s older. I’ve heard that sometimes you have to climb a ladder to reach homes in the Philippines (houses are built on-top of each other), then manoeuvre yourself through a hole to get inside. I’m not sure how I’d cope with that, but if it was my child’s home, it would disgust me to stand at the bottom of that ladder. I’d want to follow in their footsteps – to climb up the pile of shacks they’d been climbing for years, get into their space and meet their family and know how they live. If I’ve sponsored a child and tried to get close to them, how can I not put myself out to identify with them?
I also have a special goal for my girl Cindy. She’s not a teenager yet, but has always been very bright. After child-sponsorship, Compassion choose a select group to progress onto their Leadership Development Programme. There is one in the Philippines, and I’m hoping Cindy might be chosen. LDP students sometimes go to the US or the UK to speak about Compassion and how being a sponsored child changed their life. Perhaps if I don’t meet Cindy in the Philippines, I’ll get to meet her that way.
The Philippines is very special to me. I’ve seen video footage of children over there, so I can imagine my kids in their projects with their friends and what a group of them would sound like. I want to keep that connection and continually be sponsoring there. I think when it comes to choosing another Filipino child, I’d like to sponsor in the same project as one of my girls. Twice now, when there have been typhoons, I’ve heard that Jennylyn’s centre has provided for her family, and both girls’ centres are great at photographing them if I’m able to send any extra gifts.
What about you? Have you ever visited a country like the Philippines, and would you like to sponsor there? Well, how about Princess (that’s what my name means, and I love the name of her project), Sofia (from a family of 7 children), or Allan? Allan is my dad’s name, and this Allan (like my dad) was born in December and likes swimming. Again, I’ll leave the choice to you.
Thank you for reading about my Compassion goals these last few weeks, and for looking at the children I’ve selected. Please keep the ones who’ve yet to find a sponsor in your prayers. We were asked as Compassion Bloggers to ‘Change the story’ for children in poverty in the run-up to Compassion Sunday, which is this Sunday (21 April) in the US, so a very happy Compassion Sunday to you, and to all my fellow-bloggers who’ve been writing along-with me.