Heather and her husband Mark went on a mission trip to Colombia to visit the child they chose to sponsor.
To tell my story is to tell a story of every person on our Mission trip. A story that is so intertwined that only God could create something so beautiful. It’s a story of love.
The idea of going on a Mission trip was planted in my heart for many years, but the timing and financial commitment never really aligned. I felt like I could do more, but I didn’t know what “more” looked like.
When CCV launched Compassion at Christmas in December of 2017, there was no doubt this was my next step. Sponsorship was an easy decision. I had something to give and there was someone out there in need. I could make a difference! We were encouraged to not look for the perfect child, but know that it was the face of Jesus. As my husband and I reach out our hands to pull two sponsorships, we had no idea how those packets would change our lives.
I put so many obstacles in the way, but when we signed up for the Mission trip to Colombia, God removed them all. I wanted to see the work that was being done and to meet our children. The reality is that my sponsorship is not only impacting an individual child, but there is a ripple effect through a family and a community. I was helping to provide the message of Jesus.
I learned so much about Compassion, our sponsored children, and myself. Thousands of miles away, down a little dirt road, in a small one-bedroom house, when asked about the letters that I had sent, a mother walked over and pulled out every letter written to her daughter. Maintained in perfect condition, as if something precious, I looked through the words and photos sent. I am a part of that family’s story.
My message is simple…write letters!
Once a month, all the letters arrive in one packet. It’s a special day at the centers. Lets make sure that every child has a letter. Don’t think of your sponsored child as a pen pal and wait to get a response before sending another letter. Your letter is not only impacting that child, but also everyone around them. The same message that Jesus wants us to hear is the message that they need to hear: they are chosen and they are loved.
The power of a letter. It can change someone’s life forever. The only question is…is it their life or mine?