We sent a few gifts to our sponsored child a few weeks ago when Ben visited him in Bolivia. A soccer ball, some shirts, a few family photos, some drawings from the girls and a letter from myself.
I've already mentioned how amazing it was to talk with him on the phone finally after writing letters to him for these past 12 years. (I was able to talk with him and see him at the same time via facetime on the iphone.)
One of the most memorable moments of our conversation was when he said, "Look! I have all your letters!" and he showed me a notebook with every single letter and photograph I had ever sent him. I couldn't believe it.
But then, I jumped up and ran to get my notebook filled with every single photo, drawing, and letter he had ever sent me.
We were seriously both crying as we showed each other our collected correspondence.
That one conversation was a gift enough for me, so when Ben returned home, I could not believe that he had sent a few gifts for me and the girls.
Ben said that he saved up enough money so he could buy us something. He sent me that bag in the top photo. It's beautiful and makes me smile every time I wear it because I think of our sweet sponsored child.
He also sent the girls these gorgeous pencil cases--perfect for our little artist girls. They think they are quite fancy now that they have their own pencil case to keep their things in. (Lucia's isn't pictured, but it's similar.)
I know I talk about Compassion a lot and for those of you who aren't familiar with it or are skeptical of how they manage the sponsorship money, there's a great website called Charity Navigator that helps people decide which charities are worthy of their donations by rating them on various criteria. They compile the information and help you make an informed decision. It's a useful site whether you choose to donate to Compassion or any other charity--you can check out Compassion's rating's here.
If you've been thinking about sponsoring with Compassion or are just curious and want to learn more about how you and your kids can make a difference in the life of a child living in poverty, you can visit Compassion's website here.
Of course, I would gladly talk more with you about it, so feel free to leave a comment or email me anytime!