September is “Blog Month” at Compassion International. As a Compassion Blogger, I’m thrilled to bring awareness to this wonderful ministry. For several years we’ve sponsored Oscar and Alexandra in El Salvador, and it’s always exciting to get their letters and hear of their progress.
Our goal this month is to get sponsors for 3,160 children. You can find out about sponsoring a child by clicking here: Compassion Child Sponsorship.
This assignment: the story behind the picture.
“School is for rich people,” my brother whispered.
I was four years old when I first noticed the procession of big kids making their way through town. The girls wore the same skirts and blouses, and the boys wore the same pants and shirts.
RED. My favorite color.
“Why can’t we go too?” I asked.
“Because we don’t have the money. Only ‘town kids’ go to school,” he answered.
I asked Mama about it later. She said we lived too far up in the mountains, and that we’d have to leave home if we ever wanted to go to school.
I couldn’t imagine leaving my family. I was Mama’s “big girl” and helped her take care of my brothers and sisters. What fun we all had! My sisters and I giggled at night as we brushed and braided each other’s hair. When we snuggled under the covers, I stayed awake until their breaths became slow and regular.
I could never leave them.
One morning we heard clunking in the distance.
Clunking meant trucks, and trucks meant excitement of some kind. My sisters and I ran to greet it. The truck screeched to a halt and the driver hopped out.
“Is your mother at home?”
We rushed into the house and dragged Mama outside to talk to the man.
“A new school is coming to your village!” the man announced. My sisters and I squealed.
“Don’t get your hopes up,” Mama warned, but we watched the doubt drain from her face as the man continued. Finally, she smiled at us and nodded.
A uniform of my own. RED.
When we sponsored our Compassion kids, I put some thought into the selection process. Since I have a son and a daughter, I wanted to sponsor a boy and a girl. And so I would always remember their ages, I chose Compassion kids who were 10 years younger than each mine.
Did you realize there are selection criteria? YES, you can choose a sponsored child based on
- Affected by HIV/AIDS
- Mentally or Physically challenged
It’s seriously worth checking out –>
Sponsor A Child
“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine,
you did for Me.” ~Matthew 25:40b
Now for the comments, I’d love to hear what YOU see in the picture!