A few months ago, we began sponsoring a child through Compassion International. Joy is a 4 year old boy from a small village in Bangladesh. His parents work in the fields, he likes to play with his toy car, and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. He asks me to pray that he stays well (every day, sweet boy). And he prays for me(I am so blessed!).
We chose to sponsor a child from Bangladesh in honor of the students that we taught in Detroit a few years ago. We taught for a year in the neighborhood of "Hamtramck" and a great many of our students were Bengali. We were honored to love those kids for that special time.
We hoped that sponsoring Joy would be a small way of continuing to show Christ's love and compassion to the people of this country that we quickly grew to know and love.
For a mere $38 a month, Joy receives access to food and clean water, medical care, educational opportunities, life-skills training. Most importantly, he will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God (From CompassionInternational.com) Such a small price to pay..
We are so blessed by our relationship with Joy and can't wait to see him grow into a man who desires to know and love Christ, and God-willing share that love with those around him.
For now, we pray for him daily. We read his letters. We send him letters, car stickers, and pictures of our cat. We make sure he knows how much he is loved by his far-away friends and most importantly by our great God.
Our first letter from Joy
(A few weeks after we began sponsoring Joy, Ann from A Holy Experience, wrote about her trip to see Compassion's work in Guatemala. These posts were a timely confirmation to how important this kind of service can be. I would suggest you check them out...and then sponsor a child and love them in the name of Jesus.)