Last year for Christmas, I had one thing on my wish list...to sponsor a child from poverty, and to be even more precise from Bolivia. After visiting there months prior and learning of the Compassion International program, I couldn't have been more impressed of the great work of God's people saving children from poverty one smile at a time. I could go on about the amazing (and true to the ropes) program, but it wouldn't be right to not go on about what truly touched my eyes, ears, and heart.
A whole new world...a world where a community of children are being raised on a landfill, literally. Homes are small shacks with dirt floors that barely hold all it's members. However it is one of the happiest worlds I have ever been in. Simplicity to the ninth degree. Kids with smiles, hugs, an eagerness to learn, a desire to have God as the center of their hearts. Nothing but mind-blowing, humbling, and gut wrenching at all the same time.
Regardless of the journey those 11 days, the one detail that I couldn't let down was how these are all children of God no different than my two children. No different.
Well, as much as you try, they won't let you bring any home in your suitcase. So last year for Christmas, my wish was to become a sponsor. After a domino trickle of events, we were given Nayerli. Chosen solely based on the fact she and Emma we so close in age, and in her picture she had on a pink dress. (pink being a favorite color around this place - I know, hard to imagine, right?!)
After our first letters of correspondence, we discovered Nayerli loves to draw. The next letter spoke of her crafting and her love to dance. And then a picture of her precious smile with the front tooth missing. She truly is a clone to Emma.
So for a small price to pay, Nayerli is our sponsored daughter. It warms my heart to know she is now able to participate in a program that will teach her school work, skills, and a love for God. Her opportunities in life have opened like a flood gate. Opportunities we would only want for our Emma and Hope.
We love to look at the moon and know it is the same moon Nayerli can see at that very same moment. There isn't a day that goes past we don't think of her and pray for her. She is truly a perfect member of our family.
Happy Birthday Nayerli!!! We love you to the moon and back!!! xoxoxo