I'm fulfilling two assignments at a time today. I signed up to be a blogger for Compassion and this is the first assignment that I'll be doing for them. And for the last several months I have been part of the God-sized Dream Team with Holley Gerth and about 100 other women...we've been sharing on Tuesdays little bits of this dreamy life we're called to live.
Today these two paths merge.
The GSDT assignment is to write about our favourite non-profit organization and Compassion happens to be mine. Compassion's assignment is to imagine life as a mother in another country...so here goes.
A few years ago we had the opportunity to visit Compassion International's headquarters in Colorado. We loved the time they spent with us showing us what they do and how the money we send them every month gets used to make life better for our sponsored child in Ecuador, Jordy.
With Mother's Day already a memory I have been pondering what my life would have been like had God decided to plant me somewhere besides this affluent society I happen to be a part of.
I wouldn't have as many living children as I do. All of my kids have needed intense medical intervention at some point in their life. Josiah couldn't get out on his own, there's a possibility that both of us wouldn't have made it left on our own. Abby would probably be okay. Sam would have died due to the complications associated with his heart condition. Sasha would have survived birth but probably not the burst appendix. Elizabeth was premature and required neo-natal care, she, too, probably wouldn't have survived. I'm certain I would not have considered raising a stranger's child who also had plenty of medical issues and would have succumbed to croup early on.
In my imaginary world I have only one child to care for and that child needs medical attention for heart problems she has recently developed. But I probably wouldn't be as concerned about that as I would be about making sure she had a good education, food, water, clothing and shelter. These would be my main concerns. I no longer have a husband because he, too, died for lack of medical care. It is common in our village.
Her job would be to collect water from the village well, if there was one. Together we would try to coax the dirt into growing something that we could eat. Our entire existence would be one in which we look for and try to find ways to gather food and resources. She would not have the option of ballet or jazz, piano or guitar. She could sing, but perhaps she wouldn't feel like singing.
I have dreams for my daughter. She is smart and beautiful. She could get out of the cycle we live in. She could have a store or go to the city and work for someone. I do not have dreams for myself. Maybe I did once, but that was long ago. I can dream for my daughter.
As a mother in poverty I watch carefully over my daughter. I have been approached more than once to sell her, but I will not do that. Many daughters have disappeared and never come back. I know that evil men are making money from the bodies of these young girls. I watch her carefully, she does not leave my side or go off on her own, it is too dangerous.
There is a school that missionaries have set up in our village, she is safe there during the day and she loves to learn...oh how she loves to learn. Some foreigners explain to me one day that my daughter has been sponsored. That means she will be able to continue in school, she will have clothes and food. Our village will have a clean well. I am weak with relief.
My daughter teaches me things that she learns in school. I learn how to make jewelry that I can sell. She is able to get the medical attention she needs. My life and my daughter's life are changed because of sponsorship. We write to the foreigners and try to explain in a few words how thankful we are. My burden is lifted. My daughter will have a better life than mine and that is all that I want.
Sponsorship does not require that much in our western world. $41/month is a small percentage of my grocery budget a month. Less than what I spend on milk per month. Less than one pair of shoes. But it does so much. Consider sponsoring a child today and help make their dreams come true.
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