Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Child

I love Compassion. And truly, the past six months we've sponsored two little boys, Francis {in Africa} & Basil {in Asia}, have changed our lives. We have learned to look outside ourselves a little more. To complain less. To realize how truly blessed we are and how many people across the world would give anything to have even a tenth of what we have. And on the days when I feel down and like everything is falling apart, I think of Basil and the only photo I have of him, showing him barefoot and thin, on the dirt floor of what I presume is his house. Or I think of Francis, who is being raised by a single mom along with his 2 siblings.

But Compassion isn't about pity. It's about hearing that call God has put upon each of our lives when He said "I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me." It's about realizing life is more than just this little bubble we put ourselves in- and that it's not about us at all. Think about it- if we turn our backs on these kids, where else will they hear about Jesus? Who else will cover them in prayer and shower them in love? Can we guarantee someone else will come along and fill in the gap?

This year I signed up for a program with Compassion called "Christmas Child". We were assigned a beautiful little girl that is awaiting Compassion sponsorship, and we promised to pray for her and try to find her a sponsor. I knew all this. What I didn't anticipate was the intense desire to help this little girl that would come over me when I saw her picture.

She's a beautiful little girl. Her name is Winnie Yusuph Hassan and she lives in Tanzania. Her birthday is June 9 and she is 5 1/2 years old. So sweet! This is what her folder says:

Winnie lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her grandmother maintains the home. Winnie works at home carrying water, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.

Playing house, playing with dolls and jumping rope are Winnie's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Your love and support will help Winnie to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.

Please please consider (and pray!) sponsoring this sweet girl. The words I've written really don't do her justice.

$38 a month. That's it. $38 to change the life of this sweet thing and show her the love of Jesus. And I forgot to mention- you will get letters and drawings from her at least twice a year (though it can be more! We've heard from Francis at least 4 times in the few months we've sponsored him!) and you will get to write her letters as much as you want. You can send her photos of your family (they treasure them so dearly!) and even bless her with a gift at her birthday and Christmas, or other times if they work better for you. This truly will change your life, I promise you that. Just try me. ;)

If you are interested in sponsoring Winnie, please do not hesitate to leave a message and I will get more info to you. I really really want to get her sponsored by Christmas!

I just have to warn you. Once you sponsor her, your life will never be the same. <3


  1. Hey! I am doing this Christmas Child program too. Dont lose hope; God will send someone to help her!! :)

  2. She is so sweet! I love the miniature sized suit jacket she is wearing. Hope you were able to find a sponsor for her!

  3. She's so cute :) We are now sponsoring too!


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