I was just on Facebook, checking to see what all my friends and favorites were doing like one does, when I came across a post from Compassion. I had 'liked' them a while back when I discovered them through another blog where the blogger had gone to Africa to meet the teenage boy she sponsored. I thought 'What a lovely thing to do..I would love to do that' and left it at that. Tonight was different. Compassion posted about a few hundred correspondent children that where in need of sponsors. No cost, just a promise to write the child at least three times a year. I thought ' I can do that! I would LOVE to do that!'. So I did. Little did I know what The Universe had in store for me when I visited the site after seeing a post from another fan about all the new babies that were up for sponsorship. Babies? I have a baby. I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old as well. And a baby. A vulnerable, innocent, baby.
So what do you think happened when I visited the site and searched the children needing sponsors by age? BABIES IN NEED all over the page! The first child I saw was a 1 year old named Tania from Bolivia. My sister's name is Tania. I took it as a sign, fought back the tears welling up in my eyes, swallowed the lump in my throat and signed up as a sponsor right there and then. Yes. I am now the sponsor of a baby in Bolivia. And somehow part of me feels like I was destined to be this little girl's sponsor. And yet another part of me is wondering how I am going to keep from sponsoring MORE children? There are SO MANY children in need, living in parts of the world that are DANGEROUS, have NO CLEAN WATER, NO FOOD. MOTHER'S that don't have the means to care for these children, but desperately do what they can to survive.
I am so lucky. YOU are SO LUCKY. And blessed. WOW, are we blessed! The fact that I am writing this blog post on my new iMac with my iPad beside me with a space heater running to keep me warm as I drink my clean water makes me feel a little guilty. And humble beyond belief.
I am going to ask each and everyone of you. Can you spare $13, $20, $40....how about $80? If you can spare any of those amounts you can buy a Christmas gift of food, safe water for a lifetime, medical needs for an infant for a year and even equip a family with livestock. Makes you feel pretty silly asking Santa for that new expensive gadget now, doesn't it? I feel silly. All I want for Christmas is for the needs of every child on the Compassion International's website to be met. Clothing, food, education, you name it. THAT is my NEW Christmas wish.