Sponsors: Nick Vujicic

Here is another compelling visit of a Compassion sponsor — Nick Vujicic.  In this film he visits a child in Colombia (not his own sponsored child, but one with a story of hardship).  You will not soon forget this video!

Sponsors: Jon Bauer

Here is another featured Compassion sponsor — Jon Bauer.  He’s a musician who enjoys supporting a child in El Salvador.  Take a look at his visit with his child:

Sponsors: Jared Hall

This week I’m featuring Compassion sponsors. These people are making a huge difference in the life of a child. You can too! Click here to sponsor a child!  Here is Jared Hall, Illusionist!

Dogs in Africa

We didn’t see a lot of dogs in Africa, but I have a few to show you from our trip to Kenya.  We did see a lot of other animals, besides the ones on safari.

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And we saw these dogs; aren’t they cute?

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African Signs

Here are some of the signs we saw near two of Compassion’s Child Development Centers in Kenya.

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Muuo’s Dream

We had just arrived at Muuo’s project in Kenya, and now we had a chance to learn more about their ministry, and to meet the very people who support Muuo and over 300 more children through their tireless work.  Here is the Project Director, Julia.

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We also met social workers and the accountant, as well as other leaders employed locally by Compassion for this particular child development center.

Meanwhile, Sarah and Muuo were having fun with her phone; they were taking selfies and she was showing him some photos from her work at NASA, which he was thrilled to see.

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They showed me Muuo’s file and I was allowed to look at information about his activities at the project, health and academic reports, etc.  Then the funniest thing happened.  There was a standard form in his file that told about his sponsor and correspondent (me).  Some of the blanks were empty and Muuo asked me to fill in the information, since he’d always wondered.  It was my delight to complete the paperwork in person!

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Next they showed me the notebooks where Muuo has been composing his letters to me.  They were almost exactly what I had been receiving from Compassion (obviously, teachers helped with grammar corrections later, but there were few errors).

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They pointed out that they had lots of notebooks, since we have been writing so much, and that this has made Muuo very happy!  It’s been a blessing for me, too, to receive regular correspondences from all my kids.

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I couldn’t have been more pleased, than to think that my short letters to him have been so important in his life.

Now it was time to go to his home and meet his family!  We were all so excited.  This is Muuo’s home and family.

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We also had small gifts for everyone.

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Muuo’s mother gave me a lovely purse.

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Then she showed me her cooking area, and I asked if she minded having her photo taken.  She was very gracious and willing to pose for me.

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I fell in love with Muuo’s sweet, loving parents — Kalalya and Anna, of the Kamba tribe.

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As with Jerica’s family, we freely hugged everyone, not realizing it might have been against normal cultural customs.  But they were very loving towards us, too, just like before.  There’s something special about knowing you have been praying for each other for years, and knowing that you each share concerns and dreams for your own children, and for each others’ families as well.

The kids were adorable!

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We’ll never forget the wonderful opportunity to meet this amazing family.  Their faith is strong; they are loving and generous.  Just like the previous day’s visit, we sensed that they work hard and provide in every way possible for their children. Life is not easy,  but I’m pretty sure they’ve never complained.  They’ve provided a good life for themselves, but through the sponsorship Muuo now has the opportunity to attend school, stay healthy, and realize his dreams of becoming, not a pilot, as he thought in his early years, but a pastor, like his older brother.  This is his greatest dream and motivation now, he tells me, and I’m so very grateful for his faithful sponsor and for the opportunity she’s given me to be his correspondent.  I’ll tell more about the home and project visit in the next post.

 

 

Meeting Muuo

The second sponsored child I got to meet in Kenya was Muuo (for the previous sponsored child visit click here).  I’m not his sponsor, but I am his correspondent.  You see, receiving letters from sponsors is so important that some sponsors ask Compassion to provide a correspondent for them.  Perhaps they sponsor too many children to write them all, or they are unable or unwilling to write, for whatever reason.  But by their own request they can make sure the child is receiving letters from another willing person.  Several years ago I asked to be a correspondent and this child packet was sent to me.  You can imagine my joy and excitement about having yet another child to write to.  Muuo was adorable!

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Can you guess what this little boy in Africa said he wanted to be when he grew up? A pilot!  Well, this fit our family perfectly because our son is a commercial pilot, and he wrote to Muuo a few times, too.

Now we were going to meet Muuo in person.  Like before, the first thing we did with the Compassion representative was go to a store to buy food supplies for the family.

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The first person I saw was Muuo running out to the car to hug me!  It happened so fast that I don’t think my kids were out of the car yet to get a photo, but we got these pics very shortly after the first hug.

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Then he showed us around the complex.

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We heard that he’s a very important member of the soccer team.

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Here is the church that Compassion partners with to provide support for children in need — meals, immunizations, education, technical skills, social and leadership skills and discipleship.

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This is the cook that we met — Kioko.  In my next post, you’ll see some of the delicious food he prepared for us!

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