Today's word is STAY.
|Trying to capture the perfect "family picture"|
I remember when I went to Honduras to visit my sponsor child, Daniela, and I thought we were intruding on her time by the end of the visit. I couldn't read on her face if she was thrilled or excited to see me. She looked rather scared and moody. But what almost-13-year-old doesn't look that way? Also, you please imagine having three Americans come to your country who look rather hot, red, and sweaty.
So near the end of the visit, I asked for both families, along with the interpreter, to sit in the church-building and talk with each other. It was quite a moving experience, with the mother bursting into tears and praises for us and our love and prayers and generosity.
I came home feeling good about going, but unsure of our real effect.
Months later, I received a letter from Daniela. She said,
[paraphrased] My family and I wish that you could have stayed longer and seen our home. I wish you could have visited longer.
I was flabbergasted. We did not spend as much time with her as we hoped, but we thought that was due to the organizations's regulations. We did not know we had a choice on how long we visit. Who knows, maybe we didn't.
But what sticks out to me is that Daniela and her family wished that we had stayed longer.
And I thought that we were an intrusion. My anxiety and nervousness blinded me to the love that was there.
Friends, there are a handful of bloggers in Peru right now visiting with Compassion International children and blogging about their experiences to us here in the States. Would you read along with me? Their stories are chilling and momentous and huge and tiny and miraculous.
And I am sure that each and every family they come across...I am sure that their wish is it that these Americans would stay. The hope and love that these folks bring them is priceless. The hope and love that you, through sponsoring these children, is priceless.
So join me as I read the blogs these marvelous volunteers are writing here
and think about sponsoring a child through Compassion * ?
Stay with these children all of their years. Be their beacon of hope and love and point out God in their lives.
* To clarify, Compassion International is not the organization I went through to visit my sponsor child, Daniela, in Honduras