It’s been quite a while since we sponsored little Jeferson Ernesto Suchi Aguilar. The boys have been asking me over and over if we could send him food, clothes, and other things. Compassion doesn’t allow us to send goods, but asks instead that we send cards, letters, and other things like that to let him know how much we love him. Of course, we can make monetary donations at any time to help him with those things the boys wanted to send.
So I asked them if they’d like to draw him some pictures – and they were all over it! Cole knew he liked cars, so he made him a card with such a sweet “I Love You” message on the outside and some little cars on the outside. Madi scribbled some beautiful art, and Tyler drew him the sun shining on some flowers. I taped a photo of us inside a card with a message. I told the kids that the best we could do for Jeferson was to pray for him…and they smiled at that.
Just in week 2, and we’re already a few days behind. This weekend was a family camping trip, so that left little time to perform this week’s service project. This week, we adopted a child from Compassion International. As Cole and I sat downstairs staring at the computer screen filled with little faces, we waited for Tyler to come downstairs to help us pick our child. I secretly prayed, God, am I doing the right thing? Here I am trying to so hard to save our pennies, and now we’re going to put more money out each month.
Then, as if God answered my prayer – as he always does – to show me that this was the right decision…my four year old son came down the stairs singing, “Oh no, you never let go, through the calm and through the storm…Lord, you never let go of me.”
And I just knew…adopt that child.
Cole is reading now and reviewed the list of countries, so I let him decide. My goal is to one day visit our child as a family. Only God knows if that will ever happen, but just in case there is a chance, I thought I’d help Cole choose a country fairly close to us. Guatemala was the winner. They were so cute as we read about the boys available in Guatemala. They chose Jeferson because he likes cars. They wanted to see where the country was, so I showed them on the globe.
Tyler asked – is he going to live with us? I explained how it worked to him and then has asked, are we going to meet him? I can always count on Tyler to ask the right questions!
Anyway, I suspect that Jeferson will become a large part of our 52 weeks as we make him gifts and cards throughout the year. And hopefully one day we will meet him and his family to share in God’s bountiful blessing together.
Here is a photo of our newly adopted brother, Jeferon Eernesto Suchi Aguilar.