The Difference in Sponsoring a Child

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I want to share with you what it is like to sponsor a child in Nicaragua.

Steve and I decide to sponsor a child after the Wine to Water event at church last October. The commitment was for a year and seemed like something that would fit into how we wanted to give back.

We have all seen and heard about sponsoring a child before. When I was younger, I remember this actress coming on TV and telling me how just $20 a month would make a difference in a child’s life. For your donation you got a picture of a child and a letter thanking you for your donation. You wonder how much of the $20 goes to the child and if it really makes a difference. Of course, I doubted that it all went to the kids and after a few months of sending in my $20, I stopped.

When you sponsor a child through Nica Angels, your donation is going to that child. It is clothing them. It goes towards school uniforms that are required for the kids to attend school. It goes towards school supplies. Scissors that help them learn motor skills and crayons so they can add color to their creations. It supplies them with a backpack so when they are walking, sometimes over 2 miles on a dirt road to school, they have a way to carry their supplies to school. And, it supplies them with nutrition to fuel their bodies so they can go home and work in the fields after school.

I had the opportunity to meet the child we sponsor. He was super shy and had the most beautiful eyelashes! While I was at the school, one of the parents arrived with lunch. Shelby asked her to show me all the foods they were eating. She pointed out zucchini, watermelon, rice, beans, and something else in Spanish that I could not spell or pronounce if my life counted on it. I was wondering why she asked her to show me all the foods, then Shelby turned to me and said that they were able to eat these healthy foods because of sponsors like me.

To actually see the impact of our giving struck me right in the heart. It’s a good thing I was taking pictures because I could hide behind the camera as I cried. I stood back and took pictures of the kids waiting in line and eating. Dang, we take so much for granted. We just go into the store and choose what we want, or not even getting out of the car and someone hands it through our car window. We have the luxury of choosing to be picky eaters and saying no to food. These kids don’t even have clean water to drink.

So, if you are thinking about sponsoring a child, I can tell you first hand- YOU WILL BE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” – Matthew 25:35

-Katie Van Gheem

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