How long have you been following my blog? Has it been since 2008 when I first launched it or have you recently stumbled upon it? If you’ve been around since the early days, you’ve come a long way with me and hopefully, something in your life has been made a little bit better because of the stuff I’ve written over the years.
I know my life has changed so much from when I first launched this blog. The life I was working toward, praying for and prophesying is the life I am living today. When I first started this blog, God began giving me glimpses of the life He wanted for me, it was almost too hard to believe it.
In early October, my husband Germaine and I traveled to Honduras to serve a ministry based in Tegucigalpa. We were there for 7 days and in that time God moved on my heart in ways I could have never imagined.
I never thought I could fall in love with a group of children so quickly and have them impact my heart in ways I thought only my children could.
About a decade ago, God began calling my husband and I to do more with our time and resources. This was around the time we began working on become debt free. Since that time, God has taken us on a journey that’s involved sponsoring two children through Compassion Ministries, Supporting Operation Christmas Child every year, financially supporting missionaries, regularly donating and now sponsoring another sweet little boy through the Lamb Institute where we served in Honduras.
Have you heard the news? My husband and I are going to Honduras in partnership with a local ministry in Tegucialpa.
We will be working with a locally run outreach ministry called L.A.M.B. They run several ministries in and around Tegucigalpa, including the Alonzo Movement, a ministry to get boys and girls off the street. They also run a safe house, school, and a children’s home.
We will be sharing the love of Jesus of Christ, working at the children’s home during construction, and playing with the kids. It’s going to be a full week of listening to, learning from and loving on the people we meet in Tegucigalpa.
The neighborhood we’ll be serving is largely Hispanic, so we’ll be participating in bilingual worship.
Please pray for this mission trip experience. Pray for our team who is going – that we would learn about the community we’re visiting and grow closer to Jesus.
Pray for the community members who we meet – that we could love and honor them well. Pray especially for the kids who we’ll get to do ministry with – that they would connect the love we show with the love Jesus has for them.
In addition, please consider supporting us financially. The cost of our trip is $3,000 with $1,500 is due by July 15th. Between my online tribe here at A Proverbs Wife, family, friends, and fundraising we should be able to have the deposit on time and the remaining balance before we leave.
Financial gifts can be made through Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org using this link. Again, thank you for your support.
I will be tracking the fundraiser in my planner and sharing updates on Instagram as the boxes get filled up. I drew this mission trip tracker so that I can see where we’re at when I’m away from my computer.
My plan is to share as much of the process with you as possible. This is new territory for us, so we’re in the learning phase. We have many friends who are missionaries that are guiding us in the process and it’s been helpful.
I will share updates as we get closer to our travel date and also share updates while we’re in Honduras. Most of them will be YouTube so make sure you’re subscribed to my channel.
Let me leave you with a video I made last night about our decision to become missionaries.
Thank you for allowing our family to take care of Smohal. Everything that happened in the process of choosing her was divinely ordained. We are blessed and deeply honored to have been chosen by You to care for her financially.
Lord help us be faithful to this obligation for as long as You desire. And help us be sensitive to Your leading in sponsoring more children.
You know our hearts desire for those in need especially women and children. You’ve laid this passion for the hurting on our hearts and only You will be able to help us fulfill the what You are calling us to.
Thank you Lord for giving us the courage to sponsor a child despite all of our personal financial obligations. You know the sacrifice it will take to send this money each month but we have faith that You are able to perform what ever You’ve called us to do.
We’ve put off sponsoring way too long because we thought we should be completely debt free first. But You know how my heart wouldn’t stop aching. And You know how my conscience would convict me every time I saw a hurting child.
“Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?” Job 30:25
While it wasn’t clear at first if we should do both the sponsoring and debt freedom journey simultaneously, I went with my gut and it felt right as soon as we chose Smohal.
It was You that helped me take the step in faith this month and I’ll need Your help again every month until my faith is stronger.
You know our financially situation and how much we desire to be debt free, but I don’t want $38 toward our debt to be the thing that prevented one child from coming to know You.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
We are humbled that you’ve given use hearts for world missions and while we are not sure about how we will get there we do know that You are leading the way.
Give us faith for this journey. Help us to keep our eyes on You.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Do you feel like God is calling you to sponsor a child? If so, head over and choose a child who’s waiting. If you are undecided or this is not something you can do right now, consider visiting Compassion.com and praying over the children.
- Pray for them to receive sponsorship
- Pray for them to know Jesus
- Pray for God to protect them
I’ve been talking about sponsoring a child during the entire month of August. I was really pumped up during the first two weeks of the month. As with most financial investments, I don’t always start out knowing where the funds will come from.
For most families to take on another financial responsibility outside of their regular month expenses means sacrificing something. You’d either sacrifice time to work extra hours to make more money or sacrifice something you need or want.
I decided to sacrifice time and began working on this project. I made a commitment to use the proceeds to sponsor a child each month but the proceeds did not equal enough to sponsor even one child. 🙁
The decision to sponsor a child is a huge deal to me and not something that I take lightly. My biggest fear in making a commitment from my irregular monthly income is that, “what if I can’t afford it one month?” 🙁
I don’t want to let down a child that is depending on me. What it really boils down to is
- I lack 100% faith. (I’m at about 20 – 30% depending on what my income looks like)
- We can’t afford it with out any extra source of income.
- We are on a lean budget and where every dollar counts.
As I sit here and write this, all the the above comes off sounding like excuses. I used them to talk myself out of what I know I God is calling me to do.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. — Proverbs 31:20
There will never be a right time to sponsor a child. If I wait until I am debt free and have more spending money, it won’t be an act of faith.
I don’t think God is asking me to sponsor a child out of my own ability, He’s called me to do it out of his ability to provide.
As I went to do my online banking this morning, I saw that my banks Way2Save program helped me accumulate $33.75 during the month of August. That money has not been designated to any other financial responsibilities so could I consider it God’s way of providing?
I then added to that the $6 I made from the project I mentioned earlier and that put me at a grand total of $39.75.
I hurried over here to see how much it would cost to sponsor a child and it is $38. My total un-designated money was a little over what I needed to sponsor a child for this month. 🙂
I started this article with the intention of not sponsoring a child. I even thought about not mentioning it again to you all just hoping you’d forget my commitment, but I couldn’t forget it.
I couldn’t forget how I felt when I got the email in August that Compassion International wanted me to blog about child sponsorship during the month of September. It was like another confirmation that sponsoring a child is what God wanted me to do.
So now that the money is in hand, I’ll sit down with the kids and prayerfully choose a child.
If you are feeling like God is calling you to sponsor a child but don’t quite know where the funds will come from remain faithful to His call and wait on Him.
Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it. — 1 Thessalonians 5:24
In the meantime, consider heading over here and praying over the children.
- Pray for them to receive sponsorship
- Pray for them to know Jesus
- Pray for God to protect them
Are you a child sponsor through a group like Compassionate Ministries or Save the Children?
If so, I want to feature your story on my blog next month. During the month of September I will be sharing my journey to becoming a child sponsor.
Many of you gave me a lot of feedback when we had the child sponsorship discussion earlier this month.
As a result, I’d like for you to share your heart and your story with APW readers.
Please email me at email@example.com and type “CHILD SPONSOR” in the subject line.