As we are finishing up blog month for Compassion International, our final assignment to to write from the perspective of our sponsored children. We (the boys and I) only just picked our child and have yet to sit down and write him even once. He is from Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Haiti is a place I long to visit but for now can only imagine. I can only speculate what he’s thinking but I do know he has a birthday soon and the fact he now has a sponsor surely adds to the excitement. So, keeping this in mind, here is my attempt to write from the perspective of our recently sponsored child. (Just a side note, I am aware our sponsored child has a sibling but I have no other information.)
I am very excited to be having a birthday soon.
I am big!
The best part is that I have a sponsor!
Having a sponsor means I can learn everything.
I also live with my mom and a sibling.
I can teach them everything.
I do chores at home. I carry water for my family.
There are many people around us.
Some live in tents because of the big earthquake.
I want to make things better for my family.
I want to bring them away from the smells of trash and sewer.
I want my mother to have a home, with real walls.
I want my sibling to have toys he/she can play with.
I want to take care of everyone I love.
As I stated before, I cannot even begin to know the thoughts of this child. I have no real knowledge of what poverty is like. I do know when I was 16 and spent three weeks in Mexico we touched areas of poverty. There was one village we ministered in that in order to take a shower we would step into a 3-walled shell outside, someone would hold a towel or sheet acting as the door, and another person would pour the ice cold water over our heads. We were there only two days but that was 15 years ago and I can no longer recall the smells of true poverty. Poverty is an issue everywhere and no child deserves to live in relative squander, regardless of birth and/circumstances.
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