Jessica M. recently traveled with us to the Dominican Republic. Below she shares what she learned through one special child.
Sponsored children have amazing stories to tell. They have real lives, struggles, joys and bright personalities. My sponsorship story is named Manuel.
Every time I went to my parents’ house to raid the fridge I would see Manuel’s face and short VisionTrust bio staring back at me. Manuel is a young boy attending the Deaf School in Santo Domingo that I visited in 2012. As I was prepping for a return visit in March of this year I was excited to meet the face that had been staring back for so long from just below the fridge magnet.
As my team leaders prepped us for the struggles to come on our trip they mentioned “that kid.” The kid that caused his teacher to need a little more prayer than the others. The kid that would start a fight with his peers for no reason in the middle of class. The kid that required a miracle for any chance of change in his violent, distracting, and destructive way of life. “That kid” was Manuel.
Once we got to the Deaf School I was expecting the worst. However, the worst that happened was a sassy comment and a cute smirk from Manuel as he stalled at the water fountain when he should have been in class; definitely not the horrible attitude I was prepared to encounter. As day two of our visit came to lunchtime, our team leader excitedly shared that her class just had the coolest discussion. She had addressed the topic of transformation in our lives, and one student raised his hand to share about the change he had experienced in his own life. He told the class that he used to be a really bad kid who made bad decisions, but because one of his teachers dedicated time to him and shared the love of Christ, he had accepted Jesus and is now a different person. That kid was Manuel.
Because of sponsorship Manuel is able to attend school. Because of sponsorship Manuel hears about the incomparable love of God every single school day. Because of sponsorship Manuel is not just a picture on my parents’ fridge, he is a brother in Christ. He has a personality, a sense of humor, a smile that lights up a room, a place in heaven.
Because of God, sponsorship is fruitful. Because of God and how He has shown Himself at work through sponsorship, I have decided to sponsor a child myself. I now see the importance of it.
Sponsorship is so much more than $40 a month. God loves a cheerful giver. Please pray about sponsorship and if it is something you are led to, do it cheerfully with the knowledge that you are helping further our Creator’s kingdom. Do it so “that kid” can realize he is “His kid”.