This letter contains a birthday card...
for this little lady, who lives in Indonesia, whom I have never met, but nevertheless, love.
How could you NOT fall in love with this little face? I believe Yukke was 5 here. Smitten, I was.
Her is Yukke again (in the pink headband). Isn't she darling? She is a year or two older than in the original photo.
And this is the most recent photo I have received from my darling Yukke. I was shocked when I received this photo last year, so shocked I called Compassion International to inquire how I might check on Yukke's welfare.
They were helpful, but I have no certain assurance that she is alright, other than trusting her care to the Lord and to Compassion's expertise.
I have also called them after earthquakes and tsunamis to check on her village. Again, the staff were helpful and kind and thankfully, Yukke was not affected.
I hope to someday meet Yukke. The very fact that that is possible is the major reason I chose Compassion for child sponsorship. I wish I would have done this MUCH sooner. I hope to sponsor Yukke til she graduates.
And I get letters from Yukke!!! That is always a happy day at the mailbox. She draws me pictures and makes things for me and I have even wept, standing my the mailbox, as I traced over her drawing, imagining her little hand on the other side of the world, touching the same piece of paper, I now hold in mine.
Do you sponsor a child? Have you ever considered it?
My experience with Compassion has been stellar. I would highly recommend them as a great agency to work with. I was able to choose a child whose photo "spoke" to me. From a country I chose. The sign up process was easy. I have the payment deducted from my bank account every month. They send lined paper, with clear instructions and self-addressed envelopes to encourage easy correspondence with your child. A translator will translate and read the letter to the child and help them respond (if they are a pre-reader/writer).
Compassion sends me reminders about Yukke's birthday and again at Christmas time, where I can give an extra donation to make a memorable day for my little one. They allow you to write letters to your child on-line, too. I have not done that because I like to send stickers and bookmarks, etc., but I might try it.
I love this child. No, really. I do.
Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. Here is a link to Compassion International's website.
I hope to add the sponsorship of another child (I am praying about a second Compassion child or I have my eye on another agency in Vietnam, where I might be able to connect with a little one in a country Mark and I love).
So much more rewarding than another pizza takeout night. :D