After I had my last baby I went through a period where I felt the need to do something for someone else. I felt we had everything we needed, we lived such a full life, while there were so many people who don't. It just seemed to happen more and more that whenever I went online during that time, up would come world vision ads. I couldn't get it out of my mind anymore, so I started looking into it. I searched for someone Jessica's age, and it was not hard. There were several girls who were her twins, but Jovia stood out. Her eyes were pleading at me to care for her. Even their names were sort of similar. I prayed about it, talked to Daniel and Jessica, and we all felt like we should do this. I have not regretted it since, not one bit. I just wish and hope that one day we can sponsor more children like her, as big a blessing as it is.
With Jessica being homeschooled, I saw this as a great opportunity for her to learn about other cultures. For now, this is the only 'social studies course' she takes. And because she is (so far) an only girl, I thought this would be a special way for her to 'adopt' a sister.
Here is a part of the letter:
Dear lovely Sponsor.
This is Jovia saying hullo! How are you doing? I was glad to receive your letters. Joy filled my heart and tears rolled down my eyes as my helper read word by word of your letters.
Thank you for the gifts you enclosed there in of your family photo and lovely letter from Jessica. Send my greetings to Jessica. I loved the way she writes. I am trying to copy the way she writes.
Then she goes on writing about the weather and her school. Actually it is not her writing, but a world vision staff who writes for her. She included her name in her own handwriting at the end of this letter, and it made me extremely happy to see she is making progress in school. Her grade marks have been pretty good so far.
It is very rewarding to know that because you sponsor a child like this, she can go to school. Plus, her family has enough to eat. One family's life is changed for the better, all because of your $1 a day that you are willing to sacrifice. Believe me, it is worth it. I would encourage more people to do this; you will not regret it.
Michael Landon Jr. has made a film in Uganda about two orphans that I cannot wait to see; here is the trailer for it. It takes place in Uganda; I believe not far from where Jovia lives.
I will leave you with two verses that come to mind right now:
Matthew 17: 5 "And whoever receives one such little child because of My name, receives ME."
Luke 16: 9 "And I say to you, Make friends for yourselves by means of the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles".