Monday, May 21, 2018

The Wait is Over

Last month was Compassion Sunday at our church.  I have spoken at our church for
Compassion International for several years. I love Compassion International and believe in
this organization 100%. I have seen it work! I have met Compassion graduates and seen
how CI has changed their lives.

At our church we have lots who already sponsor.  We are a somewhat small church... 200-250. We have about 40 children sponsored through Gracepointe! Isn't that wonderful!

This year as I looked all through the packets of children waiting to be sponsored. We had some
older children this year.  One that caught my eye (and heart)~ Sondo. He had been sponsored for
10 years....  just like one of our sponsored boy.  Only Sondo's sponsor stopped in Nov. 2017.

The thing is.... Sondo was only 17 months from graduating from the Compassion program. I called and inquired.  I found out that Sondo had not received a letter since March of 2016. My heart broke.

For the next few days I could not get Sondo off my mind. I wanted him to finish the Compassion program and I want to write him every month, send birthday gifts and a family gift. I want him to know that God connected the dots and added him to our family.  Most would think
he was already grown (especially in our country) but Compassion has a certain age that they "age out."  When inquiring about him....  they said he lives with his mom.  When you sponsor a child you not only change the child's life but you also minister to the family.

I knew with the children we already sponsor that I would not be able to financially sponsor Sondo. My heart was so stirred and again, I could not get him off my mind. I kept thinking about how I could work it out.....   I truly believe God was working all things out.....   I believe He gave me the idea to post his picture and ask for help on our church's Compassion page and our home school page.

You will never guess what happened?!! All 17 months have been paid! Several gave 1 month, a few gave 2 months, and a few gave several months! God is faithful!
This is Sondo! I have sent his first letter. I wish I could see his face when they tell him he has been sponsored! Most of the time when an older child loses their sponsor it is not likely for them to be sponsored again.

I can't wait to hear from him!

The video above doesn't play ... you have to click and go to youtube ... it will come up. It is an amazing video.


Friday, April 20, 2018

All My Words.

Looking back..... I have blogged here at blogspot for 11 years. I spent some time this morning reading back over some of my post through the years. A lot has changed through the years.

When I a started this blog in Jan 2007 - both of my parents were still living. My youngest was 3.5 years old and my oldest was 21.

Time moves on.....

I am so thankful that I have shared our journey here.

Over the years I have struggled with how much to share ~  but, wanting to always be real. I read a book by Karen Ehman called Zip It. It is a 40 day challenge to choose kindness~ to choose our words wisely. Karen talks about what we text or write too... not just what we speak. 💗

I love words. 💛

With all of our computers woes the passed few years I have blogged less.... but, I still love it and plan to continue journalling here. I love Instagram. Its like a mini blog. I've been on Instagram since 2012. Lots of words in these places of mine. May I always choose my words carefully!

I would love for you to leave me a comment ...sharing how long you've been reading here at my place!

Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord know it completely.
 Ps. 139:4

Grace, Teena

Grace~ Teena

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Eric Cuno Doing His Homework

I found this today in my drafts. Oh my heart!
This is right around the time we sponsored Erik!
Our friend Kees sent it to us, he is the one who told
us about Erik needing a sponsor. Kees visits Bolivia often!
So thankful to peek in! Erik is 14 now! We have sponsored him
for 6 years as of this week!

Compassion has made it so easy to write to our sponsored
children... with the compassion app on our phones it only
takes a few minutes! They cherish our letters!

Do you sponsor a child through Compassion International? I would love for you to share!
It has truly changed our lives!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

It Snowed in South Georgia!

On Jan. 3, 2018 it SNOWED! That is so rare for our area.

It hasn't snowed here since 2010! Even then it wasn't as much as it was on the 3rd of January!

Lysa was home still on Christmas break. I'm soo glad she was here to enjoy this special memory with us! 

Our home. SIMPLE... but we love it. 

So  very thankful for our day of snow. We are summer/beach people so one day of snow is enough... but we loved how pretty and beautiful it all was....  my three musketeers played and had snowball fights! A day for the memory books!