Now, I could write excerpts from the many letters I have received this week from my Compassion sponsored kids, but I'm not going to do that. Instead, I am going to share the heart-wrenching (and heartwarming) story of my dear 7 year old orphan girl Angel who attends project IN308. I can't think of a more perfect name for her, as she is definitely an Angel sent from Heaven to this world. And there is no doubt in my mind that I'll be paying her a lot of extra-special attention when I go to India next March!! She will also be turning 8 years old one week before I leave for India, so she will definitely be spoiled on the Child Visit day!!
I am still trying to process the first letter I received from my sweet Angel (written on her behalf by Celine, the project IN308 accountant). I could not finish it without grabbing a couple of tissues:
"Dear sponsor Judy, greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My name is Mrs. Celine, working as Accountant writing this letter on behalf of Angel. By God's grace she is keeping fine and doing well in her studies. She is now studying in 1st grade. And regarding her parents, she is the foster child of her present parents. She was found in the drainage ditch when she was a few days old child. The whereabouts of her natural parents are unknown. She is now registered in L.R. Nagar CDC IN308. The project is a school-based project. The project involves the child in holistic development in all the four areas, namely physical, spiritual, education and socio-emotional development. The project follows the curriculum given by Compassion.
The community is situated in an urban slum [southeast of Bangalore]. The area is over-populated. The people here live below the poverty line without proper shelter. Most of the male parents here are unemployed and alcoholic. People here live in an unhygenic environment where the city's wastage water flows. The child and the foster parents are very grateful to you for supporting this very precious child. We, the project staff, are also very grateful to you for the kind support towards this needy child. The child sends her love and kisses to you. Thanking you, yours in Christ, Celine [Accountant]."
My heart was wrenched out of my chest when I read that she was found abandoned in a drainage ditch when only a few days old! But then it was filled with grateful joy that God had His eye on her the whole time, providing her with loving foster parents till this day!! And He brought her to Compassion, praise God!! He has very special plans for His precious Angel, and I feel honoured and blessed that He would use me to encourage her and speak His Word and truth into her life.
If you would like more information on how to sponsor your own "Angel" child through Compassion Canada, please click on: http://www.compassion.ca/advocate/judymyers