We were first introduced to “Compassion International” at a Jesus Festival. We would make the yearly trip and set up camp with our then teenage children and their friends to hear and enjoy latest in Christian music. Compassion International always had a representation at these festivals. They are an organization that I most definitely recommend.
As a family we chose children that we wanted to support from other countries. I’ve had the best relationship with a girl named Kimberly from the Philippines for over 2 decades now.
Each of the children we originally adopted and sponsored have now grown up and moved on. I told myself that with each new grandchild, I would pick another child to sponsor. I would do my best to pick the same gender and a similar birthdate. I figure this way I can easily write and relate to them in the years to come.
As I went searching one day for a little boy around the age of my second grandson, I noticed that there were several children that had been waiting for a very long time to be adopted and sponsored as a Compassion child. My heart was moved and I also chose a few older children along with someone the age of my grandson.
One boy in particular writes to me often and has recently asked me “why him”?
He wants to know why I chose him and what was it that I saw in him. I think he might have come to the conclusion that at his age, he would never be adopted and supported.
It occurs to me that when we become a child of God there is absolutely no waiting. He doesn’t set us aside to see if we make the list or not. He doesn’t ask us to perform certain tasks to qualify. When we come to Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we immediately become a child of the King of Kings. We are His adopted children and His love for us is greater than we can ever grasp.
“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”