Sometime in late November, I volunteered to coordinate the sponsorship of three children with Compassion International through our church, LifeBridge. When a child is sponsored, the child sends an introductory letter and we received several pamphlets explaining more about the daily life of our sponsored child. All three of our children happen to live in Dominican Republic, which is a place the Tar Heel holds near and dear to his heart because he went on a mission trip there several years ago.
When the Tar Heel and I started attending LifeBridge, he began volunteering with the Production team right away and I found my place in the Children’s ministry, called UpStreet. I thought it might be a fun idea to blend my duties of coordinating Compassion International with the kids in our children’s ministry, so this morning we had our 2nd/3rd grade students and 4th/5th grade students write letters to our sponsored children. I can honestly say this was the GREATEST EVER because the letters are just precious!!! I have transcribed one of the letters I received this morning below. I just HAD to share this.
“Truly I say to you, Unless You turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens.” Matthew 18:3
My name is Lindsay, but most people call me Lou Lou. I am 11 years old. I go to Lifebridge Church. In fact, my parents are the people who started it. Before now, Lifebridge was tiny. There were only 5 or 6 families coming to my house. After we got some more people coming to my house, we moved to my school, May Howard Elementary. We were there for about 2 years, then we moved to the Island YMCA, which is were we are now. I am in my last year of Elementary school. I heard that you were doing really well in school. Congradulations. I really like my school, and I am in the smartest class. I am not kidding. Everyone is at least on honor roll. My teachers name is Mrs. Dillon. She really likes to do science expiriments IN CLASS. She is really sweet. I hope your teachers are okay. I would like school a lot better if there were only nice teachers. Another thing I do not like is the music. At my school, when we go to the lunch room, they have to play music so we don’t talk. I only know a little bit of spanish, but I am really interested in it. There is a spanish club at my school, and I am the president. I get to sometimes teach the classes! I am also the president of the whole entire school. It feel good to know that everybody knows me, like when I am walking down the hall, random people will say hi. I don’t even know any of them. I do have a lot of friends, but the most important thing to me is Jesus Christ. I feel that he has touched my life in so many ways, like knowing the connection to talk to you. I really hope you have let Jesus into your life. He is really, really important. No matter how bad things are, He will always be there. If you haven’t let him into your life, I would really think it would be cool if you would talk to someone or to pray to god about it. If you think you are ready for IT, just ask God to clean you of your sins. Also ask for the Holly Spirit. He will be there for you always. He will also be there to help you make tough decisions in your life. You should also forgive any others that you have hurt. It feels really good to be a brand new person. People like you make the world go ’round. I have really enjoyed this time writing to you. I hope you will appreciate this letter. Make sure that you and Jesus are best friends. Keep him in your heart forever if you already know him. I think it is cool that we could talk. Maybe we couldn’t talk in person, but this letter should be enough for you. Don’t forget about God or Jesus. Thanks a lot.
Is Jesus your best friend? If not, you can learn more about why Lou Lou hopes Jesus is your best friend HERE.
You can sponsor a child today with Compassion International HERE.
May we all grow to once again have faith like a child,