When Rob and I first moved in together we decided that we would sponsor a child through World Vision. We chose a country – Guatemala – where Rob had travelled before we met, and found ourselves with a small 4 year old boy’s photo arrive in the post a little while later. Each month we sent off our $42 (or whatever the amount was/is) and for the past 10 years we have received packages, updates, photos, letters from his Mother and seen him grow into this big kid. While correspondence was the standard Christmas or birthday cards provided by World Vision with a small update about where we lived, moved to, children had, animals that came and went, it became part of our lives, and we all looked forward to the updates, drawings, letters and photos when they came.
On Monday we received a letter to say that Dary’s family had moved away from the project that World Vision runs in their community. It may have been a hard decision for them, maybe not, we’ll never know. Of course there are other children, there will always be children and communities that need our support if we can offer it, and of course we will offer what we can, but I can’t help but feel a little…I don’t know. Something. So many I wonders? I won’t pretend that there was more to the relationship other than a transaction of us helping and World Vision taking and making a positive change and difference to a community and the lives of the families that live in it. But still…something. I have no doubts that we helped the life of this young boy, now young man. I hope his new life is a good one. I hope his family are healthy and well. I hope.
Do you sponsor a child through World Vision or the like?
Have you ever had a sponsorship end?