The Miracle of Sponsorship
“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child” is a famous saying that contains a great deal of truth. Helping children has always been the focus of Bread of Life and the staff work hard to love and care for the 70 plus children that live at the Bread of Life Orphanage. However, there is another very important aspect in the Bread of Life family, the sponsors that build relationships with the children.
Sponsorship creates a special bond between child and sponsor that grows as the child grows. Sponsors pray for their sponsored child, remember the child’s birthday with a card or a small gift, and sometimes just send a card saying, “I thought about you today”. Over time as the child and sponsor correspond, the child begins to understand someone loves them. The changes that occur in a child as they connect with a sponsor are like watching miracles unfold right before your eyes. You see a child who never interacted with anyone begin to participate with the other children. You see smiles instead of blank stares and hear laughter as happiness begins to replace sadness.
One young boy was always so withdrawn every time we visited the Orphanage. He did not participate in games with the other children and always stood alone. There was little expression shown on his face and the sadness in his eyes would break your heart. Then one day he became a sponsored child. His sponsor began to send letters and cards, and he received a gift on his birthday and at Christmas. He wrote letters back to his sponsor and the sadness began to melt away as they
built a relationship. Love made the difference and slowly he began to change and open up. He started smiling more and the sadness began to leave his eyes. The last time we were at the Orphanage he was cheerful, laughing, and having fun with all the other children. What a change had taken place in this young boy’s life! It was truly amazing to watch the miracle unfold!
Few things are as rewarding as sowing into the life of a child and sponsorship is a great way to do that. The cost of sponsorship is small, but the rewards are great, here and in heaven!