Wish I could say there is a timeline on when we will sponsor another child.
A strategic plan per se.
But there is no such plan just a goal to sponsor at least 40 children and partner with at least 7 organizations.
Those numbers came to me during my quiet time and have been my road map. My beacon of light to guide me towards my God-sized Dream.
I never really know when another child is going to become part of the Clothed in Love family.
Our paths just cross.
God sets up a divine appointment. Similar to a treasure hunt, God places the faces of those children along the journey to see what I will do.
I can see Him just smiling ear to ear as he watches me discover the new child I was destined to meet.
Once my eyes lock on a child in a photo, I just know I’m going to sponsor that child. Without hesitation (most of the time), I commit to being a child sponsor.
When Beth, posted on Facebook that she was trying to get the last 13 children from Greenlight International Church sponsored through Children’s Hope Chest, I replied that I was interested in sponsoring a boy.
I explained to her that I liked to rotate between a boy and a girl to keep it even. Beth sent over the link and I went to check out the children.
When my eyes quickly locked with three boys, I knew I was in trouble. How could I choose between the three of them?
Then I asked “God why can’t I sponsor all three of them? Can I actually afford it?” I sat down and started to write all of my expenses and decided that I could afford all three boys.
At first I was looking at the link via my iPad so I decided to move over to my desktop. Because of that small change one of the boys file would not release even though I closed out of the program.
I started to pray that I didn’t lose the chance to invest in that child’s life. I had decided that I would go ahead and sponsor the two boys. I would try for the third boy the following day. Just in case the boy I was holding out for was taken, I needed to come up with an alternative child to sponsor.
I did a search for the boys available and only two boys were left. And then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You’ve always wanted four boys”.
Since I knew I was going to wait to see if the first boy my eyes locked on would be released the next day, I decided I would wait before I made a final decision.
The next morning before church, I visited the website and I was jumping for joy because the one I had been waiting for, his file had been released. He was still available. I quickly filled out the sponsorship papers. I also noticed that one of the other boys had been sponsored as well.
Yet the other child was still available. To invest in another child would mean I would need to make a couple of sacrifices on the months we do not raise enough funds through the Etsy shop. It required me walking out in faith.
I wasn’t sure if I could swing it so I decided to hold off and to continue to pray about it. I wanted to blame it on being in the moment and justify why I couldn’t add one more child. But I knew I was just deceiving myself.
Funny thing about God, if He wants you to do something, He will use many signs to grab your attention. He is not going to sit back quietly.
As I listened to the sermon Sunday morning, it was like God was speaking loudly just to me. Our pastor was talking about stocks and bonds and shares in a company. Then he said investing in God’s Kingdom has the greatest return on your dividends.
Then the thought came to mind, “God would never leave that one child without a sponsor. He would do everything in His power to make sure that child knows that he is loved. ”
Children can be cruel. I didn’t want anyone to tease him and say no one wanted to sponsor him. I couldn’t leave that child without a sponsor. Right in the middle of service, I pulled out my iPad and sponsored the fourth child.
In my mind they became the Four Brothers that day. They became forever etched in my heart.
I am so very proud to announce our new children Solomon, Beniyam, Sintayew, and Daniel.
I’m linking up at God-sized Dreamers today. You should go check out their post.