“He reminds me of Andon”

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T watching the exchange between Jill as she meets her sponsored son
(she has sponsored him for 10 years – I get chills just typing this!!).

As I mentioned, I would ask T if he wanted to share. This is his brief experience so far. He says he’ll get “all emotional” when closer to the end of our visit. I don’t get that. He’s a boy. I’m guessing boys are the same everywhere too. At least so far, they definitely are with the little guys we have seen!

Here is a few thoughts from T:

At the DR we have seen just kids walking around like they didn’t have a mom our dad .We went to a goat farm and we saw a little boy named Romey. He was Andon’s age. We gave him gum and bracelets and when we were about to leave. Romey laughed at me.

We also went to this village that people ran away from Haiti after the Earthquake. Amanda brought us bracelets to pass out to kids. We were passing out bracelets and they kind of like attacked us because they wanted them. It was so bad once we stopped passing them out, me, Jake and Hannah had to get in the van because they kept asking us for some. When we were leaving, this one girl stuck her tongue out at me because she didn’t get one.

There are lots of little kids running around naked. Andon would fit right in here except he’s not tannish.

The thing that struck me with what T wrote is about the kids wandering as if they have no parents. Some of them are orphaned, while others are with their mother in a single-family house with all of their siblings. It hit me because my son “gets” wandering as without parents. Without someone to look to for security. That breaks my heart because T is 10 and he understands that. These children we have seen also have to feel that lack of security as well.

$35 is my weekly 4Bucks coffee habit. $35 is about 5 times as much as some of us save at the store each week. Is security for a child worth $35 to you?

Pray about it. These kids will be here waiting for you.

Oh, and I totally get the naked kids comment too. But, our family is immune to seeing little bare bottoms since our boys “air out” at home whenever they can :)

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 05, 2010

9 Comments

  • Mercedes - May 05, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
    1

    I didn’t miss it. Thanks for this Andrea. I just went ahead and sponsored a child.

    Mercedes

  • Jen @ 925frugal.com - May 06, 2010 @ 7:41 am
    2

    I just LOVE that you are doing this and sharing. We have sponsored two children for about six years now and it would be a dream to meet them. I am just so happy for you and what a blessing for your son!

    Praying that MANY children will be sponsored through your efforts.

    • Andrea Deckard - May 06, 2010 @ 8:58 am
      2.1

      Jen, where are you kids located? That is awesome that you have supported them that long! I see the work here from those who have been faithful like you. It is truly a blessing!

      • Jen @ 925frugal.com - May 06, 2010 @ 9:09 am

        We have one in Sri Lanka and one in Tanzania. We chose them because they share my boys birthday’s. They are nearly the same age as my boys. :)

  • Amy in OHio - May 06, 2010 @ 9:36 am
    3

    Lovely and heart wrenching post Andrea – my love to you both as you share this amazing experience.

  • Marianne @TheNewFrugalMom.com - May 06, 2010 @ 10:22 am
    4

    T will never forget this trip – he will have this to look back on as he grows and faces all the challenges of our society. I’m glad he’s there.

  • Claudia Martinez - May 07, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
    5

    Love T’s thoughts, so innocent yet so deep. Children are children no matter the circumstances.

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