The Key to My Heart

This sweet little girl. Wearing just underwear. Her bubbly zest made me want to squeeze her. And, of course…I went ahead and did just that!

She was wearing an orange rope necklace around her delicate little neck. The necklace had a simple key hanging. I wondered, “What could this key possibly be for?” In these communities, it is known that your house is “your” house. You don't need to lock it. I don't even think there were locks on the homes. But, this necklace, it was hers. It meant something to her. I wanted to know more.

As she said,”Querer,” and pointed to her necklace, I thought, “Maybe she is asking me if I love her necklace like she does.” Again, I'm really bad with Spanish and I knew quiero was love. I did love her necklace so I said pointing to her necklace then her, “Si, Si, bonita. Tu es bonita.” I wanted her to know that she was beautiful and if her necklace was important to her, that it indeed was beautiful too! As I gestured to her necklace to affirm that, “Yes, I do love it..and you..and I'll take you home today if I am allowed to please,” this little girl did the unexpected.

She took the necklace off of her neck…


and went to put it onto mine!

I saw selflessness expressed in a tiny amazing package. She clearly has nothing. I didn't even give her anything except a smile and a few squeezes. That didn't matter. She was being selfless and offering me what was surely the only thing that she could call her own. I praised God for this generous heart thousands of miles away. A life lived so much different than my own.

I want my kids to have hearts like this, Lord!

There are hundreds of kids just like this sweet angel. There are hundreds of stories with similar history. This precious little girl offered me her treasure. How much do you think her gesture of sacrifice was worth? It's one of those things that I believe are truly priceless.

I want to help this little girl, her friends, her family, HER COMMUNITY!! World Vision can allow you to do all of these things being thousands of miles away. Child sponsorship can change a life. Sponsorship can create a generous giver – so completely necessary in poverty such as this. Providing a monthly sponsorship can teach communities about Jesus Christ. The one who truly gave it all away for love!

Please consider sponsoring a child today.
I know there is one who will steal your heart!

A huge thank you to Jessica for being right there at the right time and capturing all of these great pictures.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 06, 2010


  • The Diaper Diaries - May 06, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    This is such a great story that I didn’t even know was happening. I have tears in my eyes!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Marianne - May 06, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Beautiful story, beautiful girl, beautiful heart.

  • Misty - May 06, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    You are well on your way to helping the Lord mold your own children’s hearts to be just same. Thank you for letting us be a part of your amazing journey.

  • Alejandro - May 06, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    I once read that every single conflict we face on the planet has the same root, we dnt share, we dont wanna share land, we dont wanna share food, we dont wanna share oil and we dont wanna share water, every single issue in this planet comes down to our inability of sharing. the key that little girl gave you, was the key to save the world, a selfless given heart that shares

  • Lori at Couponomic Stimulus Package - May 06, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    What a life changing experience this has got to be! That little girl touched my heart too in her selflessness. How we all need to learn to be like her! I want my children to have that heart too. Thank you for all the lives you are touching over there.

  • Kathy - May 06, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    Andrea, Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us. It has been challenging and vision building. I am so encouraged by how the Lord is using you to minister to the kids in the DR!

  • Claudia Martinez - May 07, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    What a lil sunshine she is, so tender and powerful this lil girl… I didn’t notice either :)

  • Rachelle - May 07, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. Those pictures were amazing. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • Laura - May 08, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this story and the pictures. What a blessing it has been to read all the posts from bloggers in the DR and see the impact World Vision really has. You all have brought us up close and personal.

    Check out my giveaway — I’m doing my part to try to increase exposure and encourage everyone to support these children!

    • Andrea Deckard - May 08, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

      Laura, this is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing about our journey!!

  • Claire at Saving Money Plan - May 10, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    What a wonderful experience you are having in the DR! Thanks so much for sharing!

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