a gift of pictures

A Gift of Pictures

Last week I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that a friend of mine had posted a picture of some children who were singing at a Compassion project in El Salvador.

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Ericka is on the top row, second from the right

I knew my friend was going to be visiting my sponsor child Ericka’s project during his visit, so I had hopes that maybe I would catch a glimpse of her if he happened to post pictures.  Imagine my excitement when I saw this picture and thought I saw my Ericka in it!   I was pretty sure it was her but the picture wasn’t very close up.   I got out the picture that I have of Ericka and my husband and I started comparing the pictures side by side.  We pretty much decided that it was her.  Finally I asked if that picture was taken at her project and soon it was confirmed… it was her project and yes! it was Ericka in the picture!

Sooooo exciting!

We get to write letters back and forth with our sponsor children all the time but there is just something extra special about seeing your child in  pictures of people that you know personally.

The morning after seeing Ericka’s picture on Facebook my husband and I left for our vacation in the Dominican Republic.  The resort we were staying at did not have free Wi-Fi and the cost for it was pretty expensive so we decided to go without the Wi-Fi for a while.  We finally paid for the Wi-Fi a few days later because we needed a way to contact our family at home. Imagine my surprise when I turned on my phone and had a Facebook message from my friend and in it were more pictures of Ericka!

The message said that they were able to hang out with Ericka that day. And that she was so sweet and that she wanted to be sure I got the pictures that my friend had taken of her that day.

This made my day! She is so beautiful and it looks as if she was having a whole lot of fun playing Dress up.

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My husband and I were also able to send her a small gift.  This is a picture of her receiving the gift.

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I  love that she has a lollipop in her mouth and also love the look on her face ❤

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This is Ericka and her friend Isala.

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September 12 of this year I will be going to El Salvador on a Women of Vision Trip and Retreat with Compassion.  While there I will get to meet Ericka in person. I was already excited to meet her but now these pictures make me even more excited to meet her!

Also when I visit, I will get to meet the children I am advocating to help find sponsors for who are part of a new project called Casa del Pan.

A few weeks ago I posted a little girl named Darlyn on ‘A Story by Me’ who was in need of a sponsor.  Anne over at Freedomborn sponsored her.  I am excited to say that when I meet Darlyn I will be able to give her a hug from Anne.  Thank you Anne for sponsoring Darlyn!

I still have 2 more children who I am advocating for who are in need of sponsors.  Alisson and Osmin.

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Alisson will be 5 years old August 25.  She helps around her house by carrying water, running errands and cleaning.  Her favorite activities ar playing house, playing with dolls and hide-and-see, and she attends Bible class regularly.

Osmin is 6 years old he helps around his house by carrying firewood, running errands and cleaning.  Playing with cars, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.  He also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

If you would like more information on either of these two children or would like to sponsor them send me and email at tluvs2trvl@gmail.com and I would love to help you get your sponsorship started.  When I meet these two children I would love to be able to give them both big hugs from their new sponsors!

Have a blessed day,

Terri Siebert

 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’  Matthew 25:45 NIV

 

Casa Del Pan

I got a really cool email a couple of weeks ago from Compassion telling me they are opening a brand new Child Development Center In El Salvador named “Casa del Pan” or “House of Bread” and they have invited me to come with them this September on a on a Women of Compassion Vision Trip & Retreat..

Our trip will introduce us to every facet of Compassion’s work in the field and will also include a day with our sponsored children. I am so excited because I will get to meet my Ericka in person!  🙂  🙂

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Another cool thing that is happening is we are also advocating for the children who will be a part of this new center and we will also get to visit the center and and meet the children we are advocating for! I am so excited for these children who will now have the opportunity to learn and grow physically, mentally and spiritually!

Here are 3 of the children from Casa del Pan who are waiting for sponsors:

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Could it be that maybe you are the sponsor that one of these children have been praying for?

I have seen first hand that sponsorship works. I have also been on a trip with Compassion and seen how and where they work and I have also met some of the children and families who’s lives have been changed. If you would like more information about how you can help change the life of one of these children, leave me a comment or send me and email at tluvs2trvl@yahoo.com.

Before I go today I would also like to ask if you will please say a prayer for each of these children to receive sponsors quickly and that their lives will be blessed and that each of them will know the love of Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers and have a wonderful evening,

Terri

 

 

 

When I read a ‘Lump in My Throat” It Put a Lump In My Throat

Hi everyone! This week on the blog we are following a group of bloggers who are traveling with Compassion International in the Dominican Republic. Today I am sharing a post by Lisa and Stephen Leonard.  If you ever wonder if child sponsorship works then this is the post for you.

The title of the post today is “the lump in my throat” and I will warn you when you finish reading it you will have a lump in your throat.

The Lump in My Throat – by Lisa and Stephen Leonard

Today we visited with Josefina and her daughter, Hilde. They invited us into their freshly painted home with wall patched together with brick, found wood and cardboard. Their entire home is smaller than a typical bedroom in the US.

photo courtesy of Lisa Leornard Blog

photo courtesy of Lisa Leornard Blog


While I’m here in the DR, I want to learn first hand how Compassion is impacting lives. I want the mothers to tell me how life is different now that their child has a sponsor.

Continue reading at –> Lisa Leonard Designs

I hope it blesses you like it did me, see you tomorrow!

Terri

If you would like to follow along click this picture and it will take you to all of the blogger’s posts DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300

How I Almost Missed A Blessing

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Last night was a blessing that I almost missed because I was afraid….

Last night I was supposed to work the Compassion table at the Josh Wilson Carry Me Tour.  When I first signed up to work at the concert it was scheduled to be held in Florissant Missouri.  If you listen to the news you have probably heard of the rioting that has been going on in Ferguson which is in Florissant. For some reason the fact that the concert was in Ferguson hadn’t really crossed my mind yet… so that was not the reason I was afraid.

The reason I was afraid was because at the last minute they switched the concert to a place that is really far away from where I live and that I had never been to before.  The concert was switched to Wentzville Missouri at the last minute because of the rioting going on in Ferguson the people in charge of the tour decided that it would be much safer in Wentzville.  Wentzville Missouri is about an hour and 15 minutes away from my house and it would be really late when the concert was over.  I was nervous about driving home so far in the dark by myself and to top matters off it was pouring down rain and I can not see well at night driving in the rain.  So there I was faced at the last minute with going to somewhere I have never been before, in the dark and in the rain.  About 4 hours before I was supposed to be there I decided I was not going to go.  It just did not seem like a very smart thing to do.

After I made my decision that I was not going to the concert it still would not leave my mind.  My common sense kept saying I should stay home where it was safe but no matter how much I tried to ignore it I I kept getting this nudge to go.  I even prayed about it and I still heard go, but I kept saying, “no your just feeling that way because you just want to go and you also feel guilty for cancelling” and I still decided to stay home.

About 2 hours before the time I was scheduled to be there another of my advocate friends sent me a text message that asked if I had signed up to work that night.  I told her yes I had signed up but that I could not go because of the rain and the dark and my not being able to see in it issues.

After her message no matter what I did I could not rest.  Finally I was like okay I know the Holy Spirit is telling me to go.  I then said, ‘OK God if you really want me to go I will go, but seriously this is crazy going out on a pouring down rainy night to a place I have never been in the dark!  I threw myself together and got in my car and took off.

When I left my house it was still light outside but it was pouring down rain so hard I could barely see to drive in the daylight but I kept going and it kept getting darker from the rain clouds and raining harder and harder.  But then about 30 miles into my drive I noticed the rain was letting up just a little bit.  The man on the radio giving the weather forecast said it was supposed to keep raining all night.  Against my own better judgement I still kept going.  My brain said this is dumb by oddly I felt more at peace going than I did staying at home where it was ‘safe’.

About another 10 miles of driving and I drove out of the rain.  Go figure… LOL! so I laughed and said to God, “Now if you can just make it not rain anymore tonight.”  I will admit I said that sarcastically never actually believing that he would.

You guessed it….It was dry the rest of my trip there…

Once I got to the concert I met up with the rest of those who were helping and we set up our table of child sponsorship packets from Compassion International and talked to people who had questions about child sponsorship.

There were 3 music artists for this concert, Dan Bremnas, Citizen Way and headlining the tour was Josh Wilson.  Not only did we work at the Compassion table but we were also able to hear and watch a lot of the concert.

This next part is kinda cool, funny and a little bit embarrassing all rolled into one.  I am a HUGE HUGE  Josh Wilson fan.  His story and his songs hit  close to home for me in so many ways.  A lot of the time we don’t get to see the entertainment when we go to these events but I was soooo hoping I would get to at least catch a glimpse of some of Josh’s part of the concert. I am sure you can imagine I was really excited I would be able to do that.  When we first got there to work we were met by Becca who was the organizer and our leader for the night.  She was such a sweet girl with a southern accent and her personality was so contagious, she seemed to just radiate joy. I knew Josh Wilson’s wife’s name was Becca and it did not take me to long before I realized yep she was THE Becca, Josh’s wife.  Oh goodness I was hanging out with Josh Wilsons wife (star struck) 😉

About halfway through the performance we do a packet pass with the audience.  One of the music artists got on stage and told his story about his Compassion child.  We had been told to stand at the top of the isles  until we were called down to the front by the stage to pass packets.  We had been told that some of the ‘guys’ would come out to help us when it was time to pass packets so I was standing in my isle and a young ‘guy” came up to the same isle as me with child packets in his hands.  I started talking to him because we were sharing the same isle. We talked about nothing big, just chit chat about how we would split the isle, etc….

Eventually we were called to come down and stand in front of the stage, I was standing now in front of the stage with my new friend standing right beside me.  The music Artist on the stage talked about what was involved in sponsoring a child and then he said “if you sponsor a child tonight you will also get a free CD from this man right here,” as he points to my new friend and  he says, “Josh Wilson.” Thankfully no one could hear what was going on in my head… OH MY GOSH!  I had hoped to maybe catch a glimpse of him singing but I had done even better! Though it was short lived I HAD JUST BEEN HANGING OUT WITH JOSH WILSON!  lol cool! I can be such a ding dong at times why did I not know that it was him in the first place??. In my defense he did have on glasses which he did not wear on stage and it was dark in the room with bright blinding lights swooping around….at least that’s my story and I’m gonna stick to it 😀

After the packet pass we went back to the table and I was thinking if someone had told me I was talking to Josh Wilson I would never have been able to speak to him.. I am so shy and I would have been star struck and tongue tied.

I got to thinking later about that…Wondering why do I act like that?  When I did not know who he was he was just a normal guy just like I am a normal girl.  Both of us were doing our job.  Why in my mind did I put him up on a pedestal?  I am so glad I did not know it was him when I talked to him because I really love that I got to meet him and see who he really was.

I think maybe there is a lesson in here somewhere… There is always a lesson, huh.

A lot happened last night; There was this one other thing that happened that I want to tell you about.  When we first got there and were setting out child packets a packet of a little girl in a pink dress from Haiti jumped out at me. I just had to pick up her packet from the table and look at it.  Her birthday just so happened to be July 2 which is my anniversary too.  I kept thinking maybe I should sponsor her but then also at the same time that I should not.  All night long every time someone would come to the table I would hope they picked her because for some reason I was really wanted her to have a sponsor but nobody took her.  Right before the packet pass that I just told you about we were each given a stack of packets that we would hand out, with hers staying behind on the table.

As we were heading into the auditorium and I walked away from the table I felt the urge to grab her packet from the table and I did.  I put her packet it on top my stack that I had in my hands knowing fully that she was the first one I would hand out, and she was.

I  didn’t think anything else about her packet after that until right at the end of the night a lady came to the table to bring her payment for the child she was sponsoring and I noticed …she had HER!  The little girl in the hot pink dress! The lady and her own little girl were so excited to sponsor her and she looked to be close in age as the little girl who was sponsoring her.  I could feel God speaking in my heart right then and I knew at that moment that all of this had been planned out way before this night had ever even started.

The rest of the evening went really well.  We had 38 children who now have new sponsors so that was pretty awesome!

After the concert I got in my car to go home and it was still NOT raining even though on the radio they kept saying that it was raining. Guess what?… I never saw so much as a sprinkle on my way home.

Do you see what happened here?? God had me covered.  He wanted me to go and as always when God asks, he will work out the details.  Something else… whenever God asks us to do something and we answer yes there is usually always a blessing somehow tied to it.  I had a wonderful pile of blessings sprinkled throughout my night.  Blessings I would have missed had I not gone. I am so glad I did 🙂

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Josh and Becca Wilson

If you are interested in knowing more about child sponsorship through Compassion you can click HERE.  

Thanks so much for reading today,

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Compassion Sunday – Children Still in Need of Sponsors

Yesterday was Compassion Sunday at my church and I am so excited to tell you that 9 children received new sponsors!  I still have few children left and I would like to offer you the opportunity to sponsor a child too.  Here are a few of the children who still need sponsors.

This first little guy is Melquicidec Masi from Bolivia, South America. Melquicidec is 7 years old. He lives with his father & his mother and 3 brothers & sisters. he enjoys reading and attending church activities. Melquicidec is a priority child because he has been waiting over 9 months for a sponsor. Melquicidec lives in a country where there is a high risk of child rights violations.cs1 001

This next child  is an older child, his name is Nalamani Tandi he will be 14 years old on June 11th.  Nalamani is from India. He lives with his father, his mother and 4 brothers & sisters.  Nilamani helps his family by buying or selling in the market and caring for his brothers and sisters and caring for animals.  Nalamani enjoys listening to music, running and playing group games.  He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.  Older children are sometimes harder to find sponsors for.

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The last child I am posting today is little Shisto Rongkheng from Bangladesh, Asia.  He is 3 years old and he also lives in a country with a high risk of child rights violations. Shisto lives with his father and his mother and there are 3 children in his home.  He does not attend school yet and he enjoys playing soccer and playing with toy cars.  He attends church activities regularly.cs4 001

Your love and support will help these children to receive the assistance they need to grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  Please pray for these precious children and also please consider sponsoring one of them today. You can email me at tluvs2trvl@gmail.com and I can help you get your sponsorship started today.

Thank you so much for reading and also for your prayers for these precious children.

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Free Movie Tickets to Son of God!

If you just watched the “Son of God” movie trailer at the beginning of this post and would like to see this movie you and a friend could go for free!  I am excited to announce that Compassion has given some of us bloggers movie tickets to give away to our readers and because you are reading this post that person could be you. If you would like 2 free tickets to this movie please tell me in the comments section how sponsoring a child through Compassion has effected your life or your sponsored child’s life. If you don’t sponsor a child through Compassion that’s okay you can still enter by asking me a question about child sponsorship.  Just place your answer or question in the comment section of this post by Friday February 28th at 11:59 pm CST and then on Saturday March 1 I will put the names of everyone who entered in a drawing and let my grand daughter pull the name of the lucky winner out.  The winner of the 2 free tickets name will be posted by Sunday March 2nd on my blog and I will tell you then how to contact me to get your free tickets.  Please feel free to tell me anything else you wish to tell about your sponsored child too just don’t forget you have to answer the question or ask me one to win.

That’s it.  I am looking forward to reading your comments!

Good luck!

If you would like more information about child sponsorship through Compassion click the picture of the child below or you can also click the category titled “Compassion” on the right hand side of this blog. tell-him-about-jesus-compassion-international-banner

 

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