My family was asked why we participate in the child sponsorship program through Mission of Hope. The short answer is that our family has been blessed beyond measure, and we want to give a small portion of what God has given us to those who are in need. We wholeheartedly believe in the vision of Mission of Hope to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. I can’t think of a better way of educating the next generation of leaders than by providing the children with a Christ-centered education.
We first visited Mission of Hope in June 2015. That first year, we began sponsoring three children. In the years since, we have traveled to Haiti on numerous occasions and each time felt called by God to sponsor additional children. Currently, we are blessed to be able to support ten children through Mission of Hope.
This past summer, our daughter, Claire, was an intern at Mission of Hope. On the first Sunday after her arrival, she was in church waiting for the service to begin when she was approached by a Haitian woman and was asked “Are you Claire?” Perplexed, she answered, “Yes.” She pointed to another woman across the church and said that she wanted to talk to her.
When Claire walked over, the woman pulled out a piece of paper and handed it to her. As soon as Claire opened up the paper, she had tears in her eyes. She was looking at a letter and a picture of our family. We had sent a letter to our sponsored children about two months prior. The letter noted that Claire was going to be an intern during the summer. Through a translator, the woman said that she came to church to find Claire and thank our family for supporting her son. She hugged and kissed Claire many times.
I knew immediately that I needed to meet our other sponsored children. Just a couple weeks ago, I traveled to Mission of Hope and was able to visit all ten of the children at the schools where they attend. Words cannot express the joy that I experienced getting to know Rico, John, Keny, Anderson, Widlord, Lovensky, Bedjina, Benchaina, Macianne, and Auguste.
The $35 it costs to sponsor a child is less than what my family pays to eat dinner out one night a month. Why wouldn’t everyone sponsor at least one child?