How can I really begin to reflect on the one person that has impacted me more than anyone else in this world? The girl on the left is Linda the day we first met her in 2007. Just that look of love that she had when talking to Karen and I broke my heart. I understood the love that she had for us was unconditional. It is the same love that Christ has for us. It was that love that showed me how important the ministry of Compassion was. The one thing I remember from that trip was her telling me that her father had died, she considered me like a father and she wanted me to be there for her 15th birthday. I also remember how nice she dressed just out of respect for us. Totally blew my mind. Fast forward two years to 2009. There she is again on the right with a big smile and looking even more beautiful. We shared a day of memories. Two things especially stood out. She had brought all our letters with her to show us how important we were in her life. The other was talking to her mother and understanding the role we were playing in her life. We were making a difference and her mother considered us as Linda's other set of parents. What an honor!
Finally this year- as promised we were there for her 15th birthday celebration. When she came out of her home my breath was taken away. Only two years has passed but she has grown into a most beautiful young woman. The smile is still there but now she has an air of confidence about her. I have no doubt she will succeed and will be going to the University. She has good grades in school, helps to teach Sunday School and is active on the Worship Team at her church. Thankfully her home was better than I could have hoped. Located in the city it is stone and well secured. It is not what we are used to but it is better than some of the others. There are so many little things she did to make us feel special: 1) Things we had given her prior were on display in her home, 2) Karen had crocheted her a blanket two years ago-Linda in turn crocheted her a purse this year. Knowing my love for things Disney our gifts were in a Mickey Mouse gift bag and she gave me a special winter hat because it reminded her of Goofy. Not sure if this was good or not.
3) Finally I happened to notice that on the invitations to her party she used the Disney Font. Seriously this was her party and it was about her and she took the time to think of something that thoughtful. This is the type of girl Linda is. There is just so much appreciation for us that it really causes me to think. There is the adage that "your first is always the most special". Taking this to sponsorship I guess this is true. Linda will always be my princess and will have impacted me in ways that I may never understand. There are many children that have been sponsored at events and concerts because I have told my story of Linda. She does not realize it yet but she has already made a difference in the Kingdom. Call it a ripple effect. It is my dream that she applies for the Leadership Development Program in Honduras in a couple of years and is accepted. She wants to be a doctor and we will be there to continue our sponsorship if God is willing. That is my prayer- will you please join me in it? Blessings <><