Friday, February 17, 2012

Dominic and Eyouel

Colin and I are so crazy in love with our adoption.

I get so giddy in anticipation of the journey.........
         the dossier
                 the home study
                          the decreasing waitlist numbers
                                     the referral
                                               the travel
                                                         the cuddling and nurturing

It is easy to get lost in the what may be and what will be.

It is easy to be content with our plan of help in the orphan crisis.

BUT God....... 
What if there’s a bigger picture? What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose that I could be living right now?
I don’t want to miss what matters, I wanna be reaching out.
Show me the greater purpose, so I can start living right now.
Outside my own little world.
What about the other children? The ones who have families who love them and cherish them, and are doing their best to provide with the little they have. The ones living in poverty all across the world. The ones who can not afford to receive an education. The ones who scavenge for food in dumpsters. The ones who do not have the necessities that we have come to take for granted.
Our hearts are breaking for what breaks His.
We knew we wanted to sponsor a child. After the adoption. In the future. Down the road.
BUT God......
He called us to sponsor in this time and this place where we are at right now.
Meet Dominic:

Dominic is a precious boy who lives in Kenya with his parents and 3 siblings. He was born June 20, 2005. Colin's birthday is June 20.

We were searching through photos of children available to be sponsored through Compassion International. I think we were both thinking, "How are we ever going to pick just one?"
I told Colin that I think 'when you know, you know'. We clicked on a few photos, leading to brief information on each child, one of which happened to be Dominic's. We noticed his sweet biting of his lower lip. I joked to Colin that I've heard of others finding their child by searching by their birthday.

We checked for Colin's birthday. There was Dominic again. And Colin said, "That's him."

We immediately began sponsoring him on January 18, 2012. It has been both a humbling experience and a warming experience. Compassion International soon sent a book with information on Dominic, his program center, his community, and his country. We are able to write to him and he will write back (with help)!

They sent a bookmark with his picture and a new way to pray for him every day of the month!

Sponsorship allows children opportunities to learn, receive nutritious meals, get regular health screenings and medical treatment when necessary, learn about the love of Jesus, receive personal attention, play with other children in a safe environment, and know that they are loved by adults who care about them.

We soon said to each other, "We can do more." We can sponsor one more child.

Meet Eyouel:

Eyouel lives in Ethiopia with his grandmother and 2 siblings. Soccer is his favorite activity. Eyouel was born February 13, 2007. My birthday. We began sponsoring him on February 2, 2012.

There are 2,358 children currently waiting for sponsors through Compassion alone. Some, like Dominic, have been waiting for over 6 months. Many, longer. Children from Africa, Asia, Central America and Caribbean, and South America. Ages 3-22.

If you have an interest in sponsoring a child, please pray. To view photos of all the children in need of sponsors or to search through a specific country or age group, please visit Compassion International. And, if you do choose to sponsor, I want to hear all about it!

If you have any questions for Colin or myself, please ask. We love your questions!!


  1. LOVE this!!!! We can always do more and definitely helping kids where they are is HUGE!!! Go you guys!!! Keep doing what the Lord lays on your heart. :D

  2. I am on my third sponsor child from compassion Canada. My first one was a little girl from Indonesia and the I had a little boy from the philippines and now i have another little boy, John from the Philippines. My first two apparently got to a point where they no longer needed to be sponsored so now I have John. He is very cute and I love the pictures he sends me. Your two boys look adorable and I look forward to hearing more about them!

  3. There's always room in our hearts for more love!

  4. That is so neat! Happy late Birthday too! Mine is the day before your's :)

  5. This is great! I'm going to tell my hubby about this and see if we can't do this too. :-)

  6. I love that these two boys are birthday buddies to you and Colin! My youngest daughter is 6 today and just yesterday I got her a birthday buddy - exact match! My oldest daughter got her birthday budd (also an exact match) on her 6th birthday!

    Where is Dominic's project in Kenya? Joylyne, our new little birthday girl is in KE 808 and we also sponsor Jackson in KE 200. Our Dominic, also from KE 200, just graduated this week from Compassion - he'll be 22 next week!