Saturday, August 11, 2012


Colin and I have been since sponsoring Dominic and Eyouel through Compassion International. We have learned so much about our boys' interests, family, culture, and environment. We have learned so much about God's provisions. Our purpose. How to spread love.

Colin said to me in early July, "There is a girl. An older girl in Africa."

We searched online. We searched the Compassion booths at Lifest. And searched online again. We kept coming back to this beautiful girl....with a broken expression. She had been waiting for a sponsor for almost 300 days. Why? Why did nobody choose to care for her? 

On July 18th, we knew God chose us to be the ones to tell her, "YOU matter. YOU are loved."

Meet Mugwaneza Janviere.

Mugwaneza lives in Rwanda. She was born May 13, 2003. She is 9!

She lives with her mother, who is sometimes employed as a farmer. She has two siblings. She is responsible for carrying water and gathering firewood.

Jumping rope is Mugwaneza's favorite activity!

She is in primary school and regularly attends church activities.

Oh, my heart aches. I want to be with her and love on her. Clothe her and spoil her with girlish treasures. I have faith that one day I may get to meet our sponsored children and be given the opportunity to do just that.

Compassion's goal is to stop the cycle of poverty and focus on individual children. A Compassion child development center focuses on all aspects of healthy development--eating a nutritious meal, practicing the right way to brush teeth, getting help with homework, playing soccer, learning a vocational skill, and memorizing Bible verses. The child development centers are safe and nurturing havens, where children have the freedom to learn, grow, play, and dream about a future free from poverty.

Will you join me in praying for Dominic, Eyouel, and Mugwaneza?

If you have any questions about sponsoring a child, please ask me. It is a beautiful thing that will change you. Change your focus. Help you to grow in sharing your love.


  1. She's lovely! So lucky to have you two in her corner. :)

  2. She is darling. What an amazing thing you are doing by sponsoring these children. I will pray for them!