A little over a year ago I saw a picture of a sweet little 3 year old girl with the most precious eyes in her Sunday best. Her name is Lillian and I have had the privilege of sponsoring her through http://www.compassion.com for a little over a year. Children who are sponsored through Compassion International receive the materials needed for an education (school supplies, school fees, clothing, etc.), health care and a church based program to learn about Jesus. You can choose the area of the world, gender, age, etc. of the child you sponsor or you can let Compassion choose a child for you. Many of these children have been on a waiting list for a long time, seeing their siblings and friends become sponsored. The cost is $38.00 per month, so for the price of one meal out with your family, you can change a child’s life! What if each family in the U.S. that had the means to sponsor a child said yes to giving hope to our most vulnerable members of society? How could we change the world and show that our love for Jesus isn’t just an abstract thought but that we are “doers of the Word”?
I wanted to come up with something special this year to write to Lillian. In each letter I like to include a Bible verse or story about how much Jesus loves her. This past Christmas season, my family read Ann Voskamp’s book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. This book is beautifully written and adults and kids of all ages will enjoy reading it and seeing the gorgeous illustrations as the story of Christmas unfolds. We also used the Jesse tree ornaments that Ann offers on her website http://www.aholyexperience.com/. The ornaments are free and to receive them, all you need to do is sign up with your e-mail address for access to all of her printables. It is super easy and she has many beautiful items on her website that you can download.
My plan is to write to my sponsored child at least twice per month and to include a Jesse tree ornament in each letter. Then, when I send the last ornament to her, I will also send a paper tree that she can place them on. I am going to be telling the story of each ornament in words that a 5 year old will be able to understand. I am including a copy of the paper I used and the letter I wrote so that you can see how I put everything together when telling the story. I left the right side of the letter empty so that there is room for the translation into her language. The letter and letter template will also be available in the printables section of my blog. I am really excited about this idea! I hope that you will join me in sponsoring a child and sharing the hope of the Christmas story with them throughout the year!