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A Glimpse into a Year of Child Sponsorship

In June 2017, my husband and I joined a group from our church on a short-term mission trip to Guatemala. During the 8 days we were there, we were blessed to meet two little girls who needed our love and financial sponsorship to assist with the cost of their education as well as making life better for their families. Since the day we met them, my husband and I have been emotionally and financially invested in the lives of these two children.

It is so easy to remain in our comfortable lives and pretend that the needs of children and families in other countries are someone else's responsibility, but we have made these girls a part of our family. We pray for them daily, we have their photos prominently displayed in our home, and we have sent and received letters and pictures from them. Their lives, their families, and their futures are always in our hearts and minds.

A few days ago, we were blessed to return to Guatemala and to see and spend time with our sponsor children again. It brought us such joy to see the recognition on their faces as they ran to greet us! Today, we walked through their neighborhood and met with many other families for whom the needs are great. The mother of one of "our" girls invited us into her modest home, and through tears, expressed to us her profound appreciation for our support of her daughter and told us how impactful our sponsorship has been on their family.

A year ago, I would have never imagined how beautifully God would intertwine the lives of a middle-aged couple from North Carolina with working single moms and their precious kids in Guatemala. We love these families with all our hearts. It is a universal language that will bind us for the rest of our lives.

Written by Amy Hicks, currently on the ground in Guatemala on the Calvary team.

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