Advocate & Pray: Joyce

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Today’s featured child is another sponsored child from Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. This ministry provides children with a home with other children and a house mother, an education, and the opportunity to participate in the Watoto church. Some of these children come to Watoto with their mothers, but many are orphaned or abandoned by family members who can no longer take care of them. You can read more about the program here on the Watoto website.

After the death of Joyce’s parents, her grandmother was unable to care for her and her siblings, so they were brought to Watoto. Through their ministry, Joyce accepted Christ as her Savior, and she loves going to church and reading good books.

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Joyce to have a home and an education. You can get involved in this orphan care by becoming a sponsor! Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Joyce is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Joyce’s parents both died, leaving Joyce and her siblings in the care of their aged grandmother. Grandma could not meet the basic needs of the children and life was very difficult. Concerned authorities and the local church asked Watoto Child Care Ministries to take the children under their wings. Joyce was brought to a comfortable Watoto Village. A devoted housemother welcomed Joyce to her Watoto Home. Joyce is well cared for and loving Watoto brothers and sisters provide good companionship. Mama really appreciates Joyce’s help around the house. Joyce is grateful to the Lord for all the blessings she enjoys at Watoto and thanks God for her sponsors. A quality education is being given to Joyce at the Watoto School. She is encouraged to become any thing in life she dreams to be. In her spare time, Joyce likes to read good books. On Sundays Joyce attends the Watoto Church, where she loves to praise and worship the Lord. She has accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour. Please pray for her to continue to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Thank you so much for your financial support.

Read more on Joyce’s profile (you can find it in the middle of the page–no direct link)

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Teens in Action: Lizzie for Compassion

AngelMany thanks to Lizzie for writing this delightful guest post.

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I have heard “orphan” defined as a child who has lost one or both parents by death or abandonment.  Angel (name changed for privacy) is a young boy living in Indonesia.  He is an orphan, whose father abandoned him, his mom, and his little sister.  Angel’s heart hurts.  The pain of his father leaving has left his heart scarred.  He has had to grow up and be the “man” of the family and age seven.  His mom works hard, yet she cannot make enough money to survive.  Sometimes, she does not have enough money to pay rent.  Hopelessness weighs down on her, but her spirit is not crushed.  She trusts in Jesus.

She reminds Angel that “Daddy Jesus” will always love him and be with him.  She is an active member of her local church and encourages her children to read the Bible.  Her life is not easy, far from it!  She has to search for work and make tough decisions.  A few months ago, she decided to move to a different town in hopes that she would find a better job there.  Sometimes, I imagine, she cries out to God and wonders why her husband left, why she can’t pay rent, why she works so hard for so little return.  Yet, she tries to be strong for her children and trust God’s plan and timing.

Angel respects his mom and even admires her.  He loves her and wants her to be happy.  Angel is also a Compassion sponsored child.  His local church partners with Compassion to help meet his physical needs (through medical check-ups and education), socioemotional needs, and spiritual needs.  In fact, through Compassion and his local church, he not only participates in Bible studies, but also receives character education.  Angel is learning to be a man of God even though he is young.  He is being encouraged to not run away from difficult situations and to look to Jesus for strength in those times.

Angel writes me letter because I am his correspondent sponsor through Compassion (someone sponsors him financially and asked Compassion to find someone else to write him, which ended up being me.).  He tells me about his struggles, joys, hopes, and dreams.  I write him letters, too, and encourage him that his Heavenly Father will never leave him.  Although I am just a teen, I am able to encourage an orphan.

Venu
As others have said, we are too young to adopt or foster a child.  But each of us can do something.  Maybe you can encourage an orphan through letter writing or even sponsor a child through Compassion…..like Venu.  Venu will be five years old in five days on May 16.  Because his parents died, he lives with his grandparents.  They work as day laborers when work is available.  But, their income is not steady, and they often do not have enough money to meet their needs.  Compassion partners with a local church in Venu’s community in Bangalore, India, to provide him with a safe place to play, learn, and grow.  I do not know Venu’s story.  You can learn his story, will you?

Sponsoring Venu is a $38 a month commitment, which is just over $1 a day.  If you would be interested in sponsor Venu or getting to know more about him, please e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com  Or, to see other orphans in need of a sponsor through Compassion, please visit compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/child-search-results.htm?cboOrphan=Yes

Being a correspondent sponsor is a commitment to write to the child at least three times a year.  To request a correspondent child, go to compassion.com and contact them via phone or e-mail.  Be sure to be specific in your request if you would like to write to an orphan; otherwise, you will be assigned a random child.

Advocate & Pray: Martin

martinThis week’s featured child is from Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda.  This ministry provides children with a home with other children and a house mother, an education, and the opportunity to participate in the Watoto church.  Some of these children come to Watoto with their mothers, but many are orphaned or abandoned by family members who can no longer take care of them.  You can read more about the program here on the Watoto website.

Martin came to Watoto as an infant, after he was found abandoned on a balcony.  He is now almost nine years old and enjoys sports and school.  His profile requests that we pray for Martin to accept Jesus as his Savior soon!

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Martin to have a home and an education.  So if you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Martin is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Martin was 18 months old when he was discovered abandoned on the balcony of a house. This was reported to local authorities and the little boy was taken to Sanyu Babies’ home in Kampala. In July 2008, Martin came to Watoto Child Care Ministries, as he had outgrown the Babies’ home. A devoted housemother has long since made him feel wanted and loved. Martin is also surrounded by the love of his Watoto brothers and sisters in their home. Martin has begun receiving a quality education at the Watoto School, where his favorite activity is Physical Education. He really enjoys a game of soccer after school, though not before doing his share of the household chores. On Sundays at the Watoto Church, Martin enjoys singing and dancing during worship. Please pray for him to soon accept Christ as his Saviour.

Read more on Martin’s profile (you can find it in the middle of the page–no direct link)

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Advocate & Pray: Felicia

FeliciaToday’s child, Felicia, is involved in Sarah’s Covenant Homes sponsorship program (previously featured here).  SCH works with orphaned and abandoned children who have special needs, giving them a home, education, and medical care.  Eleven-year-old Felicia is just learning to stand on her own, and she has a specific need for a wheelchair to provide her with greater mobility.

Because SCH is funded through donations, you can help Felicia get her wheelchair!  Click on the link to Felicia’s profile to learn how, or to learn more about becoming a monthly sponsor.

Felicia is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Felicia is a happy, content girl with an endearing giggle. Though she is non-verbal, she enjoys watching the world around her, and is now learning to stand on her own.  She has made astounding progress from the time she first arrived at SCH!  Felicia enjoys music class and watching colorful educational videos.  She is very ticklish and laughs and giggles when you talk to or tease her.  She has a sweet smile that we never grow tired of seeing.

View Felicia’s profile

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Advocate & Pray: Emmanuel

EmmanuelA few weeks ago, the Watoto African children’s choir performed at my (Monica’s) church, and I knew I wanted to feature their sponsorship program in this week’s Advocate & Pray post.  According to the website, “Watoto is a holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda.  It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.  The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education–formal and technical, trauma counselling and spiritual discipleship.”

Most of the children in the program have lost both of their parents and are living with a few other children and houseparents at the Watoto villages in Uganda.  Emmanuel, this week’s Advocate & Pray child, was kidnapped and abandoned at a very young age, and local authorities were unable to find his family.  Watoto provides a safe home, an education, and a family for children like Emmanuel, who have often gone through horrific life events.

Watoto’s villages, school, and church are funded through donations that enable orphans like Emmanuel to have a home and an education.  So if you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Check out the Watoto sponsorship page to learn more.

Emmanuel is listed with Watoto
Uganda

Emmanuel lives in a Watoto Village, where he has a devoted housemother who nourishes and nurtures him lovingly. Emmanuel has learned to help Mama with the household chores and he does so willingly. At the Watoto School, Emmanuel is receiving a quality education. He especially enjoys Literature and Artwork and has dreams of being a teacher in the future. He likes playing soccer with his many friends after school. Emmanuel attends the Watoto Church on Sundays with his family, where he enjoys singing and dancing in Sunday school. Please pray for him to develop a meaningful relationship with the Lord.

Read more on Emmanuel’s profile (you can find it at the bottom of the page–no direct link)

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Join the prayer chain for Emmanuel

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Advocate & Pray: Louise

louiseLeah brought to my attention this week a couple of girls, including 2-year-old Louise, who are in a sponsorship program called “Sarah’s Covenant Homes.”  Here’s how the website describes SCH:

Children with developmental disabilities and neurological special needs are the most likely to be abandoned and least likely to be adopted children in India. The Lord told me, “Feed My lambs.” I find these overlooked and undernourished (in all senses) lambs languishing in institutional orphanages or hospitals, and bring them home, providing them with love, education, therapy, medical & surgical care, and LIFE in a family-style environment.

SCH provides care for these orphaned or abandoned children in India, and the program is funded completely through donations.  So here’s the good news: If you’re looking for a way to become involved in orphan care, in addition to praying for these children, you can become a sponsor!  Click on the link to Louise’s profile to learn more.

Louise is listed with Sarah’s Covenant Homes
India

Louise is a sweet little girl who has profound deafness and has a cochlear implant. She lives in a foster home with 2 brothers who also have cochlear implants, Nolan and Theo! Louise enjoys riding her trike, going to school, and making funny faces! She is quirky and very funny, and keeps her foster family laughing!

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