Monday, March 16, 2009
The Way He Loves Us
This is my friend and teamate, Joy, with her sponsored child Mydeen.
Before our Compassion trip Joy shared a little about Mydeen. Because of her special needs, all the letters that Joy receieved from Mydeen were written by a family member or Compassion staff, but were personal expressions of what she wanted to tell her beloved sponsor.
Before the Compassion trip and meeting our children, us sponsors spent weeks and even months trying to find the perfect gifts that would be useful and meaningful for our children. To me the hard part was not figuring our what to give my child, but what not to give her. Growing up in poverty, these kids have never seen or imagined the kind of toys and clothes that line the walls at Walmart. I am sure I can speak for all of us when I say each gift was hand picked with much love and thought, as they are pieces we left behind that will always remind our children of the day we spent together.
The evening before the child sponsor meeting day, a few women including Joy went shopping for some last minute needs. Joy went looking for shoes for herself, and when she brought the sandals she had bought back to the hotel she realized they didn't fit quite right. Without much thought she put the sandals in the backpack of things she had brought for Mydeen.
The next day, when it was time to exchange gifts, Mydeen went through the backpack and took out each item one by one without much expression...that is until...
...thats right, the shoes.
Seconds after this moment of glee Mydeen graciously kissed the sandals. God knows this beautiful girl, his child, better than any human ever will. He knew a secret desire, and used Joy to fulfill it. To you and me something as simple as a pair of shoes may seem small and insignificant, but to this child they mean so much more.
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