At Lifest on Saturday two lives where forever changed in one slightly uncomfortable moment.
Peder Eide, the host of the grandstand, held the packet of a Compassion child above his head and said, "Lifest, I've never done this before. But this is Maria from Honduras and we need a sponsor for her right now. Who wants to sponsor Maria?"
There we all were, listening for the pull of the Holy Spirit, wondering who was going to step up. A woman from the sea of lawn chairs answered the call.
Peder invited her on stage and asked her why she chose to sponsor that child. A brand new Compassion sponsor, you could tell she was a little overwhelmed.
"How would you like to meet Maria?" Peder asked.
She didn't know what to say.
He invited her out to a computer that was set up to Skype Maria.
Their conversation was short yet powerful.
I cried watching Lifest Skype Honduras.
It made me homesick... for Central America. For Spanish. For kissing people on the cheek. For trying to understand the difference between mango and manga. For worshipping our God, our same God, in another country, another language, and another way and realizing He understands and is comfortable with all of it.
I can't buy a plane ticket to Nicaragua. I can't Skype my family in Costa Rica. I can't play with my kids in Guatemala.
But I can write a letter to Maria, my family's Compassion child in Columbia. I can facebook my brothers and sisters in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. I can pray for believers in Central America and around the world. I can look forward to and prepare for my upcoming trip to China with an unquenchable excitement.
What are you going to do?
Do you sponsor a Compassion child? If so, send your child a letter. If not, why not?
Sure, most people don't get to Skype their sponsored child. My roommate Jennifer got to meet her sponsored child in the Philippines, but that's not a reality for most of us. Yet through letters and photos, your sponsored child becomes part of your family. You get to share the hope of Christ and one day you will meet your sponsored child... just not on this earth.
Think about it. Pray about it. Try it.
Excuse me now, my sister Maria is overdue for a letter.
Dios les bendiga, amigos,