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Do you ever wonder if as a stay-at-home you can really make a difference in other people’s lives? I know our first priorities are the precious lives of our husband and children, that goes without question. We are making a difference in their lives for sure. But do you ever wonder if you can make a difference in the lives of those outside your own home?
These are questions that I have struggled with over the years of being a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes I feel so absorbed in running my own little home here that I wonder if I am really making a difference in other people’s lives.
Can you relate?
In this series, I want to share from my heart and hopefully open your eyes to ways you may be making a difference and you don’t even realize it. I want to give you some ideas that you may have never considered before. Ways that you and your whole family can make a difference in other people’s hearts and lives.
Ready for some encouragement? I know I am!
SPONSOR A CHILD THROUGH COMPASSION and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Our family has had the privilege of sponsoring three children through Compassion International. We have chosen to use some of the income I receive through my website to sponsor these children and make a difference in their lives. I am so excited to share with you today because I feel in a way you are a big part of making a difference in these children’s lives!
This past Christmas we decided to send an extra “family gift” to each of our sponsored children’s families. Just this past week we received letters from two of the children with pictures of their families and the things they were able to buy with our gift to them.
This is Sonia from Bolivia. She is 11 years old. We have sponsored Sonia for four years now and it has been a joy to watch her grow in the Lord. It has been fun writing letters back and forth. I even was able to share a pancake recipe with her and she said her family loved it! How fun!
Here is a picture of Sonia with her father and mother and little sister, along with all the items they were able to purchase (sugar, rice, shampoo, soap, boots, shoes, sweaters, pants, sneakers, dolls for the girls, backpacks, colors, and more).
I can’t explain how it did my heart good this past weekend to receive Sonia’s letter of thankfulness. Sometimes when I can’t see how I am making a difference, I begin to wonder if I really am. This picture confirmed in my heart and mind that we are truly making a difference not only in Sonia’s life, but in the lives of her family as well. What a blessing!
This is Oscar from Honduras. We have been sponsoring Oscar for three years now. I am anxious to see if we receive a picture from him as well. Oscar is 12 years old and lives with his grandmother and uncle. His parents were separated and just last year his father died. Pray for Oscar that at this critical time in his life that he will turn to the Lord for strength. His letters remain optimistic and I pray that we will continue to be a source of encouragement to him and his family.
This is Marvin from Bolivia. He is 7 years old. We have been sponsoring Marvin for just over a year now. The letters that come are written by his tutor, but it is a joy to receive communication from Marvin and find out about his life.
You can see Marvin and his mom and I assume another family member in the picture above. His family was able to buy a bed frame, box springs and mattress, and a chest of drawers with the money we sent them at Christmas. Marvin said in his letter that he was so thankful and that “now he will be able to sleep well.”
Wow. We take so many things for granted here in the states. We have so much and yet grumble over what we don’t have. My heart was encouraged and challenged to look around and truly be thankful for what we have, and also to look for more ways we can bless others out of our abundance.
It was received these letters and pictures this past week that opened my eyes and made me realize how much we really can make a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes the things we do seem so insignificant, but God can take our “loaves and fishes” and multiply them for His glory!
If you are looking for a very real way to make a difference in a child’s life, consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. I promise that you and your whole family will be blessed!
I look forward to the rest of this series and sharing with you additional ways that you can make a difference in other people’s lives, even if you are a stay-at-home mom!
How about you? What have you and your family done to make a difference in some else’s life? Please share your ideas in the comments!