Last week, I received the phone call that no sponsor wants to receive. It was Compassion calling to tell me that my sweet Roxana from Guatemala has left the program.
This is the same child about whom I posted earlier on this blog after receiving a particularly sweet letter from her. She wrote that she dreams about playing ball with me, and she hopes to see me someday. She also let me know that she keeps the photos I’ve sent to her in a frame next to her bed.
I’ve sponsored her since April 2011, when she had just turned 7.
The Compassion representative who called me said Roxana’s parents pulled her out of the program.
There could be any number of reasons for a parent to take their child out of Compassion. Moving to another area or some other change in the family’s situation could be the reason, though it’s best not to speculate because then my imagination will go wild and only cause me to worry. Instead, I must respect the parents’ choice and trust in God’s plan.
Of course, that’s not exactly easy to do.
Fortunately, my 8-year-old daughter Ryan was able to push things along. She, too, was sad to lose Roxana, but she was ready to start scouring the Compassion web site that same day to sponsor a new little girl.
I set Ryan up at the computer, and searched for girls in Guatemala around the same age as Roxana, and my daughter quickly narrowed it down to one little girl. I told her I wanted to think about it, but the next day, she was back to campaigning for her chosen girl.
She was fairly relentless. Ryan enjoys writing, drawing pictures and making cards for the girls we sponsor, and she wasn’t going to let me mope about Roxana much longer. And she did pick a very cute little girl, so I sponsored my daughter’s choice, Hania, 7, of Guatemala.
I emailed Compassion later that day to request an emailed digital copy of Hania’s photo on file, and found out I am her first sponsor. I also found out this little cutie had been waiting for a sponsor since she registered with Compassion back in September of 2012.
How can it be that almost a year has passed that no one decided to sponsor this little girl?
I immediately sent her an email with photos using Compassion’s online letter-writing tool, and my daughter got to work making cards and drawings for her new friend.
Later that night, Ryan came downstairs at bedtime to show me the photo of Roxana she keeps on her dresser. She leaned in my ear and whispered, “I prayed for Roxana.”
The door may have closed on that special relationship with Roxana, but I am comforted knowing that I’m not alone in continuing to pray for her.
And now we open the door to our newest sponsorship. Welcome to our family, Hania.
Beautiful post, Kerri. It’s entirely possible Roxana will pop back up in the system later on (but, of course, you already know that!). I wish that I had discovered Compassion when my children were young enough to benefit in the way that your little one is. It’s so amazing how sometimes they end up leading us, isn’t it? 😉
God bless! I’ll say a prayer for Roxana and your new happy Hania!
I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if Roxana pops up again at a later date! And yes, my children often surprise me in the way they lead me. It’s amazing to me to think that my daughter managed to pick this girl who so obviously needed a sponsor after such a long wait!
We have been in this very position, and it is difficult and a lesson in trust that seems to be harder to learn each time. Praying for you during this time of transition, and so thankful for your family’s commitment to these precious children! Looking forward to hearing more about your new sponsored child! 🙂
Thank you; we are looking forward to hearing from our newest child and getting to know her!