For our children, many of whom come from hard places and broken homes, the most important thing is consistent care in a family environment. Anytime a child is sponsored in our program, it means meeting their needs and supporting their family. Our goal is every child in a family. But every family also needs a community of care and support to really thrive. Part of our child sponsorship programs provide for things like VBS at the local church. We have Saturday Suppers with community and bible studies together. Our job training programs, like the Sewing Program, create a close knit community working together. Our community is more than just the children, their families, and their caregivers. For P82, the community includes YOU, the sponsors.
Twice each year, each sponsor is asked to send a letter to your child. We take those letters during our June and November Mission trips. The children eagerly await their letters in the summer and winter each year! They will also write back to you, and the caregivers will help the youngest with writing and spelling. This year, we are sending 7 teams to our Kenyan communities and the children love to have guests come and visit. Did you know that you can actually meet your sponsored child? Carey Akin met James on a trip in 2012. He came home and decided to sponsor James. Carey and James have formed a bond over several years as Carey has visited Kenyan on several of our trips. James knows that Carey is praying for him, cheering him on, and supporting him.
A P82 sponsor recently returned from a trip with us. He had been several times, the first trip was very early in our ministry. “The children have changed. There is hope here now- you can feel it!” The Child Sponsorship program is provides food, shelter, medical care, clothing, school fees, and Biblical learning for the children. But more importantly, it creates hope for these children. They are eager to meet their sponsors because, now, they know that someone believes in them and wants them to succeed.
Find out more about sponsoring a child, meeting that child’s needs and giving him or her a sense of hope. We thank all of our generous child sponsors; you are making a difference in the life of a child today.
This is the last in a four part series on our Child Sponsorship. Read the rest of the series here.
Part 1: What’s Our Difference?
Part 2: Roots to Grow
Part 3: Wings to Fly
Part 4: A Home and a Community
Michelle and her daughter Claire visited Kenya last summer and met their sponsored child, Zipporah. Read Michelle’s blog about meeting Zipporah.