We had talked about getting a Compassion child for a bit. We thought it would be cool if she was around Melody’s age. I know that when people decide on something like this they usually just take plunge. Why wait when a child is waiting? For some reason, we waited. We peeked in on the website from time to time. Most of the kids were usually older than Melody by a few months at least. And if they were younger they were picked right away before we could even make a decision.
One night, before heading to bed I decided to do a quick check. I put in the search criteria. We were looking for a girl who was 3 years old (the option is 3-5, unless you do an advanced search). And what do you know? There were 12 kids who were 3 years old available to be sponsored. If you ever look on their site, you know this is super rare. The youngest ones get sponsored fairly quickly and there are usually just 2 or 3 listed. But 12?! It’s a sign.
We started clicking on the photos. There was a girl in Mexico who was 1 month younger than Melody. We almost chose her because, hey, we could possibly go to Mexico to meet her one day. And she might not be available for sponsorship if we didn’t hurry to make a decision. Sometimes the kids are sponsored within a click of the refresh button. But we kept going. And then, there she was! Our Solissa! She is from the Dominican Republic. And guess what? Her birthday is on the exact same day as Melody’s! February 9, 2007! She also has a sibling but we don’t know how old or if it is a boy or girl.
So we did it, we sponsored a child. The next morning I told Melody about. We looked on our world map to see where Solissa lives. “Mommy, when Solissa is 4, I’m going to be 4 too!”
So that is our Compassion story. We are writing her a letter right now and Melody has already drawn her a picture and chosen stickers to give her.
We are so excited about this journey and are so glad God has blessed us enough to give to someone else.
Do you have a sponsored child? What you benefited from the relationship?