Friday, February 1, 2008

I'd like you to meet Shampa........

I've written about her a lot, but keep in mind I'm a single woman! This little girl that I sponsor through Compassion International holds a significant chunk of my heart.

I want to tell you just a little bit about her today. She's going to be SEVEN this month. I can hardly believe it. She's the oldest in her family, she has one younger sister and another baby sibling whose gender I don't yet know! :) She loves to draw flowers and used her birthday money last year to buy a hen. And some new clothes. So clever! Apparently, she also loves to run. :) She's smarter about that than me, I guess!

Her Compassion project was affected by the recent cyclone in Bangladesh but her family is safe, praise the Lord.

Shampa lives in Bangladesh, which is over 80% Muslim. It is estimated that only 30 % of the Women in Bangladesh are literate. The average family income is just 17 dollars a month.

Thankfully, Shampa is not destined to live the same life of others in poverty. Compassion International feeds her, educates her, and shares the love of Jesus with her. And they let me partner with them, by sending a little money each month and writing letters to tell her just how fantastic I think she is. I wish I had a picture to show you, but I don't have a scanner.

Sponsoring Shampa has forced me to realize how much I take my daily comforts for granted and be more willing to give them up so that others can live.

You can also sponsor a child through Compassion. Just have a look at the website and choose the one who tugs at your heart the most. Already sponsor a child? Tell me in comments all about your precious one!

February is blog month at Compassion International and so it's going to be Compassion month here. Each Friday I'll introduce you to one of the children I sponsor. Every time you leave a comment on a Compassion post, you'll be entered into a drawing. This time the drawing isn't something for you though.....
I'll be donating 25 dollars to Compassion International and you'll get to choose which area it should be designated for from this list. I know it's not a lot, but it is a way we can make a difference together! Now, my challenge to you is to do the same thing for your readers on your blog. It doesn't have to be 25 can be whatever you can spare (more or less). If you decide to join in, let me know! Please note...this isn't meant to be used to brag about giving, but rather to join together in the blogging community in the spirit of giving and to realize that even if we already sponsor a child there are still so many areas that need our help. And finally, it's a chance to brag on our kids!

Compassion invites you to follow along on their trip to Uganda on these blogs. They also invite you to blog about them this month. Join in the fun!


Milk in the Closet said...

What a fabulous idea and so gracious of you. We have two Compassion kiddos, one from Kenya and another from Indonesia. We keep their pictures up on the fridge, next to my Pray for Your Children Daily calender. My 18 month old knows them by name and likes to lay hands on their pictures. Precious. You're right, we can all do our part, even if it's little in our eyes, to help others in need.

Looking forward to your posts!

Chaotic Hammer said...

Thanks so much for this, Amy! I am taking my blog out of mothballs for at least this month to join in this cause (we'll see what happens after that as far as continued blogging).

I love the idea about the $25 drawing, but I'm afraid my blog has been stale so long I won't have any comments anyway. That's not going to discourage me from doing this blogging to support Compassion. I realize that the more links and sites on the web that are talking about Compassion, the greater chance that random passers-by or googlers will stumble onto it and end up sponsoring a child. So it's definitely worth it!

Thomas said...

Cool ideal Amy.

I have been thinking about what to blog about in regards to compassion. I think I am going to write about the family gift that I learned about on Brian's blog.

Amy, can you please keep me out of this drawing.


Krista said...

Wow, where have I been? I'd heard about the Uganda trip (Boo Mama is HILARIOUS if you don't already read her), but didn't know this was Compassion Blog month. I have had one child graduate from the program and my second will graduate in about a year and a half. It's so hard because I feel like I get to know them and then they're gone. No contact or anything. I can only keep praying...

Amy said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Krista, I have always wondered about that end of it..seems so sad. :(

Chaotic Hammer...I'll be visiting you!

MITC--that is precious! that is so very cool that it's enough of your life that she knows their names at 18 months...what a cutie she must be!

carla stewart said...

Amy, thanks for the comments on my blog. I hopped over here to see what you were up to. One of the bloggers in the Uganda project is the wife of one of my hubby's colleagues. I know her through cyberspace, and love her blog--Rocks in my Dryer. I'll be following her posts and think you will love her. I was glad to see the others who are doing the project. God Bless.

Amy said...

Hi Carla,

thanks for stopping by! Wow the cyberspace world is a small one! I've just recently checked out RIMD's blog and you're right, I love it. I can't wait to hear all the unique perspectives given on this trip!

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