It is such a joy to hear how God works through our child sponsorship program to not only change the lives of vulnerable children and families in Moldova and the Amazon, but also make a lasting impact on the sponsors themselves. Below is an inspiring Q&A with one of our sponsors, Teresa Harris (pictured second from left). She currently has 38 sponsorships, which include priority needs families, vulnerable children, and teens in Moldova.
Q: Why did you choose to sponsor with JMI?
Their joy and gratitude to receive seasonal clothes, shoes and extra food bags makes my sacrifice to the Lord worthwhile. I give to Him and His family. These are my family.
Q: What do you think is the greatest benefit that your sponsored child receives through this program?
A: The most obvious and visible impact I’ve seen is the physical improvement in their bodies. The first pictures I see are of a sad, hungry and depressed child or family. As I receive letters and photos from them, I see improvement in appearance, growth and hope. Most of them go to the monthly meeting and receive their gifts. I know they are hearing the Gospel, playing games and helping the JMI staff. The crushing poverty affects their spirit, soul and body. What you give for one child or family will bless, uplift and strengthen them until they are strong enough to leave the program. It’s two-way. God is working on you too, to trust Him to provide more, so you can give more. The Bible says He loves a cheerful giver. Put God first. If your heart is stingy, you give sparingly. If your heart is grateful and generous, you give abundantly. Giving to God is an act of faith and worship. He will fill your heart with joy after you give.
Taking the step to stand in the gap for a vulnerable child as a sponsor is one of the most meaningful ways to make a real, tangible difference in the life of an impoverished person a world away. Many sponsors who generously choose to support a child in need are surprised by what a personally rich and rewarding experience it can be. You can learn more in our Complete Guide to Child Sponsorship.
Are you ready to change a child’s life, as well as your own? Find a child to sponsor here: