Stories of child sponsorship through Compassion International are often shared from the perspectives of longtime participants. Ali’s story is only a few months in the making, yet beautifully demonstrates how God joined two hearts thousands of miles apart in such a short time. 

“Isn’t this the cutest kid in the world?!” When I began sponsoring Matias Juan in January, I vehemently exclaimed this phrase as I pulled out my phone to show his picture to EVERYONE I knew, sometimes more than once, for at least a solid two weeks. I continue to hold this opinion. I was so excited to show off his precious little tan face and adorable nervousness as he tugged on his pant leg in the picture.

If you’ve ever been to a concert by Christian artists, you’ve probably experienced the support-a-child intermission. I’ve spent my fair share of time at concerts, so I’ve heard the stories of the artists who support children and even a few stories of adults who were at one time sponsored. They always moved me, but I did not believe that it was what I was supposed to do at the time.

I felt God directing me to sponsorship as I volunteered at the Passion Conference in Atlanta this past January. I told myself, “No, you don’t have money for that right now. You can think about sponsorship later.” God continued pursuing me for this cause throughout and after the conference. Two days after I returned home, I pulled up the Compassion website and viewed the longest waiting children. There he was! That precious little face was right at the top of the page. I knew without any doubt he was the one. God had ordained for me to sponsor and build a relationship with Matias Juan. My heart still flutters when I look at his little picture.

When I was 5, the same age as Matias Juan, my parents said “You better eat your dinner. Don’t waste that food. There are starving children all over the world.” My little sassy self said, somewhat sincerely, “Well, why don’t we send it to them?” We often hear about children in poverty all over the world. Isn’t it something to be able to put a name and a face on those children and call them your own, to support them and pray specifically for them and their families?

I am so looking forward to building a relationship with Matias Juan. I’ve written him several times and just received my first letter from him last week. Oh, what a happy day that was! This was without question one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but it was really just a decision to follow God where he was leading me.

Reserve your spot for The Compassion Experience at the TrueNorth campus March 24-27, and get ready for Compassion Sunday under the Events tab at truenorthchurch.com.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Serve at the child sponsorship table at the TrueNorth Church campus this Sunday morning. Sign up here.