I know that certain dates can change your life. Your wedding day. The day your child is born. The day you get that job. However, I didn’t realize on the evening of April 30, 2009 that this date would forever change my life.
It rocketed my perspective and my desires to a completely other place than they’d ever been before.
More specifically, it took my heart and shipped it to a slum outside Nagpur, India.
On April 30, 2009 Shawn and I decided to sponsor our first child through Compassion due largely in part because of this Bloggers Trip (Anne‘s posts had my crying like a slobbering fool). We always say that sponsoring her was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. And we’re completely serious. I didn’t think that sponsoring Nikita would change my life, I thought we’d change hers. Provide her nutritious meals, schooling, health checkups, etc. But she’s changed ours in so many ways. They way we are choosing to live our lives. What we find important.
Sponsoring her has made me fall in love with India. Praying that God would redeem and save India. That He would break apart the hierarchy of the caste system and open the eyes of the leaders to the poor dying outside their major cities.
I can’t believe she’s been apart of our lives for a year already. We do our best to write her often and send gifts. I want her to be the little girl that always gets something from her sponsors.
I pray for her salvation and that of her parents and two sisters and brother. This is hugely important to me.
I wear this ring as a reminder of her. To pray for her and her family and her friends.
She is as much part of our family as our own child would be. Even across thousands of miles.
As part of celebrating we sent her some special gifts.
A card, a little wallet size card that reminds her she’s special, Disney Princess stickers, My Little Pony coloring pages, monkey finger puppets I found in the Target Dollar Spot, and a beautiful prayer Shawn wrote for her.
We celebrate this day with great joy and pray that we will continue to celebrate for many, many years.