I take for granted that my heart works. It vigorously pumps blood throughout my branching veins. It thump-thumps in rhythm like the beat in a great song. Sure it goes a little fast some times, skips a beat, but all in all…..it works well.
Meet Achile. Achile’s heart doesn’t work very well. He is an 8-year-old boy in Burkina Faso with a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot. On Jun 17th, he arrived in India for heart surgery. This precious little boy needs heart surgery. His pain is great, and for the last five (5) years has been unable to attend school on a regular basis.
Achile has the privilege of being in the Compassion program in Burkina Faso. More than that, when Compassion HQ contacted Shaun Groves that he needed to pull his child sponsorship info from the boxes that would be shared at concerts & conferences Shaun more than stepped up to the plate. Actually…his son did.
Not only is Achile part of Compassion, he’s sponsored. By none other than Shaun’s son. He get’s the chance for life years from now, and gets to hear about Jesus, and gets to be loved on by a little boy and his family in Tennessee, USA.
Of course with any surgery, this isn’t cheap: $20,449. You can help. I encourage you to give towards helping pay for the surgery & airfare to save this little boy’s life.
In Matthew Jesus tells His disciples that when we’ve given to the least of these (the poor, the needy, the alien, the orphan) we have done these to Jesus himself. Click the link below, donate. Touch not only the heart of Achile, but also the heart of Jesus.
Update on Achille.
My first experience with Compassion Intl. was when I was in highschool. Our family sponsored a young girl in Haiti. Now my relationship with them is more personal. It is my husband and I who are sponsoring our own child, Nikita. I can’t express how blessed I am to have her in our lives half a world away.
This week I’m following the Compassion Blog Trip to El Salvador. I’m reading the stories of five women and one man who are visiting, meeting, and getting down & dirty with the families and workers that are involved in the Compassion project down there. The only thing I can think to say is I’m so moved. I have to read these stories, watch the videos, look at the pictures taken when I’m at home and I can cry and not make a fool of myself. If you get a chance I recommend reading some of the blog posts. And if you don’t or even if you do pray about whether God would have you sponsor a child through Compassion. It is because of one of these Blog Trips that Shawn and I decided to sponsor Nikita.
Thank you to all the bloggers on the El Salvador trip. You are touching my life all the way here in Arizona.
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.