PLEASE, WE NEED YOUR HELP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD COMMENTS ABOUT SPONSORING A CHILD OR VISITING YOUR SPONSORED CHILD, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL---OR IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO MAKE COMMENTS, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR PERMISSION TO USE YOUR SPONSORED CHILD'S PHOTO ALONG WITH YOUR NAME. Rick Raymond
Ken & Darlene with Ana 2008
Our First Meeting With Ana Victoria
Excitement and anticipation filled our hearts and minds as we walked the dirt path toward Ana’s home in Cien Fuegos. It was difficult to comprehend that we were about to meet and hug the 12 yr old girl we had corresponded with for a year. We learned later that Ana had been praying that one day she would meet her American sponsors. On the porch we were greeted with smiles, tears of joy and hugs. In her hand was our photograph that we had sent her. We met her family and were welcomed into the home to see where Ana lived.
We were able to express our love for Ana, to assure her mother of our sincerity and desire to share and assist in any way we could and to express gratitude for sharing her daughters affections with us. We have visited Ana and her mother now for a total of 3 consecutive yrs. watching her grow and develop a bond with us as we become more assured that our support for her and her family has made a difference in their lives.
Ken and Darlene Stamm
Rita buying stove for Doribel & mom
Steve & Rita DeVore
Steve & Rita DeVore (you know the former owners of Shranks and The Yellow Sub) now own a bed and breakfast in San Jose Costa Rica name Casa Bella Rita. They were one of the first couples to embrace the whole Project Santiago idea. When I heard that they were about to take a trip to the Dominican Republic in a couple of weeks, I presented the idea of sponsoring a child with the idea that some day they would be able to meet them. "Sure," they said, "Do you have pictures or profiles of the kids we can pick from?" Steve picked Moises David and Rita wanted to sponsor a cute little girl named Doribel. "By the way, can you arrange for us to meet the kids in two weeks?" I phoned Children Int'l and they said NO PROBLEMA. When Steve and Rita returned to Battle Creek, they brought me photos of their trip. Apparently, while at Doribels, they had asked her mother if there was anything that she really needed. She said she would really like something cook on because she had been cooking over any open fire. So, they climbed in the taxi, went to town, and purchased a propane stove and tank for her. Doribels mom was ecstatic. Next stop was a visit to Moises. They asked him if there was anything he really needed and his mom said yes, underwear! They took Moises to the store and bought him his underwear, along with a ball and bat. One time after showing me a letter from one their sponsored children that thanked them for all they do, Rita said, "I sure am glad you turned us on to Children Int'l." Over the years, Steve and Rita have not only provided their sponsored children with basic sponsorship, they have also provided many special gifts when the need arose. Oh, one other thing about visiting your child(ren), often times you might come across another youngster that just pulls at your heart, and that is what happened to them on one of their visits. They now also sponsor Cristopher, who is a cousin of Doribel, and even though they have moved to Costa Rica, continue to sponsor all three children. RR with permission from Steve & Rita Devore
Steve & RIta meet Moises
Blessings of Having a Sponsored Child
My sponsored child is named Juan Carlos. When I decided to sponsor a child, I had in mind to sponsor a little girl as I mostly had experience raising son's. When I looked at the photo's, one little boy stood out among the rest. He reminded me of my friend's grandson, who I thought was so adorable. So, began my adventure with Juan.
Through my regular sponsorship, basic items are purchased for Juan. He and his family are so grateful for the most minute items that we all take for granted, here in our blessed United States.
Juan Carlos with Dining Room Set
Once a year I send an extra gift for items that they would normally not be able to have. Last year they were able to purchase a motorbike that will help Juan's father bring more income in to support his family. This year, they were able to buy a dining set so they could all eat their meals together, a television, a bike for Juan and a pump so that they could have water in their home.
I receive notes from Juan and his family thanking me for the gifts and telling me how grateful they are for my sponsorship. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to share my blessings with this family and am thankful that I can make a difference in their lives.
Enclosed is a picture of Juan at his new dining table. He is growing into a handsome young man!
My Family and I sponsored a little girl Yasmeiry. She is five years old and has a little sister who is 3. Even though not everything was stable for us with work, $20 a month didn't seem like much and I felt a pull to do it. We have adopted this family as our own and it has been life changing for us. And thanks to God that we were able to continue our sponsorship through good times and bad. I had a friend go to Dominican last Febuary on a missions trip to help build houses and help out in lots of other ways. She even got to go to the village where Yasmeiry and her family lived and deliver the girls VERY 1ST GIFTS THEY HAVE EVER RECEIVED! It brought a tear to everyones eyes and put another star in my eye. I have been going to church often now and I love the church we attend and somehow lately every service has been speaking to me about a mission. Read the rest of Erin's story on the news page