Think back for a minute, for a time when you had to wait, maybe at the grocery checkout, or at the bank, or a busy day in traffic. What about the lineups to buy merchandise during the busy seasons like Christmas. Have you waited for an appointment? Do you remember a time when you had to wait for a whole week? Do you remember waiting for your birthday or for Christmas to hurry up and come? Your grad? Your wedding? Your first child? Payday? Sometimes it took forever for the special day to arrive.
Do you think waiting takes longer for children than adults?
Does it depend on what you are waiting for?
Let’s say you’re a child growing up in poverty. A church nearby your home announces that they have partnered with Compassion and because of this partnership, if you are registered in the program, you will receive benefits that were never before available to you.
- educational opportunities
- health care and health-related instruction
- life-skills training
And opportunities to hear about and respond to the gospel.
It’s all very exciting so your parents take you and register you at the local church. The church volunteers gather information about you and your family and take your picture. You’re officially registered!
You now have all the financial benefits of this program but there’s more! You are going to be connected to one sponsor. You just have to wait for someone to sponsor you.
And for some children, they wait and wait and wait…
What is that child feeling once they are registered and know their picture is going to be sent out all over the world and a sponsor is going to choose them?
Are they a little bit scared of the unknown?
Are they excited to find out who will choose them?
Does a week feel like a month?
What about when some of their friends start to get chosen?
Do they begin to anticipate their own new sponsor must be very close now?
What happens three months later and they are still not chosen?
Do they begin to worry just a little bit?
What about six months later?
What are they waiting for now?
They are waiting for the love of a sponsor.
How long will they wait before they start to feel like maybe they won’t get a sponsor after all?
Every country you go to, the symbol of love is a heart.
Check out all the hearts in the address below. Each heart represents one child that has waited 180 day or more.
Some are a whole year!
Imagine how that child feels!
What is your heart telling you?