On Thursday March 5th, I had the honor of becoming the sponsor for Lizbeth Lizarazu. I could not say "no" when I saw her picture on the Compassion packet. I know I have seen her face before. I am not sure if I saw her packet on Compassion Sunday at Church or if God placed her image on my heart. I was able to meet Lizbeth later in the day. She gave lots of smiles and hugs. My daughter Abby sent along a small container within which she placed a small stuffed dog, stuffed goose and several bracelets. We didn't know how it would be used but felt that God would provide a special person. Lizbeth and her mother were all smiles with the relatively small gift. We also placed a picture of our family within the container. I wrote our names and the ages of Abby and Joshua on the back. My last image of Lizbeth, as our team was leaving, was her holding the container close to her chest with a huge smile on her face.
It is an amazingly humbling experience to grasp all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon our family and have the opportunity to share a small amount with such a beautiful child. To whom much is given, much is expected. We are far from rich as measured by USA standards but abundantly so when measured against the majority of the rest of the world. It really puts things in perspective when the cost of sponsoring a child is basically the cost of eating out once a month. I have to do a better job of putting my "needs" and my "wants" in the proper priority and never let the memories of this trip and the families and homes escape from the forefront of my mind.
I should get to see Lizbeth again today along with Ever and Carlos during our Fun Day at Mariscal Park. No words can describe what a wonderful experience this trip has and continues to be.
Gods Blessings, Your brother in Christ