When I walked over to the table and picked up that card one Sunday after church I thought I would love to meet this girl. It's probably not that realistic though. I looked at her picture every day for months, prayed for her, wrote her letters and sent her pictures. I even bragged about her as if she were my own for over a year. Then one day I picked up another card with a little boy on it and hung it right next to Ruth and prayed for both of them often wondering what it would be like to be a child living in poverty and having a stranger write to me telling me they loved me and were praying for me. I think today I found out. When my name was called the Compassion representative began to look around for my sponsored children and I pointed and said they're right there! I began to walk down the hill and Eduardo ran as fast as he could toward me and jumped right into my arms and squeezed me as tight as he could. After a bit I set him down and looked at Ruth and she jumped right in my arms as well squeezing me as tight as she could. It's really incredible to love and to be loved by someone you've never met before. We spent a few hours at the park playing, looking at animals and having lunch together. Both kids were holding my hands all day and I received and gave more kisses today than I can ever remember. I could never have imagined that a few letters, prayers and encouraging words could create such a bond. I'm so thankful for this opportunity that God has given me. This is a day that will cherished forever by Ruth, Eduardo and me!

Cyrstal

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