When $40 Changes History
Today I’m over at Project HopeWorldwide talking about one of my favorite subjects: sponsorship and how it changed my life.
In the spring of 2008, a woman emailed me about sponsoring a child in Ethiopia. Forty dollars a month would cover his food, schooling and basic medical care. To say I was skeptical was an understatement.
My husband and I had never signed up for a sponsorship program before and we were both unsure. I had a lot of questions about whether our money would be going for the right causes. We checked into the organization more and I had a few phone calls with some of their leaders stateside. In the end, a nine year old boy’s picture arrived at our house a few days later, where we placed him on the refrigerator and promised ourselves to pray for him.
We were desperately trying to become parents during this time as well. Biology was not in our favor and after years of trying, we were labeled as “infertile” by summer of 2008. I was devastated. Our first letter from our sponsored child in Ethiopia arrived a few weeks later.
While adoption had been on our radar for years, we planned out life as pregnancy first, adoption later. With only the promise of more failed fertility remedies before us, adoption was moved to the front of the line. As the letters continued to pass between Oklahoma City and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, so did my husband and I’s research into alternative ways to become a family.
You can read the rest of the blog post over here.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend.
Hugs and love,