Sunday, June 15, 2008
Meet little Leya...
Our family has been meaning to do this for a while now, but we finally are sponsoring a young child through World Vision. She is a little four-year old girl named Leya and she lives in Uganda. The girls chose her because they wanted a little girl that was born on September 11th. (World Vision has a database to help you choose a child or you can let them choose one for you.)
The information we received on Leya says, "Leya lives with her parents and 1 brother. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Leya and her family live in a community severely affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. In some communities, AIDS affects the entire social structure as a generation of hardworking adults is being wiped out. Frightened children and exhausted grandparents rarely have money for food, school, or medical care. Through sponsorship, you can help with these and other basic needs for Leya and her family. Leya is not in school at this time. She likes to play with dolls. She helps at home by learning to do small tasks. She is in satisfactory health. Your sponsorship commitment will help provide Leya and her community with the assistance they need to save a generation from the HIV/AIDS crisis. World Vision will faithfully use your sponsorship support of Leya to meet her needs and minimize the impact of AIDS in her community through tangible prevention and care programs. You are an answer to prayer, helping children and families gain access to basic needs and learn about God's unconditional love."
This is just one small thing our family can do to help someone in need far away. We live such a privileged life in America, I want the girls to learn about the underprivileged and how it's our responsibility and a great honor to help them, even if we live in a different country. They are very excited to start writing letters to her and develop a long-distance relationship with her. We've also started praying for little Leya that God would bless her and her family and that God would use her in a big way in the community that she lives in.