Compassion International

Raphael

Raphael

Folks, I cannot tell you how my life has been changing over the past 6 or so months. God took my places I never knew I would go, he showed me things I never knew I would see. I will post more later this month on Culture Shock and how, honestly, it has only been the past month that I have been able to start the process of reflecting on the best summer of my life. One of the things that is weighing heavily on my heart is Raphael, the child I sponsor in Kenya.

Here’s the truth: I miss him and love the heck out of him.

Here’s even more truth:

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Mark 10:14

I met Raphael. I met the child I sponsor. Who does that?!?! I began sponsoring Raphael in late July/early August of 2008. I had wanted to sponsor a child, but until then could not affort to give a child $32 (now $38) a month. But I felt the time was right, and at BigStuf I picked the child I wanted. Who would know that less than a year later I would be meeting this kid?

Here was my whole perception of child sponsorship before. (more…)

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Hello!

Hey guys!
What’s up! Not much updates from me lately and it is because of my work schedule, church stuff, and all the homework….mainly my 20 page research paper. Ouch, right?! For those of you who have already given to me, I have gotten information of your support and cannot thank you enough and you should defiantly be hearing from me within the next 7-8 days. I am blown away by all the support I have raised for my BigStuf internship (70% of $2,600), and know that 70% will be soon 100% by the grace of God. Speaking of which, I really need prayers and so does my whole team and the staff at BigStuf. We are stressed to our limits at the moment and we have so much in the coming weeks (About 5 till my internship starts!!!!!). Please be in prayer for us students as we get ready for exams in two weeks. Please be in prayer for the staff as they get all the final adjustments for our Kenya trip, training, set up in Panama City, all the store supplies, all the production equipment ($100s of thousands worth), the band, the speakers, the hotel and staff (many international hotel staff to reach out to), the students we will be impacting, the children in Kenya that will be sponsored through students and Compassion International.

Our hearts are heavy, burdened, and conflicted right now as we get ready for the summer. Please pray for us.
Thanks!
– Trent