Child Sponsorship

So, the big ol’ Carnival is just a few days away! I can’t wait!

Have I mentioned that World Vision will be at the Carnival?

We believe that child sponsorship is a great way to care for children and also a feasible way to ‘adopt’ a child into your family. We sponsor David and Emely (in Honduras) and we feel like they are a part of our family. We pray for them everyday. Miss Emely has a birthday soon and we sent a gift and will be celebrating with her from afar.

I was very excited when World Vision said they would love to be part of our Carnival. I talked with the child ambassador last week and she said that there was a bit of a mix-up and instead of receiving 50 children’s packets she received 138.

138!!

This means that there will be 138 children at our Carnival needing the love, financial support, and prayers of a family.There will be 138 pictures of children that have been removed from the system in hopes that they would find sponsors at our event. Some of these children are from Honduras and others from all over the world.

Would you consider ‘adopting’ one of these children?  All it takes is a $1/day! If so, then stop at the World Vision booth first thing on Sunday! If you can’t make it on Sunday but would love to sponsor one of these children, please email me at this address: adoption@swederican.com

Ironically and not so ironically, James was interviewed by our local radio station discussing why we chose to be child sponsors. The interview aired a few weeks ago, but you can listen to it here: Faith Radio Interview

I am so proud of him!

Serving Together

We ended our small group for the year by serving together. We (along with the kids that were old enough) went to Feed My Starving Children to pack food for hungry/malnourished kids. The food we packed was being sent to Haiti. The leader talked about how mothers there feed their children Haitian biscuits made of mud, water, and a little oil/salt to help ease their hunger so they can sleep at night.

It is so difficult to grasp that type of hunger when we have such an overabundance of food.

Here is MissE with some of her small group friends, ready to serve! They did such a great job of scooping rice, measuring veggies, and filling bags.

By the end of the night our entire group had packed 40 boxes, enough food to feed 24 children for an entire year!

The world-wide orphan crisis is largely fueled by poverty and taking steps to help parents/communities feed children is one way we can actively be part of the solution. We look forward to packing meals regularly as a family. It was a great experience for MissE and she came home eager to brainstorm more ideas/way to help raise money to care for orphans and starving children around the world.

Stay tuned for one of her great ideas!!