In 1952 Everett Swanson visited South Korea to preach the Gospel. During his visit he encountered children orphaned by the war. While in South Korea Everett was challenged by a missionary friend: "You have seen the tremendous needs and unparalleded opportunities of this land. What do you intend to do about it? Four later Everett did something; he started Compassion International
In 2003 I met a beautiful young lady named Charity Fairfield who was passionate about Compassion International. As time progressed I made her my wife but I honestly think one of the unwritten prenuptial agreements was that I would have to sponsor a child with Compassion. In 2005 I started sponsoring Edgar. This passion to help out children in need started with a man I will not meet on earth and continues in my home.
The sad thing for me is that after 8 years of writing letters with Edgar he is going to graduate from High School. Now I know I am supposed to be happy but I am going to miss him. I enjoy reading his letters. I've been blessed to pray for him every night. I love seeing how he has matured as a young man and I've been able to walk alongside (from afar) though some difficult times.
I am thankful Compassion gave me a heads up but I am going to be sad in December when Edgar graduates. Until then I will keep praying for him, sending him letters and encouraging him in life. The impact that Edgar has had on me, as a person, I am unable to put into words. The only way I can express this is to invite you to sponsor a child and live life beyond yourself.
Thanks for letter me help out Compassion! You are amazing.