>So for post #4 of 25 Days of Christmas over at Our Life’s Journey, we are supposed to be giving you a favorite Christmas memory. I am going to give you a memory, an action that changed the course of our family. Turn down the lights and let me set the stage:
It was our first Christmas married. We were in Wake Forest, North Carolina while Matthew was taking classes at Southeastern Seminary and we were all alone. My great grandmother had passed away about two weeks before and we had made an emergency trip home to go to her funeral. With no more vacation time, we were away from family on our first Christmas. Totally alone. I know you’re thinking, “This was supposed to be a good memory wasn’t it?” Patience grasshopper. I’m getting there.
So Christmas morning rolls around and it’s just the two of us, not many gifts and a whole Turkey (we ate the whole thing! Not right away of course…) from Matthew’s kind employers at UPS.
With Christmas being a little bit of a bummer, we started thinking…”Why is this so disappointing? This isn’t what Christmas is supposed to be about anyways!” We always grew up hearing, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but in reality getting the biggest and best presents was the reason for the season for us!!!”
The more we started thinking (it’s dangerous I know) the more we realized that we wanted it to be about more than us. When trying to put that into action I remembered something I had grown up with my father doing, sponsoring children through Compassion International.
It was something that I had always wanted to do when I grew up and here I was grown up and wanting to make a difference. Shortly after Christmas 2008 we sponsored our first Compassion child, Charles Okalingwa from Uganda. I had visited Uganda the summer before and had fallen in love (more about that some other time) it seemed like the perfect fit.
Now, let’s fast forward to Christmas 2010. Where are we now? We now sponsor 4 children through Compassion and write letters to another. That’s five children whose lives we change. All because we were alone on Christmas.
Do you want to see what they have done to our lives? Entering our house from the side door you would immediately see their pictures above the sink, in the perfect spot to allow us to pray for them as we wash dishes and cook. Walking into the living room somewhere around you would see this huge thing:
What is this? It is our Compassion binder where we keep all of our letters from our children, flat gifts to go out with the letters we send, photo updates and more. Matthew bought this for me for our 2nd anniversary. Wanna take a closer look?