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Giving Back Childhood

Giving back childhood
When Gabriela made the decision to sponsor a child, she brought a unique perspective into the relationship: Gabriela had lived in Honduras as a missionary kid.  Due to her firsthand experience, Gabriela knew her sponsorship was providing more than the basics of life: she was giving her child a chance to experience childhood. 

Gabriela writes...


After a meal packing event at my church, I decided to take the responsibility of sponsoring a child through Lifeline. As I peered over the Honduran faces, Estefany's picture caught my eye. Her big brown eyes and her little chubby cheeks reminded me of my little sister. She lived in the same city that I had grown up in and, for the next few years, I sponsored Estefany in hopes that someday I would return and visit her.




"Many children are forced to grow up quickly in impoverished countries as they have to take responsibility of taking care of younger siblings or do extensive household chores. They are many times robbed of their childhood because of these responsibilities. 
I am glad to give Estefany a bit of a childhood through my gifts of toys and an education at school..."




I was born and lived in Honduras as a missionary kid until I was ten years old. My dad and his whole family are from Honduras and still live there today. Since I was sixteen, I have been working towards teaching and doing mission work in Honduras, where I used to live. In January 2016, God opened doors for me to intern with another Christian organization in Honduras during the summer. Things fell smoothly into place to visit with Estefany while I was in the area. As the date to visit Estefany drew closer, I could not help myself from being nervous and anxious about meeting her, but the moment she saw me and wrapped her arms around my waist all the stress of that day left me. They asked her if she recognized me and she immediately shook her head "yes".
Estefany amazed me by her maturity and level of responsibility. Many children are forced to grow up quickly in impoverished countries as they have to take responsibility of taking care of younger siblings or do extensive household chores. They are many times robbed of their childhood because of these responsibilities. I am glad to give Estefany a bit of a childhood through my gifts of toys and an education at school where she can be with children of her own age. I am also thankful that she is able to gain a strong work ethic at a young age, while still being surrounded by Godly and loving people. I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to talk to her in person and form a deeper relationship with her that day.

Please keep those in Honduras doing God's work in your prayers. I had the opportunity to meet some of them and even have lunch with them; they are fantastic people doing some amazing things for God's kingdom. Also, pray for the children within the school that Lifeline will continue to have a positive impact on their lives.



You can give a child in an impoverished country their childhood.
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