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The gift of sponsoring a child with disabilities

The gift of sponsoring a child with disabilities

Written by Julie Gulley, Mission Trip Manager


Life in Haiti is hard. Life in Haiti with a disability is unimaginable...
Yet sponsors are changing lives for children with physical disabilities!

Joseph is a young boy with a physical disability who is blessed to have a sponsor, and what a wonderful sponsor he has! Joseph cannot speak or walk. When I see Joseph, I can’t help but cry because of a mix of emotion: he can’t sit up without being helped and then supported and he endures pain every day, yet his beautiful face exudes joy! 

Last year, Joseph’s sponsor built a home for his family. This has been an amazing blessing! Now they stay clean and dry and are free from critters constantly coming in their house. Joseph’s sponsor recently provided a bed for him AND we had a wheelchair to give him! Can you imagine sleeping on a bed after laying on the hard ground for years? And can you imagine being able to sit up during the day and go outside for walks around the village? These simple things have opened a whole new world for him!

Joseph in wheelchair

As a child with a disability in Haiti, Joseph is not afforded the luxuries of physical therapy, wheelchairs, and things that make disabilities easier to manage. But a sponsor has changed that for him!

There is another young man in his late teens who has a physical disability. When his mom puts him down, he just starts rolling away. It’s simply painful to watch. He must be carried everywhere and, as he’s grown, it’s become difficult: his mom must carry him onto a Tap Tap (a public bus) and to the Lifeline campus. At home, she tethers him to something in the house to keep him from rolling away. Until his sponsor provided a bed, this young man laid on the floor all day. Can you imagine the joy he experienced by receiving a bed?!

Sponsoring a child is so rewarding and sponsoring a child with disabilities is rewarding in a different waythey may not fully grasp what you share in your emails, they may not be able to respond to your questions, and they may not always understand how much you care for them.

But, my friends, one day...one fine day in Heaven...you will see. Every email, prayer, and gift has an impact; I can’t put into words the hope it gives to the children and the families. There are beautiful jewels being added to these sponsors’ heavenly crowns!



There are children with special needs in our schools in Haiti and Honduras who do not have a sponsor. Is God tugging on your heart to love one of these little ones through sponsorship? For more information, please contact sponsor@lifeline.org.