Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Compassion

With the Holidays approaching, it's time to get in the spirit and I don't mean decorations and gift buying. Have you heard of Compassion? A fellow blogger has inspired me to get involved and our family has recently adopted a child from the Philippines.

Meet Myla Erma, who is 7 years old.


Such a precious child. Myla lives on the plains of Bibincahan, home to approximately 15,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bicolano.

The regional diet consists of beans, fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include asthma, tuberculosis and diarrhea. Most adults in Bibincahan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $104 per month. This community has electricity and well water but needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.

Our sponsorship allows the staff of Batit World Child Development Center to provide Myla with Bible studies, sports, health education, art, etiquette classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide parenting training and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Myla.

These children are typically fed one meal a day and often don't receive love in their home(s). I just can't imagine. When asked what she wanted for Christmas, Myla replied "a toothbrush"....OMG *tears*. All she wants is a toothbrush. We take SO MUCH for granted.

I am looking forward to receiving my sponsorship packet and more information on Myla. I can't wait to take Anna Kate shopping for Myla's first package from us :c) I hope it will really make her understand that she has everything she needs and wants and that so many do not. It will be a humbling experience, I'm sure.

So with that, if you feel prompted or inspired to do so, I hope your family can get involved as well. I encourage you to read Kelly's blog, who is currently in El Salvador visiting the Compassion office and some of the children.

1 comments:

kay November 11, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

I saw your comment on Kelly's blog. I was also led to sponsor a child, a 5 year old boy in Ethiopia. May God be with you as you prepare Myla's first package! I'm with you in waiting in anticipation for my sponsorship packet!