I wasn’t sure this was something I wanted to get involved in, but you know how things work – I could NOT get those orphans out of my mind. I committed to pray about it every day for a week, looking for guidance and really taking a look at my life and how I was or wasn’t serving God. I go to church, I give my full tithe, and once a month I serve as a greeter before services. I’ve been pretty sure that I am doing my part. Then the pastor’s words from the other week really started to nag at me; “…to look after widows and orphans in their distress.” That’s what God says is acceptable religion.
Yes, the money each month would represent a change in my budget, but it’s not a big change, and at any rate, it feels right. Really, when was the last time I had actually sacrificed anything for my faith! There are lots of organizations working with orphans, but my friend was so positive about her experience with Mosaic Vision that I decided to give them a try first. I went on their website, read some stories, looked at their Facebook feed, and with my heart beating a little faster than normal, sent off an email asking for information on how to start, what the process was, etc. The next day I received a callback and had a long chat with a staff person who had the answers to my questions and had a few of her own: “How had I heard about Mosaic? Did I understand that my decision to sponsor an orphan represented a commitment? Did I have a preference for a boy or a girl? What age child would I like to sponsor?” I was shown several photos of kids waiting to be sponsored.
I immediately sat down and wrote her a letter. I included a picture of our family, and told her about where we live. I told her just how happy we were to have her in our lives, and that we would pray for her. Still, at this point, she is just a person we are helping, a distant new element in our thoughts. Little did I know, or even suspect, that my life would never be the same.