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Did your Colorado office have the wrong photo to begin with, or has there been some kind of "bait and switch" at the Haiti office? The woman doesn't look quite like his mother did in our previous photo either, but it isn't as obvious. The child is obviously not "ours." We were so happy to get news of Sterson after all these months of begging for it, and now we don't even know if "our" Sterson exists.
We have confidence that our sponsored girl in Haiti (different church and project) is who she is supposed to be and we have a relationship with her due to the many photos and letters received. We have confidence in our sponsored girl in Uganda and delight in the growth of our relationship with her and her family due to the many photos and letters received. As for our sponsored boy in Burkina Faso, there was a little deceitfulness with one photo, but it was cleared up with apology; and even though it was disconcerting to find out he enjoys Ramadan meals with friends, receives Ramadan gifts from his grandparents (his guardians), and has even gone with his friend to a mosque, we believe he and his situation are real and that we can help him realize the saving love of Christ.
It's because of our other sponsorships that we aren't assuming Compassion's main office is complicit in the substitution of the boy in the recent photo for the one we think we're sponsoring. But we do ask and expect an explanation.
If we don't get evidence by the end of July 2018 that the boy we chose July 31, 2016 is indeed the one we're sponsoring, we will cancel that sponsorship immediately and require a thorough explanation of why and how our monthly support has been given to someone else without our permission (which, of so, would be stealing).
We're very concerned about the boy we believe(d) we're sponsoring. Where is he? Why can't we "see" him in a recent photo? Is he alive? Why the switch, the deceit, the lie?
--Mitchel and Kathleen