Recently, I received a letter from my 9 year old sponsored child Bea Joy in The Philippines. Both her natural mom and dad are deceased; so her elder sister has adopted her. Not only did this letter contain two beautiful color drawings with bible verses, but Bea Joy shared with me how her birthday was special this year. She had prayed that she would receive a birthday gift. Her sister and husband are very poor and are only able to provide the essentials like food and shelter to her. I remembered to send a birthday gift ($) thru Compassion and it arrived just in time. Bea Joy wrote that this was her first birthday gift ever. Oh my. The Bible verse about joyful giving meant that much more to me. Bea Joy then went on to say that she was praying for my family. This one letter reinforced the importance that we as sponsors can make a difference in a child's life through our faithful prayers, letters, sharing blessings all in the name of Jesus' My prayer is that each sponsor and future sponsors will receive encouragement from their sponsored child.