Trouble paying, will sponsor until another sponsor found

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Hi, my name's Rebecca Efrem (in case that's not stated with this comment) and I'm having trouble paying for my sponsor kids. Work hasn't been as consistent for a while and the balance has stacked up. Is there any way that I can continue to support my children until they find another sponsor who can support them better, then I would hand over the sponsorship? I really don't want to and I've prayed and prayed for provision, but it hasn't come and I feel it isn't fair to hold on to this sponsorship when God hasn't really provided through me for a while now. Down the line, if the Lord wills, I would like to sponsor more children but I don't think I can right now. Anyone can answer, but I'm really gearing this question to a Compassion representative. Thanks. :)
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Rebecca Efrem

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Katy

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I know they will answer "officially" as soon as they can, but I know they are busy so I wanted to give you the encouragement where they can arrange things so for 3 months you wont have to pay, and for 6 months the price will be halved so in 9 months you can see where you are at financially and reconsider then.
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Compassion will answer tomorrow and Kaitlynn's answer is correct, just one more thing to add..
They can't really look for another sponsor while you are still sponsoring the child, but if, after the options Kaitlynn has mentioned, you still need to drop the child, they will remain in the program and be able to receive their benefits still until they find a new sponsor.  Compassion has an "unsponsored child fund" that people donate to so that this can happen! 

You mentioned that you want to sponsor kids but can't financially.  Have you considered the correspondence program?  This is where people who can't write or don't want to write (for example, a company that sponsors a few hundred children at a time) sign up the child they sponsored to have a correspondent sponsor.  Correspondent sponsors build a relationship with a child through letters and get to encourage them.  The child thinks of the correspondent as their sponsor.  But, someone else pays the bill for it. 

There is a waiting list to have a correspondent child, and the downside is that you may lose the child should the financial sponsor decide to write to them again themselves (I've had that happen once in 4 years and I have 50 kids, but I know others who have had it happen more), or if they drop the child's sponsorship (in which case you are given first choice to take it over, but if you can't you lose them... I've had it happen 2x) but it means so much to the children to get letters! 

The only requirement is that you write to the child at least 3x a year.
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Hi Rebecca! I am so sorry that you haven't had consistency in your job lately and I will be praying that God brings more work to you soon! You have faithfully sponsored Vignesh and Izabayo for the past two years, which we are so grateful for. If it would help you out, I would love to completely cover the months you have missed as well as your donations through April. I can also reduce your sponsorship to $19 a month per child from May through October. Just let me know if that would help you out! Regrettably, I don't have a way to put your boys up for sponsorship until we officially end their sponsorships with you. You can't continue to sponsor them while we look for another sponsor. If my offer still won't help, I can put them up for sponsorship immediately. They will still be completely taken care of, not missing out on a single activity during the time we look for new sponsors for them.

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Kaitlynn and Teresa, thank you for your responses. I appreciate it very much. And Sarah, yes please! Oh that would be so extremely helpful. The last thing I ever want to do is have these boys told that the person who's been saying "I love you" is giving up on them. God doesn't do that, so I don't want to either. I'm graduating in May and I hope and pray that this will give me enough time to get my footing to be able to steadily provide, Lord willing. Thank you Sarah for all y'all do, and for allowing me to sponsor these children! Please let me know if there are any changes with this plan. I hope the peace of God is dwelling in your hearts Sara, Teresa and Kaitlynn. Take care. :)
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Rebecca, I am so glad to hear our offer will help you continue your sponsorship for both boys! I know they cherish you so much, so thank you for the willingness you have to pour love and courage into their lives! I have taken care of your donations through April and reduced your sponsorship to $19 from May- October. I'll certainly be praying for God to bless your last few months in school and to help you find a job quickly after graduation! We are so honored and encouraged to have you as a part of our ministry. Thank you so much for your gracious words of encouragement for us as well!

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