What happens to my child when I am gone?

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This may seem like a strange question but I'll just throw it out there. I am 55 years old and was moved to sponsor my first child. She is only 5 and will not graduate the program until age 22. God willing, I will still be around but in the event that I am not, what happens to my sponsored child?
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I have a little girl that will turn four in June and I think about that, too! Fortunately for me, our son said to me he would take my sponsor kids when that time comes. Compassion does allow sponsors to pay up to three years in advance so we older sponsors can do that to help ensure our kids are cared for financially.
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Marcus, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and concern for your child's future. However, I pray that you're still in good health and have plenty left for your future still when your child reaches the point of completing our program :). 

Please rest assured that our children are never kicked out of our program for reason being that their sponsor is no longer able to support them for whatever reason. Some of our sponsors do make plans for their child ahead of time as Denise mentioned. However, if not and a sponsor passes away or is no longer able to continue for whatever reason, we will make that child available for another sponsor immediately. During the time a child is waiting for a sponsor, they continue to receive the same life changing support that they do when they're sponsored, they just no longer receive letters. Your child would still be able to continue attending the program and taking part in all activities at the center. 

Marcus, we are so honored to partner with you as you love, encourage, support, and mentor this child. Thank you so much for welcoming her into your family and changing her life for the better. God bless you and let us know if you have any other questions as you begin this journey :). 
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My church has an older congregation and this was a concern of several people who hesitated to sponsor. One woman is in her 70s, another man is battling cancer. I assured them they can trust God to take care of their children when that time comes, and in the meantime, they can be an immense blessing to their sponsored children. What they didn't expect is how blessed they are in return! The man was glowing with an ear-to-ear grin when he told me his child called him, "Papa Henry." The woman sponsored two girls, and has helped me with several Compassion Sundays, and is helping me tomorrow host an afternoon of letter writing at our church with all the sponsors and anyone who just wants to come help. Compassion has drawn our small church congregation together in a way no one could have imagined! God has blessed us all. :)
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Wow, Sandy! What an awesome story! Thank you so much for sharing this :)

"And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:10

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Today I received a phone call that "Papa Henry" was found dead yesterday. :( I am so sad!! Since he lived alone, I'm not sure anyone would know to contact Compassion about his sponsored child. She will be so sad her Papa Henry is dead. I emailed Compassion to alert them, and to see about possibly taking over her sponsorship. With any of us, this is always a possibility - but Compassion will make sure our sponsored children are taken care of and new sponsors found as soon as possible. Still, it will be a sad conversation for Henry's little sponsored child when she is given this news. Please pray for her! 
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I just can't hit "like". I, too, have thought along these lines--I'm 65 and sponsor a little 'un of 4 years. I am touched by Papa Henry's story and so sad with his passing. Happy too, that he's home. Father, please comfort Papa Henry's little girl. Surround her with your peace and love. Bless her and help her to recall with joy memories of her sponsor. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
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Thank you Leslie! That is a beautiful prayer, and one I will be repeating as I continue to pray for her. I am 54, but that doesn't mean I will see all my children graduate the program. My mom died suddenly at only 64. So I just pour my life into the children I have and trust God to water those seeds I have planted and grow these precious children into His kingdom. I am but a vessel to flow His love through - and He holds their futures. It is a privilege to be a part of Compassion's ministry. And yes, today Papa Henry is with Jesus and hearing "well done good and faithful servant..."
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I wonder if that little girl will ever truly understand the joy she brought Papa Henry in his final months.
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Rodney I am hoping to find a way to sponsor her myself, and I would love to tell her just that! :)
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Sandy, I'm very sorry for your loss. It sounds like Papa Henry was a great man and that he will be missed. That's very kind of you to want to sponsor his child.
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Thank your for the responses. Compassion International apparently not only encourages all of those blessed children but also the sponsors and all involved whom support them through faith. I regret not doing this a lot sooner and I wish I could do more. It's strange that I had not heard of Compassion International before. I was watching a video of an interview with Dami Im, an Australian X Factor winner, when I first heard of it. I did my research and watched some videos on You Tube. The videos were moving but two testimonies in particular really brought to light the possibilities a simple monthly donation can provide for someone. Michelle Tolentino and Rafonzel Fazon's testimonies were touching. They told their stories but when it came time to quote a bible verse, they paused and quoted with reverence as if the words were spoken by Jesus Christ himself through them. It gave me goosebumps. I am from the USA but once traveled to the Philippines to some particularly impoverished areas. During that time I just wanted to take all of the children home with me. The situation seems so impossible. It's been 10 years or more since I took that trip but the Philippines is always on my mind. Forward to now, I found Compassion International and it's sponsor a child. That is the answer, sponsors. One child at a time (or more if you are able). A lifestyle teaching that, if applied, can actually lift all of those millions of kids around the world out of poverty. So, sign me up.
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Very well said, Mark. I wholeheartedly agree. I've watched several of the testimonies as well including Rafonzel Fazon's and with each one it is always plain to see that Compassion's sponsorship program has done so much to help change their lives. Compassion really does have the perfect model to lift children all around the world out of poverty. I truly love this ministry!
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A friend of mine sponsors 4 children, and she is in her early 80s. She has bequests in her will, for her executor to pay Compassion whatever amount would be needed to support the children from the point of her death until their expected dates of graduation!
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