Private, Precious Moments

Sunday, we began the first “official” day of our tour with Compassion. Today, we spent the bulk of the day at the Jehovah Jireh Church, one of Compassion’s partners in the country.

During the Sunday service, the pastor shared a short message, encouraging us to continue to be a blessing (Ayax translated for us).

Shortly before we’d arrived at the church that morning, Ayax told us that of the 41,000 children supported by Compassion in Honduras, at best, 180 receive a visit from their sponsor in a year—that’s such a small group of kids! But for those kids, it’s when, for the sponsor and for the child, the relationship really becomes “real.” There’s actually a flesh and blood person writing and receiving letters.

It’s a very special time, Ayax said. I had no idea just how special that moment would be for one of my team members.

When the service ended at the church, we split up into groups to visit the families of four Compassion-assisted kids. My group got an unexpected treat—we were going to visit the home of Tracy’s sponsored child, Felipe (Tracy is a coworker from the Canadian office and the trip leader).

After a short walk and a trip on Felipe’s father’s boat later, we were at their home, and Tracy’s family met Felipe’s.

Tracy and Darryl have been sponsoring this boy since he was five years old; today’s meeting has been seven years in the making.

This was a different kind of home visit for me. The only one I’d been on prior was a child-headed home and none of us were their sponsors. But this time… this time it felt different. It had almost a voyeuristic feeling to it at first. To be there for this special moment for these families. But as I’ve had time to ponder, I’ve increasingly had the feeling that this was a gift.

In some ways, it was almost a—a holy moment, I guess is the best way to describe it.

Watching these families come together, united not by a mere financial transaction and letters, but by faith in Christ, is a reminder that in God’s Kingdom, there is no separation between rich or poor.

There are only His people.

This is something that less than one percent of all the kids Compassion helps in Honduras get to experience.

It’s something that a tiny percentage of sponsors get to experience, too.

I’m glad I got to be there for it.

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  • http://srdesigns.ca Emily Armstrong

    The expression you’re wearing in that picture will heretofore be known as “boat face”.

    Isn’t it amazing that God uses just average people to display his Glory?

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      “boat face” it is. And it is unbelievable how he uses average people to display His glory. Today was a pretty phenomenal day as well (which can be read about soon!). God is doing tremendous things.

  • Marguerite Velthuizen

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. We are so looking forward to meeting our girls in Peru!

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      That’s fantastic, Marguerite – when are you going to Peru?

      • Marguerite Velthuizen

        We’re going on the advocacy tour in September :-)

  • Christine Findlay

    Awesome work Aaron…nice to see! Keep up the good work! Keep safe…..Christine (your neighbour!!!)

  • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

    Thanks Christine! We’re keeping pretty safe so far. It’s amazing, though, how quickly all the time has gone. We’ve only got two days left here (including today).

  • Amy Wallace

    When we did home visits in Colombia last summer, it never failed to amaze me how much the families we visited loved each other. They were living in shacks by our standards, yet they had so much more joy and love for each other than many families in North America do.

    Glad you got to be a part of that moment!

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks Amy. It was a pretty cool experience. Are you going on any of the upcoming Advocate Tours?