Eight years ago, Megan Frost-Smith went to Honduras and fell in love with the country and the people. Living in Missouri at the time, she went with her church, The Rock, and visited Choluteca with about fifteen other people. She worked with an AIDS orphanage and a malnutrition clinic. “I was overwhelmed by the kindness of all the people.”
She couldn’t stay away. She went back every year after that for three years in a row on her spring breaks from college. After graduating she moved to Memphis, and even though she couldn’t go with her former church, she made a trip by herself one year to teach material she had learned in Downline.
Last year, Megan went to Tegucigalpa with POI for the first time. She had already fallen in love with Honduras, but on this trip she fell in love with the work of POI. “I have seen people consistently pour into improverished neighborhoods [like POI does], but I have never seen someone try to bring emotional health and healing to impoverished neighborhoods. I have a lot of respect for POI and I wanted to continue to partner with them.”
It was on this trip that Megan met Bevely and her whole view on sponsorship changed. “I had always thought that I should be doing the work myself. I wanted to have a hands-on approach to giving to the people I cared about, but what I realized was that I wasn’t nearly as effective at knowing what people needed or how they needed to get it as the people who lived and worked in Honduras were. I realized I could trust them to use my money to advance the Kingdom in ways I never could.”
Bevely’s athletic bent and independent spirit resonated with Megan and she formed a bond with her during her visit. Bevely would seek Megan out and spend time with her when she was working at the project. They played and interacted as much as they could. “Having seen how POI worked so hard in the neighborhoods to share the Gospel and love the people, I knew I wanted to sponsor a couple of the girls. When I found out she didn’t have a sponsor, I knew I wanted to be that person for her.”
Three weeks ago, Megan got a chance to go back and see Bevely. Bevely knows that Megan is sponsoring her and it has deepened what was already a sweet relationship. “My affection for her has grown since last year. Bevely shared some things with me about her life that surprised me. I didn’t expect her to open up like she did. It was a little awkward hanging out with someone I’d only seen once before, but it was so sweet. I cried like a baby when we said good-bye.”
Megan plans to go back as soon as she can and serve with her presence, but she is grateful that she can continue to love Bevely and the ministry of POI when she’s not there. “Sponsoring is a great way to consistently invest in the life and future of another person.”