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Never Too Young: Sarah’s Story

Eight-year-old Sarah Dow went on her first overseas mission trip to Tegucigalpa alongside her mother, two sisters, and two older cousins. As the team delivered food to the dump, played with street children, and delivered water to poverty stricken neighborhoods, SD, as they call her, tagged right along.

It was an eye-opening experience for this young girl, and she was frequently overcome by confusion and brokenness because of what she saw throughout the week.

I couldn’t help but picture myself as I watched SD pilfer through these complicated emotions. At 6 years old I made the same trip Sarah did. I still remember the sadness that ached in my heart as I looked around and saw something so very different from my own home.

One evening at dinner SD skipped up to me and tapped me on the shoulder,

I’ve been saving up my money…and I want to sponsor Bessy!

Bessy is an 8 year old from one of the POI neighborhoods where SD and her team spent time leading a VBS for the children. Their friendship was sparked despite their language barriers and diverse backgrounds. There is no doubt Bessy will remember Sarah’s friendship forever.

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The last evening of SD’s trip, her team was having a time to share about their experiences. The room fell silent for a moment and Sarah stood up in a chair next to her cousin. Tears streamed down her tiny face as she paused to arrange her thoughts.

This week my Mom has been teaching me what it means to be a disciple. I know that I can be one too…

There wasn’t a movement on that rooftop as our team watched in joy as Jesus transformed the willing heart of one of his precious children.

Nowadays you’ll find 8-year-old SD eagerly pursuing her desire to be a disciple, just like her mom taught her. She has decided to make jewelry and sell them to her classmates—but this time she’s saving up money to donate to the children who live in the Tegucigalpa dump.

SD knows without a doubt that God doesn’t need a particular age, maturity, or income to make a difference. He simply needs our hearts. That week Sarah taught her teammates and many others, that no one is too young to change the world—even an 8-year-old.

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Who is blogging?

Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.

 

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How sponsoring a child changes the sponsors life

Meet Lindy.

1982274_10152265683112156_1305704632_nLindy is a Junior English major at the University of Memphis. She works as a nanny and hopes to one day teach english as a second language. 

559008_10152265682977156_1123877025_nI met beautiful Yessenia when I went to Honduras on spring break. She lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Honduras called Feb 21. 

I wasn’t sure why then, but the whole time while I was there, she was at my side wanting to hold my hand. I got to talk with her more and learn about her family. She is eight-years-old and lives with her single mom.

I knew then that it was my responsibility. 

Though I am a college student and don’t make much money, I knew that there were small sacrifices that I could make in order to sponsor Yessenia. 

By just giving up a few meals out with friends, I am able to sponsor her monthly. I am comforted by the fact that she is not only being fed and receiving tutoring, but also that she is being taught about Christ’s great love for her. Though I have not sponsored her very long, I am so excited to start writing her letters and building our friendship.

-Lindy May


 

Meet Stephen.

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I decided to sponsor through POI because I fell in love with little Maria Jose when I met her on a mission trip. We had so much fun that week (even when she thought pulling on my hair was fun).

It wasn’t until the second time I went to Honduras that I made the decision to sponsor Maria Jose. Right there in Honduras, I pulled out my iPad and started sponsoring her. That was almost 2 years ago.

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Maria Jose is full of life, and always smiling. But her life is nothing to smile about.

Last year, while delivering tubs of love, we happened to walk into her house without me knowing. I saw a little unicorn sitting on a shelf that looked exactly like a unicorn I had purchased at Target and gave to her the day before. I immediately blurted out “Are you Maria Jose’s mother?” Through a translator she said she was indeed her mother. She then began to tell the sad story of Maria’s home life.

11478_10100599409041491_1994065912_nI know that the joy of Christ gives her that smile on her face, and she is an encouragement to me each and every day

I have been sponsoring Maria Jose for almost two years now and I plan to do it as long as the program allows me to. It is a small way that I can make a difference.

-Stephen Hayden

 

 

 

 

 

We are so thankful for sponsors like Stephen and Lindy. They are a perfect example that anyone can make an impact. If you would like more information or would like to choose a child to sponsor,  just click here. 

To each of our sponsors, THANK YOU. Point of Impact could not exist without your prayers and generosity.

 

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She Didn’t Have a Pencil

As children in the US were busy with tests and homework, Ruth just wished for a pencil to write with.

However, because she received a Christmas backpack last year, she not only had pencils, but also shoes, a uniform, and school supplies.

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Seven-year-old Ruth just successfully finished second grade. Her mom said, “We are so grateful to the POI church for the blessings they give every day and every year to my daughter.”

You can impact a child just like Ruth this Christmas.

By giving a Christmas Backpack for only $35, you not only provide a child with basic necessities for school, but also an opportunity for their entire family to hear the gospel.

To find out more or to give a Christmas Backpack today, click here.  

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
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