Goggles of Gratefulness

Inspired by the following true story

In 2017, my son, Ethan, and I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda to meet Emmanuel. Emmanuel is the child Ethan sponsors with Compassion International.

Midway through the day we got to meet, play and hang out with Emmanuel, Later in our visit, I could feel Ethan pulling on my shirt trying to get my attention.

father and son hugging sponsored child

He said, "Dad, I want to give him my shoes."
I asked, "You mean some shoes, or the ones you are wearing right now."
He said, "No, my shoes. The ones I am wearing."
I said, "Son, I think that is a an awesome idea. Let's wait til the end of the day and we'll do it."

The end of the day came and Ethan told Emmanuel that he wanted to give him his shoes. Emmanuel's face lit up and they both immediately started untying their shoes as Emmanuel put on Ethan's shoes.

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young boy hugging his sponsored child

It was an emotional departure as we were all in tears saying our good-bye's and not knowing when we would see each other again.

We made the return trip to the hotel that included walks through mud, dirt, stickers, grass and rocks. Ethan did it without complaining. He never said a word, until the last stop.

"Well dad, I guess I kind of know what it's like to not have shoes." he said. During the week, we saw many children walking barefoot.

Once we got back to the hotel, Ethan laid down onto the bed and began sobbing. I went over and gave him a hug and tried to console him.

"Ethan, what's bothering you? What's wrong?" I said.

After he gathered himself, he said, "Dad, why didn't we do more? Why didn't we bring him more shoes, more clothes, ... we could have done so much more."

We cried together. Then we talked about remembering this trip, remembering what God was doing in his heart right now, and how God wants to use that when he returns back home in Colorado.

About three months after we returned from Uganda, we received an updated photo in the mail from Emmanuel and we were moved to tears again. There was Emmanuel, wearing the shoes Ethan had left for him.

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Through a relationship with a local church and a caring sponsor, a child is able to discover his or her true value.

For $43/month, a sponsored child receives:
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that unlocks the potential within their heart

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to defeat illiteracy and provide critical skills

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to protect against malnutrition

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to fight back against disease and sickness

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through a local church to overcome fear and hopelessness

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to protect from crime, violence, and danger

In a world where nearly 400 million children live on less than $2.15 a day, child sponsorship is a strategic way to provide children with compassion, resources, and hope.


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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $43 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-driven Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God. Just imagine how exciting it will be when one day you get to heaven and your sponsored child is there with you because you chose to sponsor him or her.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.

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