Rebecca and her husband Robert discovered Compassion’s sponsorship program at a work conference. She was skeptical at first. “I was not convinced,” she shared. “It sounded great in theory, but I wondered how effective it really was.” Robert started sponsoring a child, though: a 9-year-old boy from Uganda named George. Over time, Rebecca warmed up to the program as she watched Robert and George’s correspondence. Eventually, Robert planned to visit George in Uganda. “I knew enough to know that trip would be life changing,” Rebecca said. She decided to join Robert on the trip and began sponsoring Rogers, another boy in Uganda.
Rebecca’s guess was right: that trip was life changing. She and Robert got to meet George and Rogers and visit the centers they attended. They were able to see firsthand the difference the program made in George’s and Rogers’ lives and in their communities. Rebecca gained a deeper understanding of the holistic nature of poverty. “It’s not just that the children don’t have enough food sometimes,” Rebecca summarized. “It’s about their sense of worth, their confidence in who they are. Knowing that they’re important and that they matter.”
After returning home, Rebecca decided to use what she knew and loved best to make a difference for more children like George and Rogers. Using photos from the trip, she started painting a portrait series of children her team met in Uganda. She planned to give the proceeds from the sales to Compassion’s Where Most Needed Fund. She set the price for each portrait at $456 — equivalent to a year of sponsorship.
Her first art show was held a few months later at the University of Dallas. Alongside her portraits, she provided sponsorship packets, offering attendees the opportunity to sponsor a child and have an ongoing impact. She featured her portrait series in numerous art shows and shared about Compassion.