Through my involvement with Compassion International I've been a financial and correspondent sponsor to 60 children of all ages, from 26 countries, both boys and girls. The majority of the visits I've done, to South and Central America, have been to the girls. No particular reason; it's just the way it's worked out.
In many of the countries Compassion works in, females are still treated as inferior and second-class citizens, which I could tell by their demeanor in some of my interactions with them. This is why I consider it incredibly important to speak words of Love, Life and Hope into their lives through regular letters and visits. They need to know that they are worthy and valuable, and God has created them with a purpose.
I'm not particularly "feminist" or political about it, but I thought I'd commemorate International Women's Day with a few photos of the girls and young women I've been privileged to care for as a sponsor, families, as well as Project workers and now-grown-up Compassion graduates I've been able to meet.
To learn more about the stories of these girls, would you consider buying my book "Go Into All The World"? Click on the links to the right for more information.
|Ana Alice (Brazil)|
|Larissa (6), Alynne, Monalisa (both graduated) - Brazil|
|Carolina (graduated) (DR)|
|Ana Cristina (Brazil)|
|Princess Joy (Philippines)|
|Katherine (El Salvador)|
|Rosa (El Salvador)|
|Julissa with her niece (Nicaragua)|
|Erika (Brazil, visited on behalf of another sponsor)|
|Monalisa with mother and sister|
|Yeymi (Guatemala) and four generations of her family|
|Cashofia (Philippines) with mother, sister and Project worker|
|Jessica with mother and sister|
|Allison with her mother and two sisters|
|Jacqueline with her mother, three sisters and nieces|
|Alice with her mother and grandmother|
|At Rosa's (ES) Project with her classmates in the cosmetology course|
|With Mums and bubs in the Philippines|
|With Compassion staff Marta, Nathalia and Isabela in Brazil|
|With Compassion staff in El Salvador|
|With Compassion graduates Rafonzel and Michelle, and former Project worker Maricel (Philippines)|
|With Compassion graduate Angie (Philippines)|
|With Compassion graduate Debora (Brazil)|