Today we have the privilege to meet Jessi to find out about her experience sponsoring children through Compassion International. And when I say children, I mean Jessi’s 42 children!
Q: When did you begin sponsoring a child through Compassion International?
A: I began sponsoring in July 2010. My husband and I were married in January of that year, and it took six or seven months to get to the point where we felt our finances were stable enough to make the commitment. I was interested in sponsorship because my mom had become a sponsor about two years before, and I enjoyed reading the letters from my “sponsor sisters”, and even sent them some.
Q: How and why did you decide to sponsor a child? Is there a specific story surrounding your decision to sponsor a child that you can share with us?
A: My mom’s good experience with Compassion led me to partner with them. I was also really interested in having a “sponsor daughter” of my own, as we had recently found out that we wouldn’t be able to start our own family as soon as we thought.
Q: How can we pray for your sponsored child? Please share a few specific requests.
A: Becoming a sponsor has changed my life in so many ways. It’s made me an advocate and an activist. It’s broadened my worldview. My love for my kids has emboldened me to do things like travel halfway across the world with a group of complete strangers, which is kind of a big deal for a person with panic disorder and a host of other issues.
Most importantly, I’ve gained a family. My husband and I are currently waiting on God’s timing to expand our family through adoption, something I have struggled with greatly over the past five years. “Mothering” is what I am driven to do; even before I became a sponsor, I have been involved with mentoring organizations and extended care and encouragement to children around the world through a variety of means.
Others just call me Jessi, but refer to themselves as my sons and daughters. And that’s how I love them. When I have my own children living in my home, I may not be writing to as many kids, but being a Compassion sponsor is something I’m going to do until the day I die. I truly believe that in a way, I’ve found my purpose in life: loving these kids through letters!