As a child grows out of the services of World Vision, that organization sends a packet with all the information of the new child I can temporarily adopt and help on a monthly basis. The front of the packet says “as one journey ends… another begins.”
And so these past couple of weeks I have discovered that my little Wasana’s village has become such a self-sufficient bunch of people that they are now being phased out of the World Vision ongoing help. How exciting for them! And how sad for me. Little Wasana will be 14 in September. We began our far-away relationship when she was 7. Over the years I sent small gifts (stickers, pencils, hair clips, etc.) for which she would always send a big thank you and tell me about getting them. She went from an unsmiling, scared-looking little girl to one with a nice school uniform and a beautiful smile.
I will miss her updates and her letters.
Before Wasana was Byron from Ecuador. He and I only had three years together before he grew too old for the program. I still pray for him as I am sure there are many opportunities in Ecuador for a young man to be lured into a harmful and dangerous lifestyle.
And now… little Sumia comes across my path. From Bangladesh. Her picture depicts sad eyes, very short hair (Ava and I thought she was a boy at first) and no smile. I am already worried about her and glad I will be helping her, perhaps even bringing joy to her little face. Her picture is on my computer where I can see her everyday, prompting me to pray for her every day. Which then prompts me to pray for Byron and Wasana.
Children I love even though I have never met them.
There have been incidences wherein I absolutely knew people were praying for me. I could feel it in my soul. And so I have asked the Greatest Lover of small children, Christ, Himself, to allow these children to feel the prayers that I am praying.
May it be so.