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Meet: Gilbert, Abigail and Ernesto

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Clockwise from top: Gilbert; Abigail; Ernesto; Heather with Abigail.
Clockwise from top: Gilbert; Abigail; Ernesto; Heather with Abigail.
WHO, WHERE, WHAT: Gilbert, 11, lives in the Transicion al Desarrollo Integral community in Colombia. Abigail, 12, lives in the Quizaltepe community in Nicaragua. Ernesto, 12, lives in the Nuevo Amanecer community in El Salvador.
 
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MY SPONSORSHIP started one day at the mall. I stopped to talk with a worker at a World Vision booth and I left as a sponsor of two children—I couldn’t choose just one.
 
Later that year, I heard a person from World Vision speak about Haiti after it suffered an earthquake in 2010. He said that people want to sponsor kids in Haiti, but that there were also children from other parts of the world who were in need. That made me decide to sponsor a third child.
 
So now I sponsor Gilbert from Colombia, Abigail from Nicaragua and Ernesto from El Salvador. I chose children who were born in 2001 from a Spanish-speaking country. I wanted them to be old enough to communicate on their own, and because I understand enough Spanish, I’d be able to read their untranslated letters.
 
A letter from one of my kids is always a treat: both the joy of getting mail or a new drawing and hearing about their lives. I love looking at my kids’ pictures on my fridge. They have the place of honour at the top.
 
I sponsor because I know how fortunate I am to have been born here. God has blessed me with so much—I want to share. I also sponsor through World Vision because I want to help children through an organization that isn’t afraid to tell kids about Jesus.
 
And sponsorship hasn’t stopped with me. As a birthday present for my mom, I started a sponsorship for her of a boy from Tanzania. And one day, I was telling a co-worker about all my sponsored kids. He was so convinced of the good work, he signed up online to sponsor a boy in El Salvador on the spot!
 
—as told to Michael Czobit
 
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2013/14 issue of Childview.

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