Sponsor a Child
My experience with child sponsorship through Chariots actually began in Kenya, as I was fortunate enough to visit the Maai Maihu children’s home in 2009.
On a walk to church Sunday morning, I walked next to a young boy named Isaac, who I was taken with right away. He had a very quiet confidence about him, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him. In just a few days’ time I had grown a deep love for these children and wanted to be able to make an impact in their lives even after I went home. For my family, the answer to that desire was child sponsorship. What’s more, God made it very clear who I should sponsor. I checked with the social worker named Rose, and sure enough, Isaac was not being sponsored at the time. I was thrilled. Since then, I’ve gotten to correspond with him through letters, and twice now, have gotten to see him in person–to hug him, give him some gifts, and most importantly, spend some precious minutes with him- sharing updates on our family, and hearing about his goals and dreams. He is no longer the young boy I knew on that walk, but now a young man, with a bright future ahead of him. His quiet confidence is evident as ever, and it comes from the solid biblical foundation he was given at this Children’s home. This is a young man, who despite his circumstances, knows who he is in Christ, and that makes all the difference. He affectionately refers to himself as “our loving son,” a fact which I am very proud of!
Sponsoring a child through Chariots is simply one of the most rewarding things that you can do. It takes the idea of showing God’s love to a new level, as you are honestly gaining a family member through this. To love them, pray for them, and watch them grow and develop is one of the most precious things you can experience. It is a very tangible way to bless someone and show the love that God has given us first. I would highly, highly recommend getting involved, and sponsoring a child today if the Lord has laid that on your heart. I can promise you, you will never regret it!
Mark Hayner, sponsor since 2009
As a younger couple, my husband and I were struggling to have a child of our own. We started the adoption process to give a child a home but God started giving us girls of our own. However, our hearts were still tender toward those children without a home or family. So our family was delighted when our church partnered with Chariots for Hope. We jumped at the chance to sponsor a child and now a family of Dad, Mom and four daughters … has a BOY, Emmanuel!!!! We have been blessed as we pray for him and communicate with him through packages.
God had another blessing to bestow! My oldest daughter and I had the miracle of going on a mission’s trip to Kaptagat Children’s Home where our boy lives. We had built a relationship through pictures and notes, and Emmanuel knew who we were the minute he saw us. God’s love and prayers connected us and now we were face to face … my cup runneth over! The time we spent with him was glorious, he is a gift from God. Words cannot describe the joy that floods my heart every time I pray for or think of our boy, Emmanuel.
It is a blessing for us to give to these children, but I saw firsthand what our family meant to Emmanuel. As a sponsor, you are not just a name … they want to know you, they love you and they thank God for you! Praise God we can be a part of these children’s lives!