Wednesday, August 13, 2008


We had to privilege of hosting another Ugandan at our home a few weeks ago. His name was Richmond, and he grew up in poverty in Uganda, Africa. His life was dramatically changed at a young age when he became a Compassion Child (you can sponsor one too! Compassion is a program that releases children from poverty in Jesus' name. There is a program within Compassion called the Leadership Development program. In this program a few students are chosen to receive sponsorship to get a college education (very big deal in developing countries) Richmond was picked to be in this program, and was blessed even further and received a scholardship for a masters degree at Moody Bible college in Chicago. That is where his visit to our house comes in.

Before starting Moody College, Richmond stopped in Colorado Springs to spend some time at Compassion. He stayed with us for a week, and it was a blessing. It was his first trip to the U.S. and everything was so different and so exciting! It was so fun watching him absorb it all. He was intrigued with so many things, from the water coming out of the refridgerator to all the sugar we add to our food. He even thought our grass was weird.

I took Richmond shopping and to get his first American hair cut, we had a blast!

Can you even imagine growing up in a place with no hope? Compassion gave hope to Richmond by educating him and teaching him about Jesus, because with Him there is hope! Richmond's life is forever changed, he went from poverty to earning a masters degree and even more important he gets to spend an eternity in heaven. I am sure he is forever grateful to the family who payed $30 a month so he could be in the Compassion program.

Richmond (Uganda), Michelle (Philipeans), Tony (Dominican Republic) all Compassion children who received college scholarships.

It mattered to them.......

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