Sponsoring a Child During Christmas

I am posting this to tell you a little bit about Resa Oktavia Alotodang. As of August 16th this year, I started sponsoring her and making monthly payments through Compassion International that go to this sweet little girl.

The only photo I have of Resa

Resa, (who will be 4 on October 24th,) and her family, live Southwest of Jayapura in Indonesia, in a mountainous community of Sinagma. There are approximately 240,000 residents who live in this area. Typical houses that families live in there are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. Half of the adults in Sinagma are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn about $27 per month.

Resa lives with her parents and one other sibling. Both her mom and dad are sometimes employed as project workers. Resa’s job is to run errands for her family. She’s not even 4 years old yet. She loves playing with dolls and playing games. She attends church regularly and loves joining in their activities.

Even though finances are tight, especially around Christmas.. My heart breaks for her family and her living situation. I have already sent a birthday present of $10 to Resa and would like to send another $10 as a Christmas present. Next year, I would like to send a physical package, but this year instead of sending gifts, I have allowed Compassion to choose what Resa will receive on her birthday as well as on Christmas.

I don’t want Resa to be the only one in her family to have a gift-receiving holiday. I would also like to send her family an extra $20 for them to receive not Christmas presents, but rather much needed items such as blankets, cooking utensils, or food. Things that I know, I take for granted.

Last week, I extended this invitation to my family and friends, asking if any of them would like to contribute to Resa’s family, as well. I added in that every little bit helps – even just $5… Because it really does! If 20 people sent $5, I would have $100 to send to her family. Think about how much that would help them, by only receiving $27 a month, if that?? I can’t even imagine how much that would change their lives.

I asked my family and friends if any of them would like to donate, and the responses were incredible! Now, a week later, I currently have $120 to send Resa’s family this Christmas. This is not including my own, or some of the other money that has yet to be collected.

I just wanted to say thank you from the very bottom of my heart, to those who have donated. You will be apart of drastically changing this family’s life. I couldn’t begin to describe how thankful I am.

For those of you reading, or those who don’t feel financially in a spot where you can donate money, that is no problem. Please just keep Resa and her family on your heart and in your prayers. Anything would help this family.

Thank you for your time and for sharing this experience with me. Have a wonderful day! God Bless.

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.'”

– 2 Corinthians 9:7

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2 Responses to Sponsoring a Child During Christmas

  1. That is wonderful! That gift money will go a long way, I am sure! I have been humbled when our children have used small gifts to buy things like a mattress or a blanket. Things we generally take for granted!

    I was just blessed with the opportunity to send a box of presents to a friend headed to Ghana in 2 weeks. We picked out many gifts for our first sponsored child, Precious, and her family. Last minute, I added two fleece blankets and I pray they keep the family warm.

    Thanks for sharing this post on Twitter! 😀

    • Taylor Marie says:

      That’s wonderful, Michelle!!

      In the end I was able to send the family $150 – and maybe $50 more next week from someone else who offered. It really makes you think of what you have and how much we throw our money away, when every cent counts to these families.
      I am so thankful that I started sponsoring when I did, and stopped making excuses. God has blessed me since then and provided me the money to continually pay each month, without stress of how I would get it. It’s amazing!

      Thank you for seeking out my blog via Twitter – I appreciate your support. 🙂

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