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Jean De Dieu Uwizeyimana

Jean De Deux UwizeyimanaIt’s Saturday morning, and I got up way too early to take my hubby, Jake, to work. Since we only have one car, I have to do this from time to time. I decided that I should go to the gym, which I did, yay for me! But the best part of my day was when I grabbed our mail from our box at the UPS store. In it was a letter from Jean De Dieu Uwizeyimana, our sponsored child from Rwanda, and this is what it said,

“Warm greetings and much thanks from your sponsored child. I was so happy after I had know that you accepted to be my sponsor. My names are Uwizeyimana Jean De Dieu a boy born on April 17th 2003. I”m not in school because I’m under age. At home I fetch water. I like playing ballgames and I like eating beans, rice, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. I live with both parents and I have a brother as sibling. We breed a cow and a pig. Rwanda is my nice country located in the Central Africa. It’s bordered by countries like Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.

I thank you once again for having accepted to take responsibility over me and wish you the best in all.”

It was signed, “your sponsored child” there was also a note about who helped write it for him.

I sat in my car and cried. This boy is real. And he’s real to me, now. The last sentence really brought it home for me. He sees me as the person who has “accepted to take responsibility over” him. And I’m going to take it very seriously. I already have a small gift I’m sending him, just a book about sharks, and a shark toy. Something small, but I think he’ll like it.

I wanted to blog about this today because it’s a REALLY big deal. Sometimes we see the commercials and we just tune them out thinking that the problem is too large to make a difference. But somehow my $35 a month is making a difference for Jean De Dieu, and his tiny letter has made a huge difference in me, and I can’t wait to get to know him. I’m known in my circle of friends as “Aunt Amy”. All the kids call me that, and I’m proud to say that I’m an Auntie again.

You know, on the way to the gym I was mulling over my financial situation; worried about taxes, and credit card payments. And now, somehow, that seems trivial.

I can’t wait to build a relationship with Jean De Dieu, and my other sponsored child, Josphat from Zambia. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in their lives.

I encourage you to pray about child sponsorship through World Vision. I can honestly say, it’s changing my life and the way I look at the world.


3 Responses to “Jean De Dieu Uwizeyimana”

  1. Sheila says:

    I just returned from Zambia the end of July. This was my third trip there. I am soon to sponser my third World Vision child — all I have chosen from Zambia because God has called my family to minister there on short-term missions. It is amazing when you put faces to the names of those you minister to. Amazing to see how God works in thier lives and communities with our obedient help and giving from 1/2 way around the world. Praising Him in your joyful obedience. God bless you!

  2. Donna says:

    Hi Amy,
    First, I want you to know I just love your voice; although I do miss Nicole as well. I love the song, Unredeemed and plan on singing it for a call for our last day of meetings. Please pray that some will hear His calling. I would love to have you all come to our church, but I am afraid we wouldn’t be able to do more then a love offering. I really feel this is the time to use our gifts for God’s glory and reach out. Well, keep doing His Will. God Bless! Oh, I am with you on the diet deal; I am struggling as well, but I feel God trying to help me out of this battle. I can see how Satan would love for us to just give up. After all, our health would be going down even more and all the negative feelings would increase. I keep praying for God to be with me every step of the way to give me strength. I know He will, but I have to be willing to follow. May God increase your faith and strength. Your Sister in Christ.

  3. Dedra McCoy says:

    I just wanted to let you know that you have an amazing voice.I think you do a better job than Whitney did with the song “I Look To You”.

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