Sarah has been sponsoring in Malawi for several years now. Recently she shared some thoughts with us.
Y-Malawi – What prompted you to get involved in sponsoring someone in Malawi?
Sarah – I knew that God didn’t just encourage or suggest us to care for others but commanded us to do it. He tells us to care for the orphan, the widow and the “least of these”. I do it because I am commanded to by God, to use what He has blessed me with to honor Him. And in doing as He has commanded; I have been blessed beyond measure. I have been changed for the better.
Y-Malawi – So it has been a good experience?
Sarah – It began a journey that gave me a deeper understanding of God’s love for me, for others, and an understanding of the global church, and also a journey that deepened my relationship with God. I began to understand the words from the contemporary worship song “Hosanna” by Brooke Fraser:
“Heal my heart and make it clean, open up my eyes to the things unseen, show me how to love
like you have loved me. Break my heart for what breaks yours, everything I am for your kingdom’s cause, as I walk from earth into eternity.”
I began to truly believe and understand God’s word in Matthew 6:24 and Luke 12:34 which tells us that “Where our treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Y-Malawi – You have been to Malawi, what did you learn?
Sarah – Many of the young girls are at risk of becoming child brides and many of the women are widows or abandoned, vulnerable to abuse, poor living conditions and lack of necessities. My sponsorship of a girl and woman through Y-Malawi allows the funds God has blessed me with to be used to make a significant difference in their lives, showing them the love of God in simple yet profound ways.
Y-Malawi – What would you say to someone thinking about sponsoring?
Sarah – Even as sponsorship can impact the life of those sponsored, I know it can and does profoundly impact the life of the one sponsoring. It has been such a blessing to me to know that with something so simple I can bring hope and God’s love to someone in another part of the world. So simply put, I’ve been so changed by sponsorship that I have traveled three times half-way around the world to personally see those I am blessed to sponsor; I highly recommend it!