Holt International is different than most child sponsorship organizations. Organizations such as World Vision and Compassion tend to lean towards individuals sponsoring children until they've grown up and are able to take care of themselves. We sponsor a little boy named Malik in Africa through World Vision currently. When I heard the Holt International information, I immediately became interested. Holt International builds orphanages in other countries and so forth like the other agencies, but Holt works to put the children in their program into homes. In short, Holt works as a child sponsorship / adoption agency. The goal is to put these children in the Holt program into loving homes either in their own country or abroad. This got my interest. As much as I know Malik in Africa appreciates our sponsorship and as much as we love the letters and so forth we get back and forth, the notion that he will probably remain at the orphanage until he's old enough to move out can be a little depressing.
As I heard the pitch, the Lord spoke to me immediately and told me to sponsor a Chinese baby girl. Throughout the speech, China wasn't referenced and I wasn't sure if there were any children available for sponsorship from China, but I knew what I felt. When it came time for sponsorship sign up, I looked over to Billie and told her we needed to go to the table because I wanted us to find a Chinese baby girl. As we made our way to the table, I saw thousands of children and my heart breaks for them. I looked down and my eyes almost immediately landed on the beautiful baby girl pictured above. Her name is Qiu Xuan and she was born in June of 2011. She's not even a year old yet. My Rylee isn't a year old yet either and my heart melted. I picked her up and asked the worker if there were any other Chinese baby girls available and to my amazement there wasn't. She was the only one they had available that night and I was holding her card.
We signed up to be her sponsor that night with a monthly payment cycle. I may never meet this beautiful little girl, but I know she's being taken care of. I found out that when she was born, her mother either didn't want her or wasn't allowed to keep her and took her to the door steps of the Holt International Building in China and left her there crying, cold, and alone. Workers found her a few hours later. Today she is healthy and growing as you can tell by her picture. Maybe one day I'll meet this precious little girl and if not, I hope that in some way, our giving to her will bless her and help her in her life.
Since the day we signed up, a weird thing is happening in me. I suppose my love for my own little girl, Rylee, has opened my heart up so much. I've found myself actually considering, when the time is right of course, possibly being interested in international adoption. To know I could do so much besides send $30 a month seems so necessary compared to the thousands and thousands of little children who are abandoned and orphaned. To know in China, a little girl got dropped off and left for possibly death, is heart breaking. Will she ever get to feel the love of a parent towards her the way I love my little girl? Every child deserves that especially those who were brought into this life that were never wanted to begin with. Who knows what the future holds? I only know what I feel right now.
If you want more information on Holt International, visit their website at www.holtinternational.org. If you choose to sponsor a child, it's not a forever sponsorship. You sponsor the child until they are placed in a loving family and you get to serve as the bridge between their unfortunate situation and their loving uniting with a real family of their own. It's only $30 a month or basically $1 a day. The book of James tells us that true religion is taking care of the widows and orphans. True religion feels amazing . . .