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Hope Uplifted = Hesitation? 

I have a confession to make:

I still have my prayer postcards.

They’re hanging next to my computer, a daily reminder that I need to take a moment to write out my prayers.

And yet I hesitate.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I struggle to write to Munni and Sovanna… simply because it feels SO important. One Child Matters emphasizes writing letters to your sponsored child because it may be the only positive word a child receives.

A while ago I offered two simple tips to stop the guilt and start writing. I went back to re-read it and was struck by these lines:

Focusing on encouragement rather than explanations or apologies is what your child needs. Yes, your letter is a tangible reminder that you haven’t forgotten about them. That slip of paper is a weapon that child can use to fight the discouragement of their circumstances. It is something a child can physically cling to and read over and over again as they learn more about Jesus and the God who cares so much for them.

If that’s the case with a simple letter, how much more so is it true of this simple prayer card?

Yesterday I learned that the early church was known for their hearts of mercy and action, taking in the abandoned, unwanted, and weak children and raising them as their own. Aside from moving into formal adoption and fostering children, sponsoring a child is an excellent way to follow the early church’s example.
 
So if sponsorship is in the same vein of embracing a child exposed to the elements, that’s what my prayers can be, as well: a covering of protection. The perfectionist in me wants the prayers to be impactful and timely -- but that’s up to God, not me or my command of Scripture or knowledge of what’s going on in their lives. I can trust that God knows, and that He will use the words however He sees fit.

So I’m going to pray for God’s inspiration. And I'll pray that these prayers won’t be limited to Munni and Sovanna alone, but that the prayers will bless their families and friends, and the families my girls will have in the future.

As a project worker in Ethiopia shared with us as One Child Matters started the Hope Uplifted, Hearts United campaign, “Our support is only as strong as our hands – but prayer is a strong as God’s hand.” So I'm trusting God's hand over my own, and writing out these prayers today.

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