I now financially sponsor 14 kids (10 girls, 4 boys) and I am correspondent sponsor for 5 kids from Kenya (3 boys and 2 girls). This means that they have a financial sponsor who, for whatever reason, is unable to write to them, so I fill that gap.
As you may be aware, in 2014 I served as a volunteer in an orphanage in the Philippines called The Ruel Foundation. I was living off my savings, which meant that I could not financially sponsor with Compassion. In November 2013 I let my family and friends know this, and within a month, all my kids were sponsored by many wonderful people (I was never going to just dump them and leave them without a sponsor).
During the year it became apparent that sponsorship and advocacy with Compassion was still what I desired to do, and I felt it was still the mission and purpose that God had for me. So I came back to Australia at the end of November 2014 and was immediately reconnected with five of the kids I had previously sponsored and visited.
After impatiently sitting through the six weeks of summer vacation in December and January, God provided me with a part-time teaching job.
I have been back in Australia for almost five months. When I came back, I was determined to continue living the life of sacrificial generosity I had been living previously when I was spending over half my income sponsoring kids. However, I quickly lapsed back into a comfortable, me-centred mindset and started taking everything for granted despite everything I have seen and experienced on my travels to 12 developing countries with Compassion.
So I guess the decision to increase my Compassion family despite only working part-time is my way of getting back on track and using what I've been given to serve God and others. It is a step of faith, but at the same time I am single and debt-free, so it's not that much of a stretch :)
The more I think about it, I know that caring for these kids and their families by partnering with Compassion is the most important thing I can do on this earth, regardless of the cost. It is an honor and a privilege and I look forward to developing relationships through letters (and visits, God-willing!).
Ken (5), KE718