I didn’t expect it to be so emotional. But when I finally saw his face, I cried.  A lot.

Meet Imon, the newest member of our family.

For weeks (months?) I’ve been following Kristen’s heart-journey in and out of Africa.  I’ve obsessed over her refrigerator.  I’ve nodded like an approving sister when she let go of meaningless things.  I’ve wanted to join her.

I know about giving, even on a limited income.  It can and should be done, and we doGod canNOT be out-given. I know all that, and yet my fingers were like lead.

Then I read about Mandi sponsoring Genaro That’s when I knew. You see, Mandi’s family chose Genaro because he shared a birthday with her brother-in-law who was killed in a car accident too young at 18.  They chose Genaro to celebrate Jeremy.

The very morning after I read Mandi’s post, I logged on to Compassion InternationalI typed in my brother’s birthday, and found ONE child.  It was Imon.

As we remember the 8th anniversary of my brother Brett’s death today, we can now put more energy into celebrating his life.  Thank you, Imon.


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  1. TOTALLY crying. Thanks for following your heart and blogging about it so it could touch mine.

  2. Wow. I need to grab myself something to wipe my eyes. Seriously!

    Sending BIG hugs and prayers your way 🙂

  3. Touching. Inspiring. Beautiful.

  4. Wow – just beautiful … Blessings to you & Imon!

  5. *pauses to reach for a tissue*

    I can’t think of a more beautiful, appropriate way to honor your brother. And I know this post will inspire others to sponsor a child!

  6. *tears*

    What an awesome way to remember his death. I am confident that you will inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

  7. What an awesome way to celebrate your brother’s life!! So touching… so God-inspired! 🙂

  8. My heart caught in my throat. What a beautiful way to remember.

  9. Oh Amy! I’ve been anxious to read about your decision since you tweeted me that day! I’m so happy for Imon – and for your entire family! {And how incredibly thoughtful that you got every detail of our situation down perfectly!} Praying for you today as you remember Brett!

  10. Oy. Add me to the list of crying readers. What a wonderful way to celebrate his life.

  11. What a powerful story!!

  12. HUGS!!!

  13. I probably shouldn’t be commenting because I do not have adequate words… I am so very touched by this post. Thank you.

  14. Awesome, Amy! Thank you for sharing your story! It will be such an amazing experience for your family! Yay Imon!

  15. My church does a lot of work with Africa New Life Ministries. Through Africa New Life, my family is now sponsoring 3 kids. Our income has considerably shrunk over the years yet I strongly felt God calling us as a family to support these children (Husband agrees, too). It’s amazing what $35/month can do for a child. God bless you and Imon!

  16. What a lovely tribute to your brother. We sponsor three children through World Vision. We chose to sponsor our first child when my husband was unemployed. We saw his photo and heard the Lord saying, “He’s yours; trust me.” We picked up two more boys during similarly difficult times. We agreed we were making a commitment to sponsor our children through thick and thin. We have sponsored them through two periods of unemployment, serious medical issues and expense, and times of off-kilter earnings and expenses. We know that even during tight times, we have so much more than they do. Congratulations on the newest member of your family. You and your family will be so blessed through your interactions with him!

  17. Amy, I was so moved by your decision to sponsor a child in your brother’s honor, that I did the same thing. My brother passed away last May. Today, I added a fourth little boy to our sponsor-family: Martin from Chile. He was born on my brother’s birthday, the year of his passing. Thank your for sharing your sponsorship and for helping me to find the perfect tribute to my brother.

  18. My daughter shared your post and I thought it was a beautiful tribute to your brother. My son died suddenly in his sleep a year ago at 33. I sponsor 6 children through World Vision and just sponsored two more with James’s birthday in his memory. Thank you for sharing this.

  19. What a beautiful tribute and wonderful way to hear God’s call. I have been sponsoring children since I got out of college. I had the pleasure of meeting one of them and his dad in the Philippines years ago when on break from a job I had in Japan. What a blessing that was! It stays with me always. A child, who was near death when he came into the sponsorship program, was so vibrant and, he and his dad shared such love with me — making me realize that true wealth has everything to do with God, grace and sharing and nothing to do with materials goods and money… I could go on and on, but instead, let me just say: You will experience blessing after blessing. All the best!

    • “true wealth has everything to do with God, grace and sharing and nothing to do with materials goods and money” Well said!

  20. What a wonderful way to celebrate your brother and honor his memory! I’m sure Imon’s life will benefit in many ways from your generosity!


  21. How awesome, Amy! You will be a huge blessing to Imon!
    I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. I told the kids a few weeks ago that we need to do this, but we haven’t picked a child of yet. We did look at some pics.

  22. This post speaks to my heart… that is how we chose one of our 5 Compassion children, in honor of our daughter.

  23. Ohh so sweet! So glad you are sponsoring him!!!

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