I fell in love with Oscar the first day I met him. He was attending a medical clinic that I worked at and he kept trying to “steal” the suckers that we were giving to kids. I soon realized that he, at age 3, was “stealing” them so he would have something to eat later…something we saw a lot of in Honduras; Kids learning to hoard food just so they could have something to eat later on in the day. My heart was instantly changed in that moment, and God starting speaking to me. But yet, I refused to listen to what God was asking me to do.
Fast forward 1 year later, I was back working that same medical clinic, when from a block away, I head a little boy screaming something in Spanish. I looked up and saw Oscar running towards me…screaming words I will never forget:
”Gringa Dumb-Dumb…..Gringa Dumb Dumb….Gringa Dumb Dumb…..porfavor”.
At that moment, Oscar ran and literally jumped in to my arms, and gave me big, fat 4 year old kiss and asked for a Dumb Dumb.
It had been 1 full year since Oscar had seen me, yet he remembered me and all of the dumb dumbs that I had let him “steal”. At that very moment I looked up and said “ok God…I hear ya’!”
I started sponsoring Oscar and his family immediately. I put Oscar in school, and provided additional money for them to each and every month.
Oscar is now in a private, Christian, bilingual school where he is learning about God first, English second, and other academic. Being bilingual will offer him opportunities that can be life changing for him and his family.
Oscar is a real person, not some kid on a postcard…he is real. That makes the world of difference to me…knowing I am sponsoring a real person whom I have a relationship with. I am able to keep in contact with him and his family via social media and internet messages. He is a part of my family and I am a part of his. He is learning English and he laughs at my inability to speak Spanish. Thank goodness for Google Translate.
My life has changed drastically since sponsoring Oscar. I can tell you with 100% certainty that I receive more from giving to Oscar than Oscar ever receives from me sponsoring him. My sponsorship costs me less than what it costs for me and my husband to eat out twice a month. It’s worth giving up 2 eat outs to bring smiles and a full belly to a family.