Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Her Name Is Rael

Across the world in the African nation of Kenya, there is a little girl named Rael. She is just 8-1/2 years old, living with her mother, stepfather, and two siblings. She helps out her family by carrying water and gathering firewood, but when there is a moment for play, Rael loves ball games.

She is just like any girl her age.

Except she is poor.

Except she may go for days without food.

Except she has little access to clean water.

Except she lives under the constant threat of disease, violence, and abuse.

Yes, Rael is just a little girl. But she is in desperate need.

As part of Compassion International's Christmas project, I have agreed to spend the next 31 days praying specifically for Rael and seeking someone to be her sponsor. I will tell you upfront that I am afraid. Afraid that I will not have the courage to ask people to make such a commitment to Rael. Afraid that no one's heart will be broken for Rael. Afraid that at the end of these 31 days, I will have made no impact on Rael's future.

Yes, I am afraid.

But I am also full of hope.

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that regardless of whether I find a sponsor for Rael before the end of the year, 31 days spent in prayer for her will not be in vain. I believe 31 days of prayer could change the course of Rael's life.

I also believe that God's heart is even more broken for Rael than mine is. I want her to be rescued. He wants to be her Rescuer. I want her to have hope for a better future. He wants her to have the hope of eternal life. I want her to know the love of a sponsor. He wants her to know the love of a Savior.

And I believe that God will stop at nothing to set this little girl free. Free from poverty. Free from fear. Free from hopelessness. Free from sin. Free.

Please join me in praying for Rael in the days ahead. And if you or someone you know is interested in giving hope to this little girl across the world in Kenya, please email me at Courtney AT GrowingIsBeautiful DOT com. The cost is $38/month but the most important gift you will give her is your love. Please visit the Compassion International website for more information about sponsorship and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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