GUEST POST: Sponsor Visit Part 3 – Going to Bolivia to meet Raquel :)

Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

A sponsor travels to Bolivia to meet her sponsored child – Raquel – for the very first time. If you missed them, click here for part 1 and part 2. Today we get to meet Raquel. :)  And you won’t want to miss the very beautiful moment with her sponsored child’s mother… enjoy!

By Susan:  

Traveling to see Raquel: 14 hours (plus or minus a few) on an airplane; a total of 8 hours plus on a bus in between cities, and taxis are the main mode of transportation. Even though I was prepared with bus schedules, times and cost and a list of taxi names and numbers and all accompanying instructions, I never used them. Taxis are everywhere! First ride: the most expensive. After that, Compassion La Paz hailed a trustworthy taxi and after that, the hotel would call for one when necessary. As for the bus, women walk the sidewalks and bus terminal announcing the bus line and its destination. They take your name, money, assign you a seat, and give you your ticket right there. I had a wonderful seat mate who gave me a window tour of the sights all along the way.

Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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However, all the prayer, planning, and preparation does not ready a sponsor for the tearful embrace of a sponsored child’s mother… at least not this sponsor!

The first person I recognize as I enter the student center is Raquel’s mother. She stands alone with her hair pulled back from her bronzed complexion and she is holding a child’s artwork. Her countenance seems to mirror my sentiments exactly. And at that moment, my own anxious feelings fade when I glimpse this tiny woman in pink.

No translation necessary during the warmth of our initial embrace. The love of a mother for her family radiates from this woman. Her tears tell the story of her appreciation for Compassion’s ministry and how in turn her family is strengthened.

Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

Raquel… isn’t she beautiful?! :)

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Next stop: Raquel’s classroom.

Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

Introductions are made and then the children have the opportunity to ask questions of me and me of them. Afterwards I take pictures of the children on the chance that somewhere out there a sponsor may recognize their child.

Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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Before leaving to enter the next classroom where the older students meet, I am presented with the gift of entertainment. Soon familiar hymns are floating through the air from the strings of a violin. Raquel’s sister is the musician and I am touched by the courage this young girl has to share her talent. Each of these children has been gifted by their heavenly Father.

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Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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Bright eyes, shy, cautious, contemplative expressions, and smiles in all varieties—each student is a gift and gifted for glorifying God.

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Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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And although I didn’t know it at this point in my visit, this is where the giftedness of the Pastor/Director, husband/wife team comes into play at this CDC.

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Raquel - A sponsor meets their sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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— Susan

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THANK YOU!

Please thank Susan, our guest contributor today for sharing her heart with us as she travelled to see Raquel, her sponsored child in Bolivia. And for taking all those extra photos! Did you see your sponsored child in any of them?! And wasn’t that an amazing and beautiful moment with Raquel’s mother…. wow! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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RELATED LINKS

GUEST POST:  Sponsor Visit Part 1 – Heart reflections as a sponsor prepares to meet her child

Raquel - sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

GUEST POST:  Sponsor Visit Part 2 – Going to Bolivia to meet Raquel

Raquel - sponsored child through Compassion International Bolivia

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2 thoughts on “GUEST POST: Sponsor Visit Part 3 – Going to Bolivia to meet Raquel :)

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