Ward and I started sponsoring through Children International in 2004. Our first sponsored child was a girl named Cecil, from the Philippines. We chose her partly because she was cute, and partly because she was the same age as our niece, Brianna.
For many years, Cecil was the only child we sponsored. Then, in 2015, we added Juliet from Zambia, followed by Kimberly in the Dominican Republic... and then lots and lots more.
In 2017, we started making trips to visit our sponsored kids and meet them in person. So far, one or both of us has met our girls in Mexico, the DR, Colombia and Guatemala, and there is a trip to Ecuador on the horizon.
We love the personal relationships we get to develop with our sponsored kids and their families through CI. We work hard to connect with each child we sponsor, and to find ways to help give them brighter futures.