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A Little Child Shall Lead Them ~ Compassion Tanzania Blogging Trip {Day 2} Part 2

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As part of our visit to the Buhongwa Compassion center in Mwanza, Tanzania, we had the opportunity to visit the family of Latecia, a little girl that is part of the Compassion International center, but still waiting for a sponsor.

She is just three years old.

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That same three year old led us on a 15 minute walk along meandering dirt paths to her home so that we could meet her family. {That thought alone overwhelms me, people}. The thought of my child walking around our neighborhood alone is enough to scare me and yet, she knows the way and was able to guide us to her house.

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We met her brother, Michael just before we reached the house. He watched us enter and followed us into their small, dark home. No water. Their source of  fresh water is the Buhongwa child development center where Latecia attends the program. 15 minutes away.

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Windows were blocked with bricks and covered to keep pests out, so their small house was dim and we all struggled to see at first. Moments after we sat down on the couch, something scurried over my feet. I’ll admit I made a small yelp. It was their cat, which was followed later by a chicken.

Agnes is a single mother with two children. She rents her small house with the money that she earns selling vegetables at the market. When we asked her what her struggles were for her family, she spoke of the lack of food. If she doesn’t have enough, she goes without and feeds her children instead.

My heart is breaking.

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We spent more time asking her questions about what it means to her in having Latecia participate in the Compassion International center. Does it help her family?

The answers? A good education. Medical care {because she has concerns about some things with Latecia} and the center has staff that can help her. Food is also available for her daughter when she attends the program.

During much of the time we spent with Agnes and her children, she was very serious and soft spoken. Before we left, we asked if we could pray with her and she said yes. No interpretation was made ~ just prayers from our heart.

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As we left, we snapped a few pictures of Agnes and her family in the doorway of their home. Sweet smiles. An amazingly beautiful woman who cares so much about her children and wants them to have a better life than she herself does.

Latecia walked back with us to the Buhongwa child development center. My heart is just overwhelmed with how a mother would feel watching her children struggle with such basic needs such as where the next meal is coming from.

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This mother is the one whose face I looked at and saw hope, because she sees the blessing and benefits that her child receives through the assistance of Compassion International.

Will you be a part of that hope?

If you would like to specifically sponsor a child from the Buhongwa child development center, follow this link to see the children that are available for sponsorship . These children have become a part of the Compassion program, but need families that are willing to open their hearts and sponsor monthly. Once all of the children from the Buhongwa center have been sponsored, you can sponsor any child in Tanzania.

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

Those who went on the home visits today will also be sharing how they were impacted as the day progressed. Be sure to visit the Compassion Bloggers website to visit the blogs of others and read more. I can’t wait to share more with you this week, especially as I meet one of the children that we sponsor and hope you will continue following!

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