My Darling Jenser…

There really are no words but still I am going to try to express all that is laying on my heart tonight.

From the moment you ran into my arms until our last goodbye this afternoon, I absolutely loved every moment of our day together.

It was one of the best days of my life. Even hours later as I write this letter, my heart is bursting with joy. I am overwhelmed by opportunity that God has given me, to be your sponsor, and your friend.

I loved seeing where you spend your days.

This morning I saw the tiny dark room that you share with your mother, sisters, and brother. Even though it was small and imminent danger lurked outside, I could instantly tell that you felt safe there. And that made me happy.

This afternoon I got to experience the Compassion project where you play, where you learn about Jesus, and where you will find the kind of friends that will last a lifetime. I know that as you grow this place will serve as your home away from home. I know that the pastor and the project director will be there for you, anytime you need them. I know that they will see that you are molded into the Godly man you were created to be. And that made me happy.

I loved hearing firsthand about the challenges you face.

Even though it tore me up inside to see and hear the trials that you face at only four years old, it was incredible to know specifically how I can pray for you.

I will pray that you stay safe, that the gangs don’t come knocking, that the rain will let up so that when you sleep your bed is warm and dry.

And I will pray for your father, that he is safe as he travels four hours to work, that he remains strong and faithful during the week as he lives separated from his wife and children, and that he finds steady employment closer to home, closer to you.

Jenser always remember, “Life is hard, but God is good.”

God is so good. And He has big plans for you.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12 (New International Version)

I loved seeing a picture of what the future might hold for you.

You probably don’t realize this but today I met three young men who grew up in your project. Three young men that are pursuing their dreams at the University with the help of Compassion’s Leadership Development Program.

Hearing each of their stories gave me great hope for you. You can be anything you want to be. You just need to stay focused on your studies and walk where God leads you.

Most of all I loved being with you.

I loved laughing with you. I loved feeding you. I loved kicking the soccer ball with you. And I loved holding you close. How I wish that I never had to let you go.

Until we meet again, I will write you letters. Letters that keep you abreast of my adventures and dreams. Letters that remind you that you are loved. Letters that affirm everything you are learning about Jesus.

Now it is time to say goodbye again but know that a big chunk of my heart remains in Guatemala with you.



PS – I will be practicing my soccer (or football as you say) so that I can try to keep up with you when we reunite.

If you would like to sponsor a child like Jenser through Compassion International click here. You will not regret it. As you can tell from this letter, I don’t.

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  • Dear Lord , may this little boy know your protection and your endless live for them. May he grow in strength and courage in your name. Amen xxx

  • Laura Anne

    Best. Post. EVER.


    And he even taught you the correct word for 'football'. Well done Jenser, well done! 🙂
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    • We kicked the ball back and forth for hours. It was so fun!

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  • Leslie

    Crying over my computer once again. I'm afraid my husband is going to suggest I stop reading these…he's getting a little concerned 🙂 This was SO beautiful. What a precious little boy. Lord, please hold him close, protect him, surround him with Your grace.

    • Sorry. I have been there. Boohooing at my computer and loving every minute of it!

  • Another great post, with wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!
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    • It has been incredible having Keely with us to capture all the moments. She is a rockstar!

  • SpenceSmith

    Linds… wow! what a great kid! and what a great experience for you. I wish i could have seen that all happen in person and i can't wait to hear about it all when you get home!

    • I know. But you had to go to Disneyworld. 😉

      Really missed you on this trip. Can't wait to unload on you soon.

  • He IS precious! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • So precious. I keep coming back to see the pictures. To remember.

  • jcatron

    Dang it! Why you gotta make me cry??!! So proud of you Linds! Btw, Molly says she'll help you with soccer. 🙂
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  • Linds – I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of him running right into your arms streets away from his house! What a beautiful, amazing providence that you were out in front with arms already wide open and ready to catch him. It was a remarkable sight!

    • What a beautiful representation of our heavenly Father waiting for us! It brings to mind the lyrics from Arms Open Wide – "Here I stand, arms open wide. I am yours, and you are mine."
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      • That was the best. It was a moment I wish I could freeze frame.

  • Aww Lindsey that turned me into mush inside. Thank you God for this opportunity for Lindsey to hold and play with precious Jenser. Thank you God for what it just did to my heart.

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  • The last picture of you hugging Jesner is priceless. Beautiful post.

  • This is SOOOOO precious. Thank you for doing this, Lindsey—and for writing about it!
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  • Eve Annunziato

    Your words are poignant, this story is incredibly moving, and these hearts you share with us are priceless and beautiful. Wow! So proud of ya sweet friend. I can't wait for Jenser to read this post and see these pics in a few years. A-MAZING.

  • Teena

    touched my heart in a big way….. been reading everyone's posts, tweets and crying, laughing and praying with and for all of you.

    Our little boy from Indonesia was 3 when we first sponsored him. He turned 4 right after we sponsored him… and he is 6 now. We write him and tell him we love him, are praying for him…. we tell him God has great plans for him…..

    thank you, Lindsay for sharing about Jenser.

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    • Thank you Teena for reading and encouraging. It kept us going.

  • He's a sweet, sweet boy, Lindsey! What a gift you could meet him face to face, the time spent together forever etched in your heart.
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  • Brittany

    Lindsey, you are such a beautiful person. I'm happy to call you my friend. xo

  • I am going to send a version with pictures when I get home.

  • Thanks Steve! It has been so great having Patricia here with us. And so fun to "see" you last night on Skype.

  • You totally did me in with this post. Between you and Amanda Jones, I am a puddle. Praying you carry this with you for a long time and for your safe return home.

  • Wow. God bless you for being his sponsor.

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  • I loved Guatemala. Amazing place. Amazing people. The trip has definitely changed me.

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  • digitalmomblog

    Wow, amazing capture of an amazing experience!
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  • lisapbjcreations

    What a beautiful post Lindsey ! Whatt a beautiful friendship !
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  • Easily your best post ever.
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  • Lindsey — I think I've read this now for the fifth time…
    If all your letters are like this — Jenser is the luckiest man in the world to have a bit of your heart.

    You move me deep, Lindsey… seeing you with him that day, I thought you radiated.

    All, all my love,

  • christian

    This was absolutely beautiful. =~)

  • Gah! He melts my heart.
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    • So wanted to name this post "My Sponsor Child is Cuter Than Your Sponsor Child" 😉

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