Brad Ruggles

The Art Of Living

Our Little Boy Is Growing Up

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It’s hard to believe that in just five weeks I’ll be in Kenya! I’m so excited to experience the awesome work of Compassion International first-hand.

We’ll be sponsoring our second child from Africa who I’ll be able to meet while I’m there. Our first little guy, Sabato, has been a part of our family for nearly four years. Letters, like the one below that we just received, are what make the child-sponsor bond so special.

**this letter was dictated by Sabato in his native tongue and then written and translated by Compassion workers – I’ve left the broken English intact**

letterSaboto greets you so much in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He says he is very happy for the gift you sent to him. (we send extra at Christmas for a Christmas gift) He says he feels good to have a person – a very important person- who takes care of him so much. He says he took his picture near with their center.

He asks do you like his suit and his shoes? He says he likes wearing his suit and his shoes during going to the church.

He says he continues with his lessons with all his effort and after school lessons. He also went to learn an extra lessons during evenings.

He says he likes going at the church on time in order to sing, to pray and singing the Lord’s songs. He says later on he plays football.

He says he loves you so much and he continues praying to God with effort in order to succeed in your activities. Lastly he asks you to continue praying for him so much in order to do all his effort in his lessons.

He says may God bless you so much and to pray for his country Tanzania. He says Goodbye.

We received this updated photograph of Sabato along with this letter…

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This photo is proudly displayed on our refrigerator next to pictures of our two girls. I smile every time I see it.

Sabato described Compassion best in his letter: “He says he feels good to have a person – a very important person- who takes care of him so much.”

And that my friends, is what Compassion is all about.

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I’m Going To Africa!

It’s not often that the opportunity to do something that has been on your heart for years just falls in your lap. When it does, it’s hard to pray about it objectively because you kinda pray and ask God about it with the equivalent of the puppy-dog eyes that my girls know work far too often on me.

You see, while many people have prayed the, “God I’ll do anything for you…just please don’t send me to Africa!”prayer, I have always prayed the opposite. My heart has beat for this continent and its people for years.

So when I got a phone call from Shaun Groves, who works with Compassion International, asking me if I wanted to take a trip to Kenya with Compassion Bloggers in March…well, let’s just say I was more than a little excited! And not just the “I get to fly on a plane to an exotic destination” kind of excited – I’m pumped about leveraging the influence and voice God has given me through this blog to make a difference in a child’s life.

Children like our little Sabato.

We’ve sponsored Sabato for nearly four years. Because of a very small monthly sacrifice on our part he has been able to go to school and stay clothed and healthy. Because of the unique sponsorship relationship Compassion has developed we are able to write Sabato and receive letters from him. Chloe & Emily talk about him to their friends and even call him “their brother.” He’s become part of our family and we are an important part of his.

That’s why I’m so excited to take this trip and share the sights and sounds with you. I’ll be live-blogging from Kenya March 4-10 with a team of bloggers and photographers. I’ll be sharing more details about the trip and my fellow bloggers in the weeks to come but in the meantime you can follow our trip on Twitter. You can also promote help me promote the trip by embedding this widget on your blog:

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I’ve got a few little surprises I’ll be sharing along the way so keep checking back (click here to subscribe to my updates in an RSS reader or click here to subscribe by email).

Thanks for reading and helping me promote this trip. I’m so excited to share this adventure with you!…

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