Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Marta!

Today, is Marta's Birthday! She is 8 today. Who is Marta? Marta is a special little girl from Ethiopia whom I met just months ago through Compassion. One of her favorite toys is dolls. I was SO excited to be able to a doll I made with a blogger friend, Tracy, who is traveling to Ethiopia over the next few days and there she will get to meet her sponsored child, Amanuel!

Just like many little girls, two of Marta's favorite things to do are to singing and playing house. I remember how much I loved playing house at her age. I imagined doing the dishes, cleaning the house, taking care of the babies. Not much has changed in that department-just that it's no longer just an imagination.

It makes my heart smile when I think about her dancing and singing. With her torn shoes, mismatched socks, and dirty clothes that are too small for her, singing her favorite song, God is good.

Despite the trials this young girl has faced, she still sings that God is good and she prays for me.

It seems that when things go slightly wrong in our lives, we question God. We question His intentions and even at times, we blame Him for our misfortunes. We forget how good God really is.

We pray for the children, just like Marta, when some times we forget that we too need prayers.

Marta survived these statistics:

**One out of every 20 children born alive die in their first month of life

**One out of ten die before reaching their first birthday

**One out of six die before reaching their fifth birthday

BUT Marta still faces these horrible statstics:

**She could be one of the 4.6 million orphans in her area who have been forced to live without a mom and a dad because they've died of lack of food and water, crime, AIDS or other diseases.

**She could be one of 1 million children who die of Malaria.

**She herself could someday be one of 1.5 million people in her land dying of AIDS.

**One in five working people, earn less than $1 a day. Most in her area earn $17 a month. What will she need to do to survive as an adult?

The statistics could go on, but if you want to learn more you can read about them here.

They are easy numbers to spill out when you see them as numbers. But when you begin to look deeper-when you look at the faces of these children-how can your heart not hurt for them? How can we not say, I HAVE to do something?

Some say, "Where is your God?" "Where is the One who saves?"

Marta says she has a reason to sing that her God is good!

Could Marta and the other children like her say the same about us?


In a letter dated September 24, 2008, Marta says, "Thank you for being my sponsor".

You too could save a child like Marta. It will melt your heart the day that they write to you and say, I'm thankful for having you as a sponsor and I'm praying for you.

I have child packets right now-waiting for you make that decision. I'll be more than happy to help you choose one.


Jill Foley said...

Happy Birthday Marta! Great post Abbie!

Juli Jarvis said...

Oh, sweet, sweet Marta! Thanks so much for sharing about her! Blessings on both of you!

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