Meeting José for the first time was one of those moments you never forget. The small, rough homes set against the scenic backdrop of Bogota, Colombia, the fresh mountain air wafting through the street, and of course, the tears and tangible excitement and anticipation of José’s family.
The interesting thing about giving hugs without arms is that I have no control over the strength or length of the hug. It’s completely dependent on the person who hugs me. José had such a firm, loving hug. It was an immediate connection.
Pulling up to José’s house, it was just amazing seeing his beautiful family lined up to receive me. He said thank you for giving me this opportunity [to meet you] and I was like, I’m the one blessed, I’m the one witnessing miracles.
I’ve seen small houses on dirt before but I’ve never met a family in such a poor state of need. Their own father hung himself in that house. The first thing anyone would do is move out of that house. They can’t. Yet the love and joy they have for God and the desire they have to make a difference in their city is awesome.
Simple, generous donations are not just donations. Simple, generous letters are not just letters. There is a ripple effect that happens as we encourage these kids to be all that they can be.
Seeing what Compassion does around the world, to me, is such a God ordained ministry. It’s a commission to the body of Christ to go out and be the love—love in action. And that’s why I’m a sponsor.
Words by Nick Vujicic
Nick was born without arms or legs in Melbourne, Australia. Today he travels around the world to share his inspiring message: “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”