We’ve had the joy of sponsoring a little girl from Uganda through Compassion International since she was 5 (she is now 11 and the same age as our oldest daughter). After going through the Compassion Experience a few months ago, we decided to sponsor our second child. We found a little boy from Ethiopia. He is 8 years old (same as our youngest daughter) and was in desperate need of a sponsor.
Each year we receive an updated photo of our sponsored child to show how much they are growing. I’ve always placed these photos on the fridge, thinking it would be a place to keep them in our minds. When our kids were small the fridge was a place of honor for finger paintings and drawings, but as they’ve gotten older it’s turned into a place for football schedule magnets and dentist appointment reminders.
I felt the Lord telling me not to put their photos there but to create a special place to hang them just as we would those of our own children. I immediately thought of the words, “They are precious in His sight” and I got to work making this frame!
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SPONSORED CHILD PHOTO FRAME:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Large piece of wood (I used pallet wood from Michael’s)
- World map stencil
- White vinyl and cutting machine
- Twine and clothes pins
I found this stained pallet wood at Michael’s that was meant for hanging and it was the perfect size for my photos.
This world map from Etsy comes in multiple sizes. I chose the 12in x 12in size.
I used a white chalky paint to fill in the stencil. It’s very intricate and I have a blob where I should have lakes/rivers. 🙁 Oh well, it still gets the point across and I like the way it turned out in the end.
The words to the song were added using my Cricut and white vinyl. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can paint the words on (try the carbon transfer method).
The final step was to wrap some twine around the top a few times. I secured it with hot glue in the back and then added some small clothes pins.
Now I have this really sweet frame where I can hang photos of our own children as well as our sponsored children.
This frame serves as a reminder that our sponsored children are just as precious to the Lord as the children living in our home!
There are so many children that need sponsors and we wanted to help them all. We decided to choose our children based on their birthdays being close to our kids’ birthdays.
Our little boy has the exact same birthday as me…there’s no way I will ever forget him on his birthday! Want to know if you share a birthday with a child in need?