This is a watercolor I painted of my granddaughter Kialee almost a decade ago. I took this picture of her just after she had been told that swimming was over for the day and later tried to capture her sad little face in this painting. I remember trying to comfort her as I held her in my arms and whispered, “Tomorrow will be a better day.”
Unfortunately for many children around the world most days are bad days. It isn’t swimming, but food and shelter and survival that are the focus of their days. Compassion International is making better days for tens of thousands of these children around the world. During my shows, we would often show the picture of a little girl named Taciana. This was a face without hope. My mission in using the photo of Taciana was to inspire others to give hope for tomorrow by sponsoring a child. At the time I didn’t even know her name – her little face just reminded me of my granddaughter. One day, after I had shown the picture, a woman ran to the stage. Her name was Julie Patterson. Julie and her family had sponsored Taciana for many years and were preparing to travel halfway around the world to see her. Julie was ecstatic as she opened a book containing all the correspondence she and Taciana had exchanged over the years.
I never dreamed that someday I would meet Taciana. On a recent trip to Brazil, I saw with my own eyes the difference a sponsorship makes. Taciana’s once sad expression now shines with hope. Taciana is vibrant young women who knows the love of God and is passing His love on to other lives. What a difference Julie and her family made in Taciana’s day… no, in her life. You can make the same difference. Click here to see how you can make EVERY tomorrow a better day in a child’s life… forever! Find out more about Compassion international