I want to talk a little bit more about Yonas's sponsorship and why I dropped it for those of you who are doubting me and posting comments (that I deleted, by the way) judging me and downright being hateful for no reason, and then not even being courageous enough to post your name. An annoymus judgemental comment is pretty classy, I'm just saying.
Anyway, it was first stated that I dropped Yonas because "Africa isn't my favorite country at the moment." I think it should first be said, that Africa is a continent, not a country. Yonas was from Ethiopia. That's a country. I love Africa. If you would have chosen to at least look at my blog, before you posted your comment, you would have seen that my very first sponsored child is Abu-Bakarr is from Sierra Leone (that's a country) in Africa. I have sponsored him for almost 5 years and I love him with my whole heart. Him and his grandmother are two of the most wonderful human beings on this planet.
In your comment, you then brought up that I asked for help to sponsor Sandesh from India, and then dropped Yonas. You said something along the lines of I should be using that money for Yonas. Well, that wouldn't be very honest, would it? Taking the money that people donated for one child and using for another? I asked for people to help out and come together to sponsor Sandesh, because I believe that it was the right thing to do. Many people have a child sponsored through their blog, by generous donations by their readers and I don't see anything wrong that. If you look back a little, you can see that I set up this blog sponsorship before I cancelled Yonas's sponsorship. When I did this, I had enough money to sponsor Yonas. I was not looking to replace Yonas with Sandesh. What an insensitive thing to assume.
You did mention in your comment that it was confusing that I was talking about sponsoring another boy from Albania. You do have a point there. Here's the thing, I should have been more clear in what I was trying to say. Me wanting to sponsor another boy in Albania is a far off dream. I will not have the money to sponsor another child for around another year, if I even have it then. I was simply stating that I love those Albanian boys and I think it would be great to sponsor another one someday. Someday does not meant today. And when that someday arrives, maybe I will be able to look up Yonas again, maybe I won't. I sure hope by then, he has another sponsor.
Now that I think I've addressed all of the parts of your comment, I'm going to tell you why I stopped sponsoring Yonas, even if the nature of your comment doesn't really deserve it. I currently have two jobs. One full time job teaching and one part time job working with the children at my church. Due to circumstances in my church and rearranging of staff members, I will not be able to work as many hours as I was. The sad truth is that means less money for me. That lead to me having to make the horrible decision of cancelling one of my sponsorships, one that was not taken lightly. I prayed about it for a month. And that prayer lead me to the decision that I made. I was not going to cancel the sponsorships with children I've had long enough to form a relationship with, I was not going to cancel the sponsorship of the child I will be visiting, and I will not be cancelling the sponsorships of the children in India, the country that God most calls me and my heart to. That left one child. As sad as it is, it was something that I had to do. I did not want to do it.
No sponsor wants to drop their children, but I truly believe that God is in every circumstance and every situation. As hard as this choice was for me, I feel at peace about it and sometimes, difficult decisions are what God is calling us to do. I know that God is with Yonas and God will lead Yonas to his perfect sponsor, since I clearly could not be that for him.
I urge you, annoymus commenter, to think about how your words may affect somebody, before you post them. You did not have the background knowledge of this situation and you did not know the agonizing decision that this was for me, before you commented. I hope that this blog post clears it up a little bit for you.