Saying Goodbye to Satish, In Chennai India

Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015

As I left Chennai India for Kochi, it was very hard to say goodbye to Satish and my heart was bursting to tell the story about my day with him. It was an emotional greeting upon pulling up to the Compassion project where Satish had spent much of his time growing up. After introductions were made I sat with Satish and the people who have invested years of their life into this bright, likable and intelligent young man. We poured over a file that contained all of Satish’s records for the 10 years that he has been a part of the Compassion program since the age of 8 when Christina started sponsoring him. Like a proud mother, Suzanne sifted through Satish’s files, medical care, grades (marks), attendance at the church, comments from the workers visits with Satish, very thorough. I was deeply moved to see that his file contained all 10 years of Satish’s and Christina’s letters. What touched me the most was the initial letter that Christina sent him 10 years ago with her high school graduation photo attached. I do not have the words. Each letter that was sent by Christina over the last 10 years had a return letter with it from Satish attached to it. I was enthralled at the level of detail and care that had been put into Satish’s records. The most inspiring moment was when Satish openly shared his testimony of how he came to accept Christ into his heart here at the Compassion project at the age of 14. He shared how it changed his attitude, his outlook on life and how he sees and treats others, his eyes sparkled and he showed a heart felt enthusiasm for this step of faith that he had taken 4 years prior.
I am more excited than ever for this story to be published by Compassion this summer in their magazine. This will be a story that truly exemplifies Compassion Internationals mission statement of “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”

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Christina, at 18 years of age at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama at the time she started sponsorship of Satish.

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Compassion team person (my new friend Moses) driving me through Chennai to see Satish

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Satish’s neighborhood

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Emotional meeting with Satish

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Satish, holding original sponsorship card from Christina 10 years ago

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Suzan, Vani, Keziah, Inbam, Getha, Jothi, Monica, these sweet ladies work with Compassion and have poured their lives into the Compassion project and Satish here in Chennnai India.

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Pastor J leads worship here at the project

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Satish’s mother and father

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Visiting Satish’s very sweet, and proud, mother at her work

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Satish and his mother where we took them out to eat.

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We visited the college that Satish has started his first year in. These are his classmates.

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Satish in his college classroom. Due to Satish’s high marks (great grades), and through assistance from Compassion, he has started his first year of college. He loves software design.

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Satish and i with his college faculty

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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The school Satish attended growing up

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Friends of Satish

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Exploring the neighborhood that Satish grew up in

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Satish at the Project, speaking at one of the after school programs

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One of the children in the Compassion project

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Sweet little boy in the Compassion project at about the age that Satish started.

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Saying goodbye was tough

 

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