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  Teen Gives Up Data Plan To Sponsor Child
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by Kendra Szabo on FEBRUARY 24, 2015 in UNCATEGORIZED


Lauren Yost is a 15-year-old student from Pennsylvania. She, with her parents, is also a child sponsor. However, it wasn’t easy for Lauren to begin with Food for the Hungry (FH).

Lauren Yost “It always sounded fun to write to a kid in a different country and tell them about God’s love, but I didn’t think I could afford it,” Lauren said.

So she made a sacrifice. Lauren decided to give up her smartphone data plan in order to be able to sponsor Erick. This was an idea she heard from singer Jamie Grace who said that’s what she had done when she started sponsoring a child through FH in college.

Lauren pitched the idea to her parents who were fully supportive.

“They are so in love with God and that’s how I’ve grown my love for God,” Lauren said. “They set such a great example for me.”

Since Lauren began sponsoring Erick in March 2014, she has written and received several letters from Erick.

“It’s so cool to interact with someone from a different country and talk about what we like and dislike and about our futures and of course about God,” Lauren said.

Lauren’s decision has had an impact on her friends as well. She says that two of her friends now sponsor children through Compassion.

Lauren Yost w/ Sponsored Child“There are so many places in the Bible about going into the world and preaching the Good News,” Lauren said. “I lean on God to get me through my tough days. How can those kids lean on Jesus if they don’t know him?”

Though it’s been difficult for Lauren to go without some of the luxuries most of her peer group is afforded, she says the rewards are greater than the cost.

“There have been times it’s difficult not to have a smartphone or where I’ve felt left out, but I’ve got used it and it’s been a great lesson to me,” Lauren said. “I just remind myself how worth it it is.”

Lauren says she hopes that others will sponsor children too.

“Everyone has a different calling on their life but I think this can be a great experience,” Lauren said. “Not only can you tell someone on the other side of the world about God but you will grow closer to God too.”

 
 
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