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Karlita: The Power of Words

Karlita: The Power of Words

   Katie Chatham
   9 October 2019


One of our greatest privileges we have as sponsors and facilitators is to speak life over the lives of the children entrusted to us. Proverbs 16:24 says “Kind words are like honey -- sweet to the soul and healthy for the whole body.”

We can never underestimate the power of simple words of encouragement, and how those words can change a life.

Karlita in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is one example of a life changed by the encouraging words of her facilitator and sponsor. When Karlita first came to the Palomino CarePoint, she was described as a girl who displayed a lot of aggression and anger. Her mom decided not to enroll her in school that year because she was weary of getting so many citations for her behavior. As a way to “punish” Karlita, her mom began sending her to the CarePoint. Little did she know it would change Karlita in the most amazing way!

Her facilitator at the CarePoint says that Karlita has been a blessing since she arrived. She quickly learned what to do to help out and wanted to begin learning Bible verses. She even asked for a notebook so she could write them down. A few weeks ago there was a women’s Bible study, and the topic of discussion was identity. Karlita’s facilitator invited her to the study and she was blown away by the invitation. She said that everyone in her life, including her mom, had considered her like a boy and this was her first time being called a girl. Her facilitator reminded her, “you are a girl and you are a queen.”

Little by little, Karlita is being transformed. When she first arrived, she was dirty and often smelled bad because she did not care about how she looked. She now takes care of herself because she knows she is a valuable and loved young lady. She is also very affectionate - always hugging and showing the facilitators her love.  

Because Karlita had words of life spoken over her by her facilitator and now by her incredible sponsors, she says “I don’t want to be anymore like I used to be.” She has a new hope and a new future!



Katie Chatham has been part of the Sponsorship Department of Children's Cup for three years. She is our Donor Relations Representative and enjoys interacting with our amazing sponsors. Katie and her husband, Lee, live in Clayton, North Carolina with their two daughters.

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