According to CNN news, former US president George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored a Filipino child for 10 years.
A 7-year-old boy named Timothy from the Philippines was sponsored by the 41st President of the United States Of America for a decade using a pseudonym. This was through a non-profit organization called Compassion International that uses local churches to help children in poor communities around the world.
Former President George H.W. Bush sent funds to support Timothy’s education, extracurricular activities and some of his meals. The organization shared some of the Bush’s letters, confirmed by Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the Office of the former President.
On the letter sent on January 24, 2002, Bush said that he loved Timothy though they haven’t met yet.
“Dear Timothy, I want to be your new pen pal. I am an old man, 77 years old, but I love kids; and though we have not met I love you already. I live in Texas – I will write you from time to time – Good Luck. G. Walker.”
“P.S. Be sure to say your prayers. I do every day,” President Bush wrote.
“Here is a picture of our dog. Her name is Sadie. She has met a lot of famous people. She is a very good dog she was born in England. She catches mice and chipmunks, and she runs like the wind. G. Walker.”
He also mentioned that he was famous that he was invited to the White House for Christmas.
“Dear Timothy, I love that picture of you holding that ‘World Time’ gadget. I also have learned that you play the guitar – terrific! Timothy, have you ever heard of the White House? That’s where the president of the USA lives. I got to go to the White House at Christmas time. Here is a little booklet that I got at the White House in Washington.”
Timothy also responded saying:
“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Walker, How are you? I hope you’re in good condition. I would like to thank you for not forgetting me. You’re so nice and good. God is so good to us. He gives us the body & will to get to where we want to go. Thank you so much for the book, I like it very much.”
Wess Stafford, the former president of Compassion International told CNN:
“Because the musicians were mostly Christian, they believed in our mission, they would tell the audience about us, and ask them if they would like to sponsor a child,” he said.
“All of the sudden, Mr. Bush, who was sitting only a few rows back and surrounded by security, raised his hand and asked for a pamphlet.”
Timothy didn’t find out who his sponsor was until he had graduated from the program.
“After a while, my executive assistant, Angie Lathrop, took over the sponsorship, and after Timothy graduated at 17, she flew to the Philippines to meet him,” Stafford said.
“That’s when she told him who his sponsor really was.”
Timothy was shocked after knowing who his sponsor is and couldn’t believe that the man he had been writing letters to was once the President of a nation. George H.W. Bush passed away last November 30, 2018, at the age of 94.