Why Being A World Vision Sponsor Matters
We began our sponsorship of them in October 2012 after seeing a video at a Women of Faith event. When we looked into their dark brown eyes and saw the sadness on their faces we knew God wanted us to welcome these girls into our hearts. We started out with the monthly support required of sponsors and saw how it was used to develop their individual communities. We would send the 5×7 packages they allow filled with age-appropriate fun things for the girls. (You learn to get creative with these small padded envelopes, as we have sent toys, dolls, clothes, and school supplies in them.) As budgets allowed we began to send single gifts of $100. This is when we were able to see the real power behind what happens at World Vision. It was amazing to see how far $100 could go in their part of the world.
Our first gift to Siprose got her outfitted for school with clothes, shoes, and a backpack and also bought the family a bull. WOW! Other gifts have been used to purchase several sheep and goats, a table and chairs for the family, and more clothes and schoolbooks for Siprose. We have watched our pictures show Siprose go from being a solemn child to smiling from ear to ear as she sported her new polka dot dress and patent leather shoes. The pride and joy was so tangible it practically burst through the photo!
Seraphina’s gifts have had an even greater impact. In fact, when we received a picture and a letter telling us how the first $100 gift we sent her for Christmas was used, we wept. It was a picture of her standing on a piece of land with her mother. They had taken the $100 and purchased plot of land on which to build a home. Y’all, $100 was all that was needed to buy enough land to build a home for this beautiful child and her family. That was a game changer for us but more importantly for her because land means wealth and stability in these countries.
We were so overwhelmed with the power of $100 we pondered how little it would take to build a structure on that property for this family. We have sent a larger gift and are waiting to see how it will be used to better this child’s precious life. We pray they build a house that offers them peace and safety.
There are so many things we take for granted here in our part of the world…so many places we spend our money frivolously that could be better purposed elsewhere. When we place our resources, our prayers and our love into organizations like World Vision we are impacting a generation. The reach is so much more than the child whose picture hangs on our refrigerator. We impact the siblings, the parents and the entire community.
Child sponsorship matters. Too many children are in need. Too many are dying from starvation. Did you know that statistics estimate a child dies from malnutrition every ten seconds?
Do the math…in the time it takes you to watch your favorite TV show, how many children have starved to death?
In the time it takes you to drive to work, how many children have died in agony because of a parasite they picked up eating dirt and bugs so they could fill their stomachs and stop the ache?
In the time it has taken you to read this post, how many moms have watched their children die?
I know those are not pleasant thoughts. The images of bloated bellies and children who look like skeletons are horrifying. We want to turn away and not look. But we have to look. WE HAVE TO SEE THEM IN ORDER TO HELP THEM.
If we call ourselves Christians, then it is our job to take care of these children. They are our responsibility. Their lives are no less important than the lives of the children that sit at our tables or live in our neighborhoods. These children are the next generation and they deserve a fighting chance to fulfill their God-given purpose on this earth.
Organizations like World Vision are the hands and feet on the ground in these areas. They are working to develop and educate communities on different farming techniques so they can create they own thriving economy. They teach children and the educate parents. They empower the families to better their lives.
And all it takes on our end are a few small sacrifices. Skip a few fancy coffee drinks or a couple dinners out. Cut coupons to save at the grocery and put that money towards sponsorship. Have a bake sale at our church.
What seems like so little to us is life changing to them.
My little girls are beautiful and I am so thankful to be partnering with World Vision to give them a fighting chance to find a way out of poverty. I am doing my part. But there are so many more who need sponsors, so many more who need a chance at an education and health care so they can grow up and change the world for the better. Please consider helping the children still needing to know someone sees them and loves them enough to sacrifice for them. Please consider getting some skin in the game and actually using your resources to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the lives of the World Vision children still waiting for a sponsor.
I can promise you when you see the radiant glow on their face over a backpack or a goat, you will know you are making a difference in a life desperate for light. You will see the fruit of your gifts as you sow into the lives of these precious children and your heart will be full because you will know God is multiplying your efforts as only He can. Together we can change the staggering statistics and in turn, change our world.
My name is Tammy and I am seriously gobsmacked that I am sitting here writing this and you are sitting there reading it. This journey has been a lifetime in the making and one with more potholes than mountaintops to be sure. My story to date is, well, let’s just say messy and very broken, but if I have learned anything, it is that everyone has a bit of mess in their story and brokenness in their soul. Thankfully, God took me on a journey of healing and redemption and the path has birthed a passion within me to help other women do the same.
ROWing stands for Rebuilding Our Walls and originated in the book of Nehemiah. It is about clearing out the rubble from our lives and finding the redemption in our stories so we can leave a better legacy for generations to come. I believe from the bottom of my heart that women have the power to CHANGE THE WORLD and I don’t mean that in some spiritual mumbo-jumbo way. I truly believe if we, as women, will lock arms with one another and row through this life together we can help reclaim our dignity and find redemption in our stories so we light the way for those coming behind us.
My role as the writer of Rowing in Faith is to point the way to the redemption only God can offer. I am simply the guide. YOU ARE THE HERO IN YOUR STORY AND IN YOUR LIFE. So let’s get started writing a new story, one overflowing with redemption and dignity.
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