I was in college when I was referred to an organization called World Vision. Little did I know that sponsoring a child would change my daily life. I sponsored one girl named Amelia from Brazil from her age of 12-18. She is now studying at a university in Brazil to be an educator. I am very proud of her and she has given me great joy and love from someone I have yet to meet face to face. See, I have never met Amelia, but I sponsored her. For $35.00 a month I gave her a warm place to sleep, food to eat and a chance at a life she would have never had the opportunity for without my help. For me, kicking out the daily $4.00 Starbucks and trading that money in for this young woman's future was a better deal. I am still in touch with her and she is doing so well. Through letters, a call here and there and exchange of Christmas gifts, I feel that she is apart of my family and vice versa.
I think that God blessed me with a heart that I usually wear on my sleeve. It's pretty big and I am always wanting to help people in any way that I can. I believe in giving more than receiving- cliché I know, but once you experience it. It becomes infectious, I promise! :)
So, I wanted to share my personal experience with you and hopefully encourage you to volunteer, help others in need or go to world vision.org and sponsor a child. There are so many children in the world that are in need of our help. So, put down that Starbucks, re think that lunch purchase and sponsor a child. I promise you, You will not regret it! If you plan on doing so, let me know and I will post your story on my blog.
I am currently sponsoring two 4 year old children ( one boy and another girl), one lives in Armenia the other in Albania. I love having them in my life. They are pure joy! Once I receive a current letter or drawing from them I will post it for you all to see.
So, I challenge you to make a difference in this world. Go and help others that are in need ! :)
The Vintage Pearl
Note: I was not paid or sponsored by World Vision. org to speak of them etc.. This is merely my own personal thoughts and experiences with this great organization.