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A Meeting Ten Years in the Making

Ten years ago my husband and I stood and poured over photos of World Vision kids at a Third Day concert. Ten years ago, I filled out a form telling World Vision they could take $30 a month out of our checking account to sponsor a child. Ten years ago I had no children of my own. Ten years ago I had no blog. But ten years ago, God knew I would one day have those things and chose Loribert for our family.

And he knew that today, I would get to meet Loribert, all grown up.

I cannot possibly capture in words what that moment was like for me. I can tell you, there was not a dry eye in the house. I had spent the morning learning about how World Vision comes into a community and provides them with clean water, education, and medical assistance. How they are empowering communities by giving them skills to provide for their family. How they bring smiles to the faces of the children they provide with sponsors. How they bring hope where there wasn’t any before.

Now, I got to see what my money had done. Loribert comes from a family of five. The youngest three are sponsored children. They have helped provide him with school supplies and given assistance with his education. When I asked Loribert what sports he liked, he shrugged. When I asked him what he liked to do, he shrugged (he is 13 and apparently 13 year old boys here are just as awkward around adults as in the states). But when I asked him about school, he began talking. He loves math. And although he doesn’t know exactly what he wants to “be when he grows up”, he plans on going to college. I asked his mom if anyone else in his family has ever gone to college. She told me that only her sister. And one of the local staff told me that for him even to make it this far in school is rare amongst this community.

There were many times today when I saw such poverty that I couldn’t help thinking to myself, what do these moms dream for their children? I have such big dreams for my kids, but in these communities where you barely have a roof over your head and clothes on your back, what can you possibly dream? I think thanks to World Vision, Loribert’s mom is seeing her dreams for her children realized. His family wasn’t an overly expressive family, but when she hugged me goodbye and told me thank you, I got one of the tightest hugs I have ever received. And she didn’t let go for the longest time. At that moment, mom to mom, I felt the weight of what sponsorship can do. It gives a mom permission to dream for her children.

Don’t you want to be part of a families dream? I can’t imagine a better way to spend $35 a month then sponsoring a child. Can you?

Comments

  1. oh amanda says:

    I have tears in my eyes again. So beautiful. And I’m so thankful to God I got to experience it with you!
    .-= oh amanda´s last blog ..It’s a Small World After All =-.

  2. It was an honor to be there.

  3. What a beautiful story. Thanks for posting about your experience.
    .-= Melanie Sapp´s last blog ..Her Majesty the Pre-K Queen =-.

  4. What a wonderful story! 10 years! :)

  5. Aw, Jill!! I have tears!! So very precious!! I’m so thrilled for you that you were able to meet him and his family!! Praise the Lord!!
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  6. I bet there’s not a dry eye reading this post, either. What an incredible experience!

  7. What a beautiful moment you’ll cherish forever. He will too.
    .-= We are THAT family´s last blog ..WFMW: Backwards Edition =-.

  8. Tears.

    We take for granted our power to dream, to hope for our children.

    You’ve done a good thing, Jill. Bless you.
    .-= Maranne@Writer-Mommy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday | My Kind of Graffiti =-.

  9. I have no words. I have tears. I’ve been waiting to read this post. I’m proud of you. I’m giving thanks to God.
    .-= Jen @ BigBinder´s last blog ..Relax, and Give =-.

  10. that is so precious! and the look on his face is priceless!! God is good.

  11. That is so amazing Jill! God is good!

  12. I saw the picture on Twitter yesterday and instantly had my heart in my throat. Ten years of relationship! What a special day, Jill. I feel honored (really) to share your joy.

  13. That is a beautiful story! That is wonderful that you made such a difference in his life.

  14. Erica says:

    So amazing! I just love your smiles in the pictures! They truly tell the story just as well as the words you wrote!

  15. You’ve pretty much raised him. What a special moment. God bless you girls!

  16. What an amazing post!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. I have tears in my eyes and a heart full of joy for him and his family…you as well.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..She says…I say… =-.

  18. I’m so happy for you! That’s so amazing- I love how God’s plans are so much bigger than ours.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer =-.

  19. So so so so awesome. I love your big cheesy smile! It makes me want to meet our little Patria. However, I don’t have plans to go to Indonesia anytime in the near future. (But I bet you thought the same thing about the D.R.!)

    Praying for you lady!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..Award Season =-.

  20. I just Stumbled this one! Love it!!
    .-= Becky @TheVioletFig´s last blog ..Baby chicks =-.

  21. THat is simply amazing beyond words – so proud to be in this community with someone like you!

  22. Andrea @ MommySnacks.net says:

    This will be a day I never forget. It was so amazing, Jill. I feel blessed to experience your meeting and cry the tears of joy with you!
    .-= Andrea @ MommySnacks.net´s last blog ..Smiles are Universal! =-.

  23. What a surreal experience! How awesome that God ordained this to happen before you were even born!!
    .-= Staci Brown´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday – Garage Sale Tips =-.

  24. You made me cry too!! you guys are awesome!

    Mercedes

  25. Nicol says:

    I already knew you were an amazing woman, and one I look up to in many ways, this post is moving. I am proud to be your friend and I am so very happy for you!!

  26. What a blessing! I am so glad that you had the opportunity to take this trip – what a profound time for you. You are amazing and I look forward to hearing all about it when you return safely to us.

    J

  27. Awesome. I hear that word used for so many things, but this truely is deserving of the weight and power. So moving *hugs*
    .-= Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom´s last blog ..Introducing Solids – how to help baby try new things =-.

  28. What a blessing to read this post!! We too sponsor children through this organization -but have never had the opportunity to meet them! I have tears streaming down my face – I just love that his mom hugged you so tightly. Thanks for posting!

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