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?