Things I Love Thursday- World Vision

I cannot believe how close the World Vision trip is getting. As it gets closer I get more and more nervous and anxious for what I am going to see in the Dominican Republic. I know God has had his hand in this trip every step of the way so I am trying to trust in that. But you know how it goes….give things up to God, take it right back, go back and give it up again.

It is wild to me that 10 years ago when I picked my sponsored child’s name out of a pile of kids waiting to be sponsored God knew about this trip. He knew I would be going to the Dominican Republic and led me to a child from that country. You might think that is crazy talk, but I wholeheartedly believe it to be true. And isn’t that wild? God knew this child needed our family and our family needed him.

We need him to remind us of how much we have been blessed with. We need him to remind us that there are people in all corners of the world that have so little. We need him to remind us that God has things he wants to accomplish in this world and that he uses those he has blessed with riches to bless those who have less. And by riches I am not trying to say I am dripping in diamonds and taking baths in money. But I have food on my table and a roof over my head. And for much of the world, that equals incredibly rich.

So I am going to ask again that you would consider giving a little of your “riches” to bless a child. A child in another country far away who has so much less than you. Maybe God has a child in mind for you today that he is going to use to bless you incredibly in a way you can’t even see yet. Does that blow your mind?

If you choose to sponsor a child, I would like to bless you right back. Lisa Leonard is partnering with the World Vision bloggers by providing these gorgeous Faith, Hope and Amor necklaces to those who sponsor a child. For free. (Quantities limited)

Isn’t that amazing? I will be wearing mine the whole trip and the best part? Lisa has generously given 100 necklaces to give away to the families we meet when we are down there. I so hope to give it to my little boy’s family. Maybe his sister who is always writing us his updates (World Vision is still trying to coordinate whether or not we will be able to meet).

Use this necklace as a reminder to pray for your sponsored child. Use it as a way to tell others about how great World Vision sponsorship is. My hope is God will use it to lead you to sponsor a child from the Dominican Republic. If you sponsor through the links in this post, you will be sponsoring a child at the projects we will be visiting. I would love to have a necklace go to one of the families a reader of mine is sponsoring. Let me know if you sponsored a child through my blog and I will do my best to get a necklace and a message to them on your behalf (I can’t promise I will meet your child, but if you get me their info I will do everything in my power).

Please consider sponsorship today.

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  1. I have been praying about sponsoring a child(ren) for a little while now. Just waiting for my husband to get back from deployment so we can work out the details.

    Will definitely keep you in my prayers.
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  2. This is one of my goals. It’s not financially possible yet but hopefully, by next year.
    .-= Florence´s last blog ..Red Robin and Special Olympics =-.

  3. OH I really hope you get to meet him!! How wonderful that would be! And how incredibly awesome of Lisa!! WOW!
    .-= mandi@itscome2this´s last blog ..Laundry done faster! =-.

  4. I’m sure you already know this – but I don’t think that thinking God knew 10 years ago that sponsoring a child would lead to this is crazy talk at all!!

    We’ll be praying for you the whole way.
    .-= Jen @ BigBinder´s last blog ..Art & Bev =-.

  5. Alison Lisiak says:

    Hi Jill,
    We have been planning to do this for the past few weeks. I want Sam to pick the child, when he gets home later today and we’ll send you the name in hopes you get to meet them. Which link do I need to use for the Lisa Leonard necklace? Thanks! Alison

    • Use any of the links about that say “sponsor” or some variation of it. YAY!! I am so excited you guys are doing this.

      • Alison Lisiak says:

        We just signed up!! :) They will send us the info on our child in the next week. I’ll send you the name as soon as I have it. I would like to order the necklace for myself (as a reminder of this child). I did not see it on Lisa’s webpage. Is it available to order?

  6. Hi Jill – I found your blog via Lisa Leonard. I just want to say how excited I am for you that you will be travelling to meet your sponsored child. I met mine last August 2009 in Tanzania, East Africa – as part of a larger project my husband and I started in order to spread the love and begin a powerful legacy. I have been sponsoring Miriamu (now 8 years old) since March 2008. I was 27 at the time and had wanted to sponsor a child for many years but feared that I might not be able to maintain the financial commitment. I stopped worrying about that and just finally did it! My husband and I met the most beautiful salt-of-the-earth people in TZ including Miriamu, her family, her fellow schoolmates and community members. As part of our Project Tanzania initiative which contributes to World Vision’s Survive Five Program in TZ, I got to develop a close relationship with the folks at World Vision Canada. There is no limit to the joy you can experience by sponsoring a child and the community you develop. You can find out more about our story and initiative here: http://www.prairiegirlbyday.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/asante-sana/

    Wishing you a full heart and safe travels.

    .-= Kristle´s last blog ..What I am loving =-.

  7. This is wonderful and I will be praying for you!!
    How generous of Lisa to provide these necklaces too! Love her!
    Kelli @ SustainingCreativity

  8. Woowho! I am anxious to follow your World Vision trip too! We already sponsor two kiddos from Africa but one will be outgrown of the program come Sept. I’m so sad and proud and happy for them! Hehe… We will have to pick out a new little kiddo… or two… in their place. :)

    Take care!

  9. Wow, that Lisa Leonard is awesome! And you guys are too. Praying for your trip. I sponsored a WV child years ago and she actually outgrew the program by getting married!! My heart is so moved by the work that World Vision and Compassion do all over the world. I would love to sponsor a child again, but can’t at this time.
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  10. Praying for your trip! How wonderful.
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  11. Wow, what an awesome story! I hope you have a great trip!
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  12. Ok, coming back to say that our family is now officially sponsoring a child in the DR – thanks to your post & Amanda’s … for the great reminder! Our little boy is Genaro & he will be turning 10 on Sunday! Kind of a little early b-day present (even though he likely won’t know about it in time).
    .-= mandi@itscome2this´s last blog ..Laundry done faster! =-.

  13. How very exciting about your trip! And what awesome necklaces! I hope you are able to meet your sponsored child. We sponsored a World Vision girl in Africa a couple years ago. She’s the same age as our daughter. Will be praying for you and the team!
    .-= Amelia´s last blog ..The business of handwriting =-.

  14. I am so excited for you! What an amazing opportunity to go on this trip- what a life change it may be!

    My husband and I have sponsored two children in Bangladesh for 5 years. We had the chance of visiting the children’s home they live at back in 2008. it was amazing. We just found out that our sponsor daughter has a little sister who has come to the children’s home so we are going to sponsor her as well! Its a great chance to teach our little ones about the world outside of our little town. Izzy has a picture of her sponser sisters next to her bed.

    I hope you love your trip and just let God work through and in you.

    We love what world vision does too!

  15. DeAnna says:

    What an exciting trip you are about to embark on. An amazing opportunity for sure!

  16. Erica says:

    I found your site through Once a Month Mom and I am so looking forward to following your journey! I just love finding other moms out there with a heart to follow God!

    I will be praying for you!

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