Those of you familiar with World Vision already know about Child Ambassadors. They are the folks that help connect people like you and me with children in far away places who could benefit from a sponsor. Child sponsorship equates to tangible things like better education, clean water, and improved health care.
An Impoverished Child + A Caring Sponsor = Hope
World Vision has volunteers serving as Child Ambassadors in every state of the U.S. I’m happy to say that our East Central area is fortunate to have a wonderful new ambassador! Barb Holmberg is a long-time resident of Cambridge who cares deeply about the needs of children. Ten years ago Barb and her husband, Tim, expanded their family to include five siblings from the Children’s Shelter of Cebu in the Philippines. Their example has encouraged others to start down the path of adoption or just stay the course. You would think that a mother of nine children and three grandchildren wouldn’t want to add one more thing to her busy life. But I will let Barb take it from here…
I am brand new to the Child Ambassador program, having just completed my training in mid-April. Although our family has sponsored children for a number of years, we weren’t fully acquainted with the work of World Vision. Then, several years ago, I was involved with showing the World Vision film, Journey to Jamaa, at my home church. That’s when I began to realize what sponsorship actually accomplishes—not only for children, but for their families and communities as well.
In the fall of 2012, I was invited to work with Our Response to bring the Step into Africa experience to the Isanti County Fairgrounds. Through this event my admiration for World Vision grew. There are many organizations that respond to the great needs in this world, but few who do it so effectively and who are motivated by faith in Jesus Christ. Because World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people, I felt led to be a part of their organization as a Child Ambassador.
The children who are sponsored through my webpage live in the Rwandan community known as Kivuruga. I chose that particular location because it’s where Our Response partners with World Vision. As East Central Minnesotans continue to travel to Kivuruga we can see firsthand what is being accomplished for our sponsored children. Due to the partnership between Our Response and World Vision, what has happened in Kivuruga these past four-and-a-half years is amazing!
Child sponsorship is such a great way for individuals and families to join with a trustworthy organization to help alleviate poverty. The best part of being a Child Ambassador is that I can link others to this great work of God across the world. When I have opportunity to be part of World Vision events or give presentations to groups, I will be able to help individuals sponsor children from Rwanda as well as other countries, depending on individual preference.
Residents of our East Central area are already sponsoring 560 Kivurugan children, which means that my role as a Child Ambassador may look a little different than what is typical. My hope and prayer is to connect with child sponsors and help them learn how to communicate with and bless their sponsored kids. On World Vision’s website it is easy to set up your own sponsorship page where you can receive updates, view photos, and even email your child—something many sponsors don’t know about. I look forward to helping people develop deeper relationships with sponsored children, relationships that go beyond simply sending money.
This fall I am excited to attend a Child Ambassador Conference at World Vision’s headquarters in Seattle. My desire is to connect with more experienced Child Ambassadors to learn creative ways to promote sponsorship.
I am available to speak to small groups or organizations and be on hand for special events. If I can assist you in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-742-6019. I would also love to have you visit my webpage.