This past Friday, we went to the Third Day concert! We bought tickets way back in June when we were at the Joyful Noise Family Fest sponsored by KTIS. We got tickets for that through Living Social and our family of 5 was able to go for just $37! They were selling Third Day concert tickets there and my husband splurged since the concert was on my birthday. When we walked in the church that was hosting the concert, the first thing I saw was a huge World Vision banner and I kind of started to hyperventilate. I don't know why. We went right to the table. I thought, you are kidding me, I've been wanting to know more about World Vision and had kind of forgotten about my quest, you know, with life, and here we were and there they were. I should have finished reading my book! :0)
They started talking to us about their program. I was already feeling overwhelmed as we have been trying to clear out stuff and clutter from our house. Dressers full of clothes, toys, stuff, stuff and more stuff. We have so much stuff! I have already donated so much stuff to fundraiser garage sales, charities, and friends, and we still have so much stuff. My mother and I had been sorting all day in between 'life' and I was still feeling like we hadn't made much progress--and still thinking about it on the way to the concert--so much stuff. And then I look at this table full of children's photos--knowing that they pretty much don't have anything. And not only do they have hardly anything, they probably don't even have clean healthy water to drink or food to eat on a regular basis or medical care or access to medicines they need or school or supplies for school. I was so overwhelmed that I started to cry. How is it that I can have so much stuff and they have nothing? And probably not a whole lot of opportunity to change that. I don't think everyone in our country completely understands what it means to not have opportunity. There are plenty of people willing to do what it takes to 'make it'. Sometimes they just need a little help to get to the starting gate. (And maybe sometimes a little help to the finish line too!) It was as if God had led me to World Vision at the moment I needed to be there. I am humble and I know that I cannot change the world....but thanks to World Vision, I believe I can change one person's world. My husband let me pick out the child that our family will be sponsoring and I am excited to be on this new journey. We are just an ordinary family with an ordinary income and I will gladly pass on some of the things our culture has deemed as ordinary so that one child or family can have something we take for granted. I challenge you too...
Just check out the book....The Hole In Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns. It may change your life too. Just look what it has done for me, and I haven't even finished reading it yet! :0)