The "Countries of Focus" for our coming fiscal year have been announced! Heading into 2017, our child ambassador team will be focusing on Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Rwanda, and Syria. But what does that really mean, anyway? How can we effectively use the focus countries in our ministries?
Head over to the volunteers website, and look for "Learn about Child Sponsorship" under the "resources" tab. When it opens, look for "Countries of Focus." You'll see each of the different focus countries listed, along with resources like semi-annual reports, prayer requests, stories from Area Development Programs (ADPs), photos to download, and videos.
Take a little time each week to learn about World Vision's work in each of the countries represented. Pray for the children, families, and staff who live there. Becoming better informed about each of these countries will ultimately enable you to better answer questions about World Vision's work and to postition yourself to knowledgeably explain why potential donors will want to help the work that is going on there.
2) Ordering Picture Folders
As you learn about World Vision's work in our focus countries, click on the "supplies" tab and order some new picture folders. To order picture folders from the focus countries, simply click "current campaign" in the drop-down box. Now that you've learned about the work being done in those countries, you're well-equipped to help those children find sponsors!
3) Sharing with Others
Consider contacting a Sunday School class, Moms Group, Rotary Club, or small group and tell them you've recently learned about World Vision's work in Bangladesh (or whichever country you're excited to share about). Ask them if they'd be interested in learning about the various needs in that nation as well as some of the good work that's being accomplished as World Vision shares the love and hope of Christ. Remember, everyone loves a good story! Use the articles or videos from the countries as springboards to talk about World Vision's work! Have a few picture folders from that country available for people to sponsor after your presentation. The best part about using focus countries/campaign materials is that it potentially enables you to share repeatedly with groups - "We have a new focus country and I'd love to share about it with you all!"
Another option is to have a social media share week. After you've taken time to learn about the focus countries, choose one and talk about it for a week or so on social media. Tell your friends that you've been learning some new things that you'd love to share with them and then each day, share a fact and photo, a video, or a story from the volunteers site. At the end of the week, share a photo from a picture folder and ask if anyone would like to sponsor that child! (Be sure not to display the child's ID number for the safety of the child pictured).
Using the Countries of Focus from the volunteers site is a fantastic way to grow in your ministry as a child ambassador! It will help you to become more knowledgeable as a CA; it will potentially open new doors for you as you share about the things you're learning about; and it will enable you to share specific stories of children in ways that will capture the heart of your audience!
Check out the Countries of Focus here!
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.