Meet Courtney Crowder.
Courtney is a native New Englander. She has lived in New Hampshire for 16 years. Prior to that she spent nearly a decade in the Midwest. She has been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years and they have four children ages 10-18. She has worked as a 1st grade teacher and children's ministry director. Her hobbies are singing, performing, leading worship, and watching more TV than she cares to admit!
She has been a sponsor on and off since college. She became a CA about 5 years ago at the prompting of her then 7 year old daughter. They had been sponsoring the same little boy for about 6 years when their oldest daughter was involved in fundraising for the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. Her first grader brought a jar into class and asked her classmates for spare change to help another child. She raised $1.30. She prompted their family by saying, "what more can we do?" So, they sponsored a second child. And still she prompted them with, "what more can we do?" After that they sat down as a family and were watching videos, learning about the work WV is doing around the world, when Courtney saw a little tab on the WV website that essentially said, "Want to do more?" She jumped right in with both feet and has been loving the challenge and knowledge that being a Child Ambassador has given her. Bonus points: Courtney was often called "CA" by her family and friends when she was growing up because her full name is Courtney Ann. For her, being a CA was always meant to be!
Courtney, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
My favorite memory of work as a CA has to be my first Hope Sunday at a church. My LT leaders Stu & Celeste drove 2 hours to help me. We had never met. I didn't know what I was doing. And they came and cheered, and coached, and answered questions on the spot. We had an amazing morning and over 50 children were sponsored right then. We chatted like we were long lost friends--and that kind of friendship, connection, and dedication from CA's is not unusual. So, if you've never connected with your LT, reach out to him/her. I know we're all here wanting to be just as supportive and encouraging as Stu & Celeste were for me!
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
I have found Conference to be a priceless way to gain knowledge about the program and gain a sense of community. It may feel like money you should spend on your sponsored child and not on yourself, but it is an investment in your ministry. I think that it is well worth the time, cost, and effort. And it is this community and my CA friendships that often catch me by surprise.
I have been blessed and challenged by my work as a CA. The things I thought I knew about extreme poverty and global development, well, I didn't really know! I have learned a tremendous amount about the work of WV and also our calling as believers.
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:5
You can reach Courtney via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.