Meet Cynthia Wellington.
Cynthia's favorite non-World Vision hobbies include travel, painting, and reading non-fiction.
Cynthia has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, and California. Cynthia is married and has 5 children whose ages span from age 8 to 35. She and her husband are also proud grandparents to 3 grandchildren ages 11, 8, and 7. Their three youngest children came to their family after they decided to foster-adopt. Cynthia has Bachelors and Master degrees in Architecture. She is currently a stay-at-home mom.
Cynthia became a CA during a time of transition in her life. At that time the family was deciding to move back to California from Ohio, her youngest was in Kindergarten, and she’d just finished a Bible Study that challenged Christians roles as disciples for Christ. Cynthia prayed for direction from God in how to best follow Him and the very next day she received an email from World Vision inviting her to join the Child Ambassador team. She did, and as they say, the rest is history!
Cynthia, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
I have a few favorite stories of finding sponsorships, but my favorites are always when I get to help a child choose a child. Once a boy even cried after he read the bio on the picture folder and said to his parents, “How can we NOT help him?”
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
After I got my CA welcome packet, I thought, “What now?” I felt like a lost sheep and I was overwhelmed. So I started small. At first I shared with my best friend about what I was starting to do. I also asked if she would help me spread the word and pray for these two little children to find sponsors. A week later, she called me back and said that she’d talked with her husband and they would sponsor the little girl from India. After that, I volunteered at a concert which gave me more experience with sharing sponsorship and answering questions. Shortly after that we moved back to California. My church here along with my Team Leader helped me along to gain more knowledge about World Vision and be prepared to make presentations. What I’m saying is it's important to try different venues, different techniques, get some knowledge under your belt, and always pray.
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.