Child Ambassadors from Iowa and Nebraska find joy and encouragement in meeting and serving together!
Contributed by Laura Walls in Meet Other CAs
It all sprang from the first National Child Ambassador Day three years ago. Rebecca Losh, a leadership team member from Council Bluffs, Iowa was getting ready to host her first meeting with child ambassadors in her region. That initial meeting proved so fruitful, the women decided to meet again. And again. And again.
Three years later, they are still getting together monthly to encourage one another, learn together, and plan their next events. Lisa Trummer, who has been with the group since that first meeting three years ago describes why she makes room in her schedule for this time of fellowship. "For me, it’s the glue that keeps me going. It keeps me in the mix so I don’t dry up and not do anything. The meeting forces me to get my focus back (on this ministry)."
They all agreed that the chance to be together monthly makes all the difference. "I might have a month where I might not have talked to that many people," child ambassador, Karen Misiewicz, explains. "But coming together, I don’t have to feel bad about it. I can just come and be welcomed and get going again."
Katie Losh, Rebecca's daughter, says that the biggest benefit to getting together frequently is the encouragement. "We get a lot of no’s and (meeting together) forces us to not give up!"
It's also an opportunity for Judy Van Horn, a brand new child ambassador. "The education is a great benefit. I'm learning how to navigate the websites." Feeling more confident about what resources are available and how to use them makes a big difference!
In addition to meeting monthly, the team also enjoys serving together. One of their favorite events was the Women of Faith conference. Karen described it: "We were like a unit within the bigger group. There’s just something really cool about that. We all had little stories we could share with each other about that one child we got sponsored." The very best part? "It multiplies your experience. We share that same excitement when we see how God works through picture folders and birthdates."
Because of their foundation of friendship, the Child Ambassador Conference in Seattle is looked forward to all year. It's a chance to learn, pray, worship, and make new memories together. But they don't have to wait to experience some of that encouragement and fellowship. For this group, every month is a chance to recharge.
Rebecca Losh explains why the group means so much. "It’s like having a piece of the orange army right here all the time."
Do you wish you could meet with other child ambassadors? Reach out to your leadership team member and see if there are other CAs in your area!!!
"Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer."
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.