Meet Jim Naugle.
His favorite non-World Vision hobby is competing in trivia contests and games.
Jim and his wife, Jean, have been married over 27 years. They have three children: Joanna, 25, is a film editor based in Brooklyn. Andrew, 23, is also in Brooklyn and he works on film sets on electrical and gaffer duties. Rachel, 20 is a junior at George Washington University studying Human Services and Social Justice. Jim & Jean are both home care physical therapists in the central New Jersey area.
The Naugles had been sponsors for several years when they had a "chance encounter" with Mary Ellen Robeson-- our former Program Director. Jim was wearing a World Vision T-shirt that he had received at a Casting Crowns concert and she suggested that he should look into becoming a Child Ambassador. He checked it out and has never looked back.
Jim, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
One of the most moving moments occurred before volunteering at a Joel Osteen event at Yankee Stadium. During our preparation, we got to meet a former sponsor-child from Guatemala whose life had been changed by World Vision. He thanked us all and didn’t leave until he had a chance to shake everyone’s hand in the room. It was very moving and I carry that story with me as I share sponsorship in my ministry.
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Just keep asking! Even if you don’t get an immediate sponsorship, people begin to realize that you have a heart for helping these children and people remember this. You may be surprised when weeks, months, or even years later someone approaches you to ask about sponsorship.
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
Right now it’s John 21:1-6. This scripture tells us the story of how the disciples had been fishing all night without any luck. Jesus appeared and said “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” With that, they had more fish than they could handle. In our ministry, we may have “dry times" when we’re not getting many children sponsored. Jesus suggests we try another approach, throw our net from the other side of the boat. Maybe we should refocus our efforts away from trying to get that church to allow us to talk and instead get a table at a local flea market. Maybe we should make some one on one asks if we aren’t having any luck with a Facebook appeal. We have to be ready to try something different, think outside of the box a little, and we just may have a catch that is nearly more than we can handle!
You can reach Jim via email here: email@example.com
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