Karen teaches has been involved in kids ministry for the last 4 years. She has made the closest friendships ever had through her church and my small group. She has even become a women's bible studies leader.
The Trumbo family sponsors 3 children: a girl in Uganda was their first. Like all second sponsorships tend to be, her next child wasn't planned. She was checking her CA sponsorship link to send to a friend a beauty from Bolivia named Mariel appeared on her phone screen. She couldn't resist because this little girl and her daughter share the same name-- albeit with slightly different spelling. Their third sponsorship was just recently, in light of the East Africa famine. They found a boy named Henry who loves to draw. Karen's husband is also named Henry and has always loved to draw. It is still a favorite hobby of his, so this was the perfect choice for them!
What made you become a CA: I had been sponsoring a girl in Uganda when I got an email about volunteering for WV at a Harlem Globetrotters game. I realized how much I enjoyed helping others connect with a child. Following the game, I got an email about becoming a CA and I applied. I didn't know much about what it meant to be a CA at first since my introduction to it was through an event WV sponsored. Taking the next step to find connections on my own was a big jump for me.
Favorite sponsorship/event story: My 6K was a pivotal point in my ministry. I had a very slow start to being a CA. Rejection froze with me fear time and time again. Then my heart would break again to a point that moved me to action again. When the 6K opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to be a host site leader not really expected much of a turn out. Without church support (which I felt was crucial to success at the time), my husband and I worked together to grow a team of 75 people, raised over $5000 and celebrated 3 new sponsorships as a result.
One bit of encouragement you would give to new CAs: Being a CA is hard. Most will face more rejection than acceptance. Remember why you are doing it and keep moving forward. When you are frozen with fear, like I was so many times, reach out to another CA, a team lead or Megan. I wasn't plugged into the relationships with other CAs until recently and it makes a difference. Knowing others are out there who have the same heart as you and face the same struggles is important.
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favorite scripture or quote for the ministry Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.