Meet Michelle Lazaro!
Her favorite non-World Vision hobbies include traveling and learning languages.
She and her husband, Danny, have been married for 16 years and have a 12 year-old son, Diego. Diego loves baseball and Danny coaches his travel ball team. That keeps them very busy. Michelle has been a Los Angeles Unified School teacher for 20 years and has taught Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades. She LOVES teaching children to read and write. Literacy is one of her passions. Michelle has had the great privilege and honor to have gone on two Vision Trips to get to see WV's work first-hand in the field. She went to Cambodia in 2015 and to Rwanda in the spring of 2017. You should ask her more about those trips. She has a wealth of knowledge and great stories to share.
Michelle, can you tell us about what made you become a CA:
I first sponsored while visiting my friend's church at a Hope Sunday event in 1999. My heart was so moved that I sponsored on the spot. I received an email from WV in 2010 explaining the CA program. When I shared the email with my husband, he was very supportive and excited about this new opportunity for me. He jokingly said, "I hope this doesn't mean that I now have to call you Madam Ambassador."
Tell us about your favorite sponsorship/event you've been a part of:
Every sponsorship is so magical, but I would say, one of my favorites would be when I was miraculously contacted by a small local church to speak at a mission's Sunday event. The pastor is from India, loved WV, and was very familiar with our work in India. He shared several stories about the transformed lives he'd seen in India. He asked that a photo card be passed out to everyone in the congregation (about 35 people) and asked us all to stand up with our photo cards while he prayed over them. He said in part, "Lord in our hands we hold the future leaders of the nations, the future pastors, teachers, doctors, etc." Due to his support, and of our course the leading of God's Spirit, 14 children were sponsored that day in that tiny church.
What is one bit of encouragement you would give to new CAs:
I would just say to "welcome your no's" by knowing that about 1 person out of every 9 you share with (face-to-face) will sponsor. So be encouraged that each "no" you receive is one person closer to a sponsorship.
What is your favorite scripture or quote for your ministry?
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11
I put this in my heart for all my potential sponsored children and know that the Lord wants them sponsored even more than I do. I ask Him to send people to me so that I can plant seeds and hopefully get to harvest sometimes.
You can reach Michelle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.