Meet Paula Hemphill.
Her favorite non-World Vision hobbies include: a love for travel and a serious case of wanderlust; she loves to spend time with friends and family; she loves to entertain people in her Nashville home for an evening or for a week-- having people there makes her heart happy; she's a die-hard New England sports gal-- loves her Pats and Sox the best, but she cheers for the Celtics and Bruins when the playoffs roll around; she's a yankee girl living in a southern world-- and she thinks it's exactly how it was always meant to be; her favorite thing to do is to cross things off her bucket list. She's been crossing one thing a month off of her list this year-- living what she likes to call the #YearOfTheBucketList because life is for living! Why put off things you could do right now?!
She became a CA in 2010 because World Vision was the brightest joy in her life and she wanted to work for them (she also chuckles when she remembers that God asked/insisted she join). She determined that being on the WV payroll was not necessary, and she signed up to be a CA! She says it was one of the very best and most terrifying decisions of her life. She's so happy to be here now. She loves being part of this team. It's been said that we are a small orange army, and Paula agrees. She has made some of her dearest friends doing this work and she is forever grateful for the opportunity to be on this team.
Paula, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
My favorite sponsorship story ever is about this guy from East Tennessee. He was on a mission-- looking for a child with a very specific birthday. I didn't know if we would have one with that date, but the very last one in my hands was the exact date he wanted. He was so busy filling out the payment info and getting everything down properly that he was unaware that his child was a girl. We both had looked at the little kid from Africa and saw the short hair and assumed it was a boy. I said to him, "God bless and enjoy your little guy... Oh! I'm sorry. I mean little girl!" and he said, "It's a girl?" and we both looked closer... I watched his world fall completely apart as he looked at his new "daughter" for the first time. It's not often you get to watch the exact second a person falls in love, but I got to see it that day and it changed something inside of me. That was over 5 years ago. I still remember so vividly the look on his face. I mean, how do you forget something like that?
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Pray first. This is something I'm learning even still. Remember your job isn't to incline hearts to sponsor, but just to ask boldly. The results are on God. And remember that you are enough. You are. No matter what you feel. You are enough. And God chose you for this. Could He have chosen someone else? Yes. But He chose you. Feel special. Because you are!
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
"Don't call it ministry today, just call it Tuesday. God gives His own names to what we do." - Bob Goff, Love Does
You can reach Paula via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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