Meet Barbara Schellhardt!
Her favorite non-World Vision hobby is reading.
She lives in Edgewater Park, NJ, with her husband, Paul. She has one son, Dan, who is married to Jaime. And she has one daughter, Paula, who is married to Matt. Dan & Jaime have one son, Luke. Paula & Matt have two children, Isabella and Aubrey. She is a stay-at-home Nana to all three of her grandchildren.
She became a CA because sponsoring a child was a life-changing experience for her. She wanted to do more and if she couldn't sponsor them all herself, the next best thing was finding others to join her in sponsorship. She believes that there is no joy like the joy of getting a child sponsored!
Barbara, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
It's a tie. The first is the time I spoke to a group of Girl Scouts. A little girl came up to me with her mom and said she wanted to give part of her allowance each week to sponsor a child. The next day she took her picture folder to school to show her friends. She called me after school and asked me for the names of the other children that needed sponsors because her friends wanted a child too! That really touched my heart. The second happened when I was volunteering at the Women of Faith conference. I was at the table and a woman came up with the picture folder that had been on her seat. She said she had lost a baby and the child's birth-date on the picture folder was her due date. I hugged her, we cried together, and then she sponsored the child.
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Don't give up. It's all in the Lord's timing.
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
God doesn't call us to be successful, He calls us to be faithful. - Mother Teresa
You can reach Barbara via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.