Meet Cheryl Tedder!
Her favorite non-World Vision hobby is playing the violin.
She and her husband, Gary, are now retired and live in Indianapolis near their son and four grandchildren.
Cheryl began volunteering with World Vision in the latter part of 2004 when she lived in New Jersey. The Tedders became sponsors in 2005 when Cheryl's heart was touched by the stories of poverty that she had been learning about through her work with World Vision. Her first sponsored child, Irene, from Rwanda, was 9 years old and not able to attend school because her parents could not afford tuition. They exchanged letters and she got to know Irene and a love grew between them. In 2008, Cheryl was able to visit Irene in Rwanda with World Vision. It was definitely a highlight of her life! She says that Irene inspires her! Irene is now 19 years old, finishing her high school studies, and looking forward to college-- where she hopes to study to become a doctor. Her community is almost self-sufficient. Cheryl has been in this relationship for the long-haul and she has seen first hand that sponsorship changes lives.
Cheryl, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
My all time favorite event was a birthday party given by a woman who invited many of her co-workers in the medical field to bring their checkbooks and give back to those in Africa (her homeland) who were struggling to exist. She prepared a dinner and even rented a place to hold it. I was a little nervous to do this by myself so I asked my dear friend, Linda Wajda, who is also a CA and member of the leadership team, if she would help. We did a power point presentation with the help of our husbands and it turned out great! God was in control. Little did we know that these people would have such big hearts for the poor in Africa. Our hearts were overflowing with joy as we signed people up to be sponsors and collected money from others who wanted to donate.
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Try the buddy system like Linda and I did! We all get nervous. Having a buddy helped me to be more confident. Sharing the load with someone else made a big undertaking seem so much more attainable. And the best part? Linda and I are great friends now! CA's are some of the greatest friends you will ever have. Find a buddy and share the journey with him or her.
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:35-40
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.