Meet Luis Javier Diaz, but his friends call him Javy and he says you can him Javy, too!
His favorite non-World Vision hobby is photography. For Javy it started out as a hobby, evolved into a passion, and eventually became a profession! His love for photography was born when his dad bought him his first camera before they left on their first and only family trip to the island of Puerto Rico. He quickly fell in love with the camera, what it could do to capture a moment in time, create a memory, and make a moment last forever.
He is the youngest of two. His parents met when his father was a missionary to Mexico. They fell in love and soon married-- returning back to the small farm-centric town of Vineland, NJ. Javy and his brother were PKs (pastor’s kids). His dad would retire after 45 years of total ministry. His mother was a loving, devoted caretaker, and God-fearing woman. She passed away 2 years ago, but Javy knows that she would be incredibly proud of the work he is doing with World Vision because she was passionate about children, and raising them to have brighter futures than they would otherwise. Because that’s what she did for her children.
In 2007, Javy started a new job at a unique company called KELLY. While working there, he became acquainted with a man by the name of Steve Krentel- a WV staff member who shared their model, but more importantly, how to become involved through KELLY. Steve left a book with Javy called “Tapestry of Life.” This book would have an enormous impact on Javy's life. Shortly thereafter, he sponsored his first child, Irene, who shares a birthday and name with his mother. Fast forward to 2016, when his CEO, Frank Kelly III, asked him if he would like to go on a trip to Africa. He wanted to but was hesitant. His bride, Sarah, had just given birth to their son, Gideon. If he were to go Sarah would be left at home with Gideon (three months), Shiloh (two years), and Ezra (four years). Through God’s providence, they were able to secure everything they needed to make the trip a reality. Javy says his life will never be the same. Upon his return he knew that he had to do more than sponsor. He knew that he wanted to be a multiplier. Robin, one of the WV staff on the Vision Trip, and he would talk about this more as the weeks went on. Eventually she said, “I have been thinking and praying for God to reveal a path for you to engage with WV at a deeper level. I sensed that I should share with you a World Vision program called Child Ambassadors.” That was it. That night he went home, talked it over Sarah, and together they agreed to go on this journey.
Javy, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
Every year at KELLY we host a company meeting – all 470+ of us come together, share breakfast, and hear about what’s next. We discuss goals & such. One goal set forth this year was a 1-day challenge. “People of KELLY, we want you to sponsor 50 kids today” said our CEO. It was during this time, that ambassadorship became real. Robin and I set off to work, and a few hours later, we had 56 kids signed up. I was over the moon – 56 kids would forever be changed because of my fellow coworkers at KELLY and the vision of our CEO. This isn’t the highlight though, but only the setup. You see, I shared my sponsorship story with a friend and coworker of mine, Shaun. I told him about how I picked my first child, Irene, because she shared a name and a birthday with my late mother. Almost two months later he walks up to me as says, “I have some good news…I’ve decided to sponsor a little girl in Uganda. Her name is Irene.” I almost lost it. I thanked him and from then on, I have never underestimated the power of a witness, the relevance of our own sponsorship story, and the faithfulness of God to draw hearts near when we simply move in faith.
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Very simply, don’t give up. We serve an amazing God who speaks repeatedly about caring for the poor. And He’s called us to do it. We are not in this alone. Not only do we have the support of a local and national team with worldwide resources, we also have the creator of the universe ON OUR SIDE. He wants to see us succeed and He will always make a way when we make ourselves available. Don’t give up. Stay available.
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice, when He could do something about it.”
“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”
“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” - Anonymous
"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them." - Isaiah 41:17
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" - Isaiah 58:6-7
You can reach Javy via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.