Meet Linda Wajda (that's pronounced Vy-Duh for those of you who may be wondering)!
Linda's favorite non-World Vision hobbies include camping, hiking, and kayaking on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The Wajda family has been camping there for over 10 years! Linda and her college sweetheart, Tom, have been married for over 25 years. Linda has worn many hats in her lifetime. For a time she worked in the banking industry. After that she was a preschool director for 10 years. She is a mom to 3 sons aged 10 to 20. Since the birth of her youngest, she has been a stay-at-home Mom. Her sons (Peter, Michael, and Samuel) frequently help her with World Vision events as honorary child ambassadors. Their family frequently host service dog pups as part of their socialization training through Puppies Behind Bars. They worship at Goodwill Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, NY-- Linda has been instrumental in cultivating a beautiful relationship between World Vision and this body of believers. The Wajdas live just an hour north of the most exciting city in the world: New York City! They enjoy finding inexpensive places to try new ethnic foods. They love exploring new places and discovering all that NYC has to offer, and learning to drive in Manhattan is one of Linda's (a Virginia girl by birth) proudest achievements! She is an avid sports fan and her favorite teams include the Mets, Giants, and her Alma mater the University of Virginia Cavaliers!
Linda became a CA after Dee Billing, a fellow CA and prayer team member, invited her to learn more about the program at an event held in NYC.
Linda, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
When my son Michael was in 4th grade years ago, his 4th grade teacher lost her beloved sister-in-law to cancer. Months later she wanted a way to honor her sister-in-law's memory and I suggested child sponsorship. I called the Help Desk to see if they had a child with the same first name. Out of the thousands of children waiting, only one was named "Noreen". She became the teacher's sponsored child. And as God would have it, the little girl's middle name was "Joy"--so perfect-- a confirmation this sponsorship was truly meant to be.
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
Keep at it! I have had crazy seasons of life where folders have expired before I had new ones. Don't apologize to or hide from your volunteer leader-- it happens to every one of us. Just order new folders-- or ask your leader to help you-- and get back to sharing. This is a shame-free ministry and everyone has crazy seasons of life and everyone hears "No". But God brought you to this for a reason. Trust Him and keep going. That's how you get to "Yes".
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
It's such a good reminder to me that my part is to be ready with materials and ask. God is in charge and He is the one who ultimately completes every sponsorship.
You can reach Linda via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.