Meet Rebecca Losh!
Rebecca's favorite non-World Vision hobbies include: kayaking, horse-back-riding, and playing board and card games.
Rebecca has been married to her husband for over 30 years. She is a mom of two adult children, whom she stayed at home, raised, and home schooled. Prior to having her children she worked in genetics doing chromosome analysis.
Rebecca, can you tell us how you came to be a CA:
I have been involved with World Vision for about as long as I can remember. I am a second generation child sponsor-- as my parents were sponsoring children through WV as I was growing up. Shortly after getting married, my husband and I started sponsoring. Now our adult kids are child sponsors, too! I had volunteered with WV at events and concerts for many years and realized that the highlight of the event for me was not the concert or speakers but helping to get children sponsored. I had thought about the Child Ambassador position for a long time but the timing didn't seem right in the past. But after my two kids graduated from homeschooling it did seem right, and I joined! I also had a very vivid dream that fueled my passion to help those who cannot help themselves. In my dream, I was in heaven and standing with a large group of people. We were all looking at Jesus and smiling. Then I saw a look of confusion cross my face and I stepped forward and asked Him a question. I said, “Lord, there is something I don’t understand. What about the children; the ones who didn’t have clothes or shelter or food to eat, the ones who starved: why didn’t you provide for them?” The question echoed in the crowd behind me, "Yes, Lord, why"? He gazed out at the crowd with a mix of love, compassion, and sadness in his eyes. Then he looked back at me. He took my face in his hands and He looked deep into my eyes and He gently explained, "My child, when I blessed you with more than you needed, I was inviting you to be my hands and feet. I was offering you a chance to love someone else the way that I had loved you. When I spoke to you about storing up treasures in heaven, this is what I was talking about. When I told you that caring for the least of these was caring for me, this is what I meant. So you see, my child, I did provide all that was needed for the children, but it was up to you to see that they received it." Then a tear ran down my cheek as he kissed my forehead and embraced me in forgiveness.
Rebecca, could you tell us a little bit about your favorite event/favorite sponsorship story as a CA?
My favorite experiences are when something happens that I don't expect or never dreamed of and I kind of feel like I'm just along for the ride. For example, I went to a funeral out-of-state and got last minute reservations at a bed and breakfast that was in a very remote area. We had breakfast with our hosts the next morning and during our conversation, my husband mentioned that I was a CA through WV. Our hostess then told me a story about how she received some money unexpectedly and wanted to share it. A friend had suggested to her that she could sponsor a child. She said she was just waiting for the Lord to give her an opportunity to do so and there I was with children in my purse! Another time, I was donating platelets at the Red Cross when the technician started asking me what I like to do. I shared with her how much fun I was having as a CA and she said, "You know, I would do that (sponsor a child) if I knew they were real." I shared with her my own experiences with sponsorship and took some kids out of my purse. She then took the folders to lunch with her and came back with one filled out. Again, another divinely arranged appointment. Another time, I had presented at a church and a lady came up to me and said, "I don't go to this church. I am just visiting today for the first time, but I have always wanted to sponsor a child and what a coincidence it is that you are here the day I visit." A coincidence? I'd say a God-incidence!
Is there a bit of encouragement you could give to other CA's?
I think we need to look at the no's as planting seeds. For most of the people that actually say 'yes' to child sponsorship, it isn't the first time they have heard of WV or child sponsorship. There had been seeds scattered earlier that had time to take root in their hearts and grow the desire to make a difference in the world. Many people that actually sponsor have commented to me that they have "always wanted to do this" because they saw a presentation at a concert, or someone else they know sponsors, or they heard about it one way or another and didn't do it at the time, but they kept thinking about it. So, even though someone gives you a 'no' this time, be encouraged! You may still have planted a seed in their heart that just needs time to mature. I also think as CAs we need to be particularly open to the Lord's leading and flexible to His plans. When I presented sponsorship at my home church, there was an individual that wasn't really interested in child sponsorship but he wanted to do something. It had always been my husband's dream to build a well in Africa, so we suggested this opportunity to him and he was very excited about it. I was put in touch with a water project in Ethiopia and we started collecting to build a well. When I presented sponsorship at other churches, I also mentioned this opportunity to build a well and found that there is a whole other group of people, (often middle-age to older men) who would never sponsor a child but are very enthusiastic about building a well. One man at a church that I spoke at told me that he had planned to give $1000 toward building a well but was looking for the right organization to do it with. Again, I felt I was right where God wanted me to be. When it was all said and done, we collected and sent $13,785 for the well building project!
You can contact Rebecca via email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Which scripture/quote gives you encouragement in this ministry?
It's actually a song based on scripture by Audio Adrenaline - Kings and Queens
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.