Small Acts, Big Difference

An inside look at some of World Vision's work

I was the wise age of 16 when I decided to bring World Vision’s “30-Hour Famine” to Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. I asked a fabulous counselor at the YMCA to be my “adult sponsor” and organized about 50 kids to sleepover at the YMCA for 1 night and – you guessed it – not eat for a full 30 hours in order to raise money and shed some light on what it feels like to go hungry. I then wrote an essay and eventually won a contest sponsored by World Vision where they brought three teenagers to Mozambique, Africa for 10 days to see the type of work our efforts helped and to get a glimpse of what life was like outside of the “white house with a picket fence, dog and 2.5 kids” with which we were raised.

The experience was life-changing to say the very least. I arrived as a smug 16-year-old who thought “roughing it” entailed eating McDonald’s while camping. I left a young woman with a bigger heart and a better understanding of the word “empathy” than I could ever hope to comprehend. World Vision took us to various hospitals, schools, farms and living communities to give us a glimpse of daily life for the people they were helping. We saw a food distribution take place that will forever be seared in my memory…families lining up for a liter of oil, a gallon of rice and two cups of beans. This food was to sustain them for an entire month, though the lesson that World Vision taught me at such a young age was not how to feed people, but how to teach people to feed themselves. For a country that was ravaged in a 16-year civil war that left their lands and their people profusely maimed, World Vision provided farming equipment and training on how to get back on their feet and start holding their heads high once again.

I could go on and on about the amazing changes World Vision has made over the last 60+ years since it was founded by a doctor who was heartbroken over one particular orphan he encountered in China. His message and determination brings us here today…it’s far too overwhelming to consider helping the entire world with one donation…but just think about the one child…the one family…the one meal you can provide to someone in need. I love that Plum District has made such a grand commitment to helping us help others. I hope you will do the same.


See what World Vision is doing now: http://www.worldvision.org/

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