One of my earliest memories is of a little postcard that my mother cherished on her nightstand. “Mommy, is that me?” I said at the age of 3.
“No,” my Mom said.
“But it looks like me,” I continued.
“Yes, it does. This little girl reminds me of you.” mom replied.
The dark honey-colored little girl, with short kinky hair. A big belly and a big smile holding an empty bowl in front of her was a child from Somalia. We looked like we could be twins. The caption above the picture said something like, feed the hungry, save their lives.
My mom, always wanted to end hunger among children, but it was hard for her because she was living in poverty. Despite this, regularly as a family, we collected money to send to needy children in other parts of the world.
This year when I went to the Women of Faith Conference, on every chair was the picture of a different child in need of being sponsored. Luci Swindoll told a moving story about how she didn’t want to sponsor a child, but now sponsors several. In honor of my Mom, I new that the child on my seat would finally receive a sponsor. In honor of my mother, I filled out the sheet and thought, can I really make this commitment? Although I only work part-time, I know without a doubt that I can make $35 extra dollars a month to sponsor a child. I work hard to give my children things that I only dreamed of when I was a kid; in fact, they have too many things. My heart went out for the child whose mother, I am sure, would give him the world if she could.
I also thought about the fact that it was a little boy on my seat. I will probably never have children again, and now, this is a child that my children can learn to love just like he is their brother. Sometimes, we just need to know that we are loved to make it in this world. Even if we are not sure we are loved, it is comforting to know that someone else is thinking of us.
Everyone is called to do different things in life, but we are all called to help others. Serving others in many different capacities helps us just as much as it helps the person or people we think we are assisting. Doing for others is one of the lessons that I want to teach my children, and I have realized that they can only learn from my example. Albert Einstein once said, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”
Can one person make a difference?
Yes. Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
This is not a sponsored post. I am sharing this information in honor of mother and children around the world. Food, water and medicine, should be available to everyone.
Who is World Vision?
“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”
Who Does World Vision Serve?
“Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.”