World Vision is the Best Kind of Vision

My husband and I recently attended the annual World Vision For Every Child Conference in Chicago. It was our third conference and still we learned so much about this organization’s depth of commitment and holistic, sustainable approach to helping the world’s poor.

We were emotional when Andrew, a man from Rwanda, told his story of forgiveness and reconciliation. His family had been murdered in part by his childhood friend, Callixte, during the genocide of 1994. With World Vision’s help, the community has been working through the pain to reconcile former enemies. Callixte had spent 16 years in prison for his deeds. He was unable to be present, but if you watch this video, you will know why Andrew was happy to take the gift of a brand new guitar home to his once-again friend. http://www.wvi.org/rwanda/video/their-own-words Though he spoke through an interpreter, his final word to us was amazing: “Forgiveness is powerful.”

We were inspired by the giving stories of other members of the National Leadership Council, who, after witnessing the work of World Vision on various “vision trips” were moved to give significantly, even to offering large matching gifts to help the For Every Child campaign reach its goals.

I attended a break-out session on health and learned about innovative ways World Vision is helping people with issues of child malnourishment and maternal health. They are training individuals in the community to screen others for serious illness and malnutrition and offer ground level advice to families.  Community Health Care workers, like Justus, are proud to help and continue to learn basic health principles and then share them with others.   http://vimeo.com/92550415  

There is a new water pump innovation that will allow water to be pumped from up to three times the depth of the current pump technology. This will greatly enhance World Vision’s ability to provide clean water to those in need.

Dr. Allgood, President of World Vision Water, told us that a typical village in Africa can solve its water needs with two deep wells, at about $15,000 each. We would like to raise enough for one village with your help. http://www.worldvisionwater.org    What do you say? Will you help us give the gift of water to a village in Zambia?

                                                                        

Deep Well, No Bucket

Our sermon today at Munholland Church was entitled, “Beside a Deep Well, With No Bucket.”  Gene Finnell’s sermon was based on scripture from John 4 in which  Jesus meets a woman at a well in Samaria.  He is thirsty, but the well is deep and he has no bucket.

As you probably know, by the end of the story, Jesus has identified the woman’s deep thirst and offered her an endless, satisfying stream of living water.

During this sermon, I couldn’t stop thinking about the millions of children who are thirsty for clean water, and the well is deep – or non-existent – and they have no bucket, or only a Gerry Can with which to collect muddy water from a stagnant pond.   Like Jesus, those children are simply asking for a drink of clean water.  And like the woman at the well, we are thirsty, too. We have clean water, but a deeper thirst.  We can give others the clean water – by giving the money that World Vision will use to drill the wells – but even more than that, we can satisfy our thirst for a meaningful life.  In giving just a cup of cold water to one of these thirsty children, it is as if we are giving it to Jesus himself.

Satisfaction comes with giving.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the world, World Vision is a great way to start.  There are many options from sponsoring a child, to sponsoring an entrepreneur, to supporting innovation or child protection or water.  But to make a really big impact, consider a gift to the For Every Child Campaign, a $500 million drive over five years to put a major dent in global poverty.

Check it out at www.worldvision.org   or leave a comment and I will get you more information.

There is plenty of water for all the children.

Deep well, no bucket.