worldvisionI’m exhausted. I can’t even describe to you how tired I am. I hurt. I ache. That’s what not eating for 30 hours and only sleeping for about 6 of those hours will do to you. But it was totally worth it.

When all the donations come in, my youth group should have raised just over $1000. Doesn’t sound like much, I know. But through World Vision, $1000 is basically enough to provide food, clean drinking water, vaccinations, education, and an opportunity to hear the Gospel for 3 needy children for one year. It’s enough money to save 3 lives for one year.

World Vision was founded in 1951 by Robert Pierce. As the story goes, he was visiting South Korea and saw a baby that had been left on the steps of an orphanage. He picked up the child and knocked on the door. When the matron answered he handed her the baby and  told her, “This baby was left on your steps. It has no home, no food, no hope. What are you going to do about it?” The matron handed him back the baby and said, “Sir, I only receive one bowl of rice per day, and I already share it with six children here. What are you going to do about it?” Convicted, Pierce handed her the baby and all the money in his wallet, telling her, “When I get back to America, I will send you more money to take care of these kids.” And he did. And he got his friends to do the same. And over the last 55+ years, World Vision has grown to an international ministry that meets the needs of hundreds of thousands on a daily basis and is still growing.

If you’ve never looked into it, please check out Prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. For as little as $30 per month, you can save a life and create an opportunity for a child to hear the Gospel. Jesus commanded his followers to go into all the world and minister to people. Most of us can’t afford to travel and do mission work around the world, but nearly all of us can afford to cut $30 a month out of our budgets, even in today’s economic conditions.

Our group’s goal was $1080. With that we can save 3 lives for the next year. I have never been so happy to be tired and hungry.



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