Sep 05 2013

Mandisa Shines the Spotlight on "Overcomers"

I am so proud of our friend Mandisa, the former American Idol contestant, and three time Grammy nominee debuted her brand new video for her latest K-LOVE hit 'Overcomer' on ABC's Good Morning America this morning.  In the video Mandisa features overcomes like Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, former Olympic skater Scott Hamilton and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband former astronaut Mark Kelly.

Mandisa says, "When I thought of who has been an example of an overcomer in a very public battle, it is hard to imagine anyone more appropriate than the amazing people in my video."

Gabby Giffords said, "I was really inspired by Mandisa's song 'Overcomer' because it's message is one of hope, perseverance and faith.  We can't always control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we respond.  Like the song says if we keep positive and stay in the fight till the final round; We can overcome more than we ever dreamed possible."

Sep 05 2013

Inspiration for Running a Marathon

I talked with Jenna yesterday about how she is getting ready to run the Chicago Marathon for World vision. Listen as she shares about her sponsorship and how the little girl she is sponsoring keeps her going on these long runs...

I was encouraged yesterday from a friend, who texted me to let me know that we are 13 sponsors away from our goal of having 1000 children sponsored during Love Around The World. I can't tell you how excited I am about that! If you are sponsoring a child, you are making such a difference in the weeks and years ahead for these kids. You are changing their life!

You can't change the world but you can change the world for that one child. If you would like to take Love Around The World visit http://www.worldvision.org/Love-around-the-world.

Sep 03 2013

My Pets Live Better Than Billions of Human Beings

I looked at my Boston Terrier, Boggs, through tears this morning, realizing that he lives better than everyone that I had just met on this journey to take Love Around The World with World Vision. That humbled me to no end.  I love my pets, they don’t eat anything extravagant, go to doggie daycare, or require a whole lot of grooming, but I spend more to feed my pets every day than it costs to sponsor a child through World Vision.

I was sharing this with a friend, who said, “well, my dog is little, I don’t spend more than $40/month to feed her”, and than it hit her, that is more than $35/month that it takes to sponsor a child.  I love our pets, they are wonderful, but I guess what hit me was how I don’t think twice about caring for them, and yet how often do we wrestle with helping a fellow human being in need. 

Last year, $52 billion was spent on our pets… $52 BILLION.

I was in tears because I realized that my dogs live better than the billions we met in every corner of the World.  My pets never want for food, they always are warm, safe and dry, they have clean water, they get medical attention when they need it… Yet billions of kids do not.

I am not asking you to give up your pets, or not care for them… I am just wondering if you wouldn’t help a child whose family lives on less than a $1/day, less than it costs me to feed my pets.  Helping a child through World Vision costs only $35/month, the amount of love, care and hope that World Vision provides to a child for such a small amount of money is AMAZING!  Seeing how child sponsorship transforms these children, their families and the communities that they live in is no less than miraculous.

In James, 1:27 it says,
“Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.”

I love that James doesn’t mince words, describing “religion” that is all talk as “Hot Air”, and in describing “Real Religion.” James describes exactly what I have witnessed World Vision doing around the world...  “Reaching out to the homeless and loveless in their plight”.  I hope that you’ll join us in demonstrating “Real Religion”, religion that passes the “muster of God the Father”.

Help World Vision care for the “least of these”!  Sponsor a child today!