Aug 21 2013

Education, the Great Equalizer

Potential: “Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.”  Nothing feels quite as good as someone who encourages you because they see potential in you.  When someone sees potential in you, it inspires, it motivates you to try harder, to dream bigger.  It only takes one person to believe in you to fill your sails with wind.  Dr. Leo Buscaglia wrote, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  

You have that potential!  Your sponsorship of a World Vision child unlocks their potential and turns their life around.  While traveling around Bangkok, over and over again we have seen that not only are you unlocking the potential of a child, but the potential their entire family and the community in which they live.  

Sponsorship is more than just helping them with life’s basic necessities like food and clean drinking water, it’s also helping them get an education.  For these kids, education is the great equalizer, it’s the difference maker, that can unlock dreams and helps them come true.  Nelson Mandela said it this way, “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the World.”

We are certainly seeing that here in Thailand, Parichad is now 19 years old, she was sponsored through World Vision from the age of 6, and it has completely transformed her life.  We had the privilege of meeting her, she was a little shy at first, but when talking about her future, she lit up the room.  Her smile beamed as she shared about her college education.  She is studying to be a teacher, and vows that one day she will return to her neighborhood, so that she can help change the life of other kids, who just like her, find themselves void of hope without the love and encouragement child sponsorship offers.

She shared how much hope her sponsor gave her, although she never knew them, she said, “I always worked hard, so that I would make them proud, just like they were her own parents.”  She hopes and prays that you will help children who desperately need to know that someone cares about them.

Without an education, these children have no hope.  Without an education, they are completely vulnerable, and sadly often times victimized, of the 27 million people trafficked in the World and forced into labor, nearly 10 million of them are in this region of southeast Asia.  

Thanks to World Vision’s work in Bangkok, Parichad’s life and future are now full of hope!   Thank you so much for helping change another child’s life today, by investing $35 a month into a child, you are unlocking their potential. 

Aug 20 2013

Scott Playing Takraw and the real impact of supporting a child

As we traverse the globe, our first stop has landed us in Bangkok, where, thanks to your votes, has given me the opportunity to meet Bic, a product of child sponsorship. He taught me, or at least tried to, how to play Takraw, a Thai game that is similar to the American game of "hacky-sac." We also got a chance to sit down with his family and learn about how the impact of World Vision's child sponsorships extends beyond just the life of the child. Learn how to sponsor a child and vote on my next adventure 

Aug 19 2013

I Need A Hero

I need a hero!  In the 80’s, Bonnie Tyler made that plea, she sang, “I need a hero, he’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be larger than life. Somewhere just beyond my reach…There’s someone reaching back for me.”

We all need a hero, for those who are Christians, our hero is Jesus, and what a hero He is… He gave his life to save ours.  It doesn’t get more heroic than that, and our response to his act of heroism is to live a life worthy of His sacrifice.  It isn’t complicated, “Love God and Love others.” 

Being a hero isn’t easy, at times, it requires sacrifice, but those sacrifices always pale in comparison to the reward of changing someone else’s life. In Bangkok, I discovered a new super hero today, her name is Marilyn. She doesn’t fly in an invisible airplane, wear spandex or have any super powers, but she is ever bit the hero.  Marilyn is a World Vision sponsor, and she answered an 8 year old boy’s cry for help!   

Nappadon lives in small house built in a Bangkok alley with seven other people. His family lives off what they make as street vendors, between them, they make about $10 a day.  Trying to imagine how your family would manage on $10 a day is sobering!  Without help, this cycle of poverty is endless. Marilyn’s sponsorship of Nappadon, reaches far beyond his own personal care, but provides hope and opportunity for his family and his community.

What Marilyn has done for Nappadon means so much to him that he has a box filled with all of the letters she sends to him, and he even refers to her as “Grandma Marilyn”.  When she sends him something, he shares it with all of the kids in the neighborhood.  Nappadon loves art, and recently received a box of crayons from Marilyn, which he broke and divided among all of the other kids, so they all had something. He is now finally able to attend school, so that he has hope, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty in his family.

Marilyn is proof that you don’t need a super power to be a super hero, you just need to love someone and care enough to make a difference in their life. There are World Vision kids, just like Nappadon, Holding Out For A Hero…  

You can be their Hero! Thanks for being 1 of 1,000 K-LOVE listeners to share Love Around the World! Sponsor a child today!