It’s a fun time of year for me as a World Vision sponsor, as annual progress reports have begun arriving in the mail. I’ve recently received two new reports for children in Romania. Below are the photos I received with those reports.
Friday night, I had the privilege of volunteering at a Compassion table at the Michael W. Smith concert in Tucson, Ariz.
It was my first time volunteering, and my son and good friend went with me. It was an awesome experience!
Five children were sponsored before the concert even began, and at the last count toward the end of the evening, 75 children had new sponsors.
It was a blessing to me to see the emotion in new sponsors’ faces as they took that step of faith and chose to change a child’s life. I knew the incredible journey they were about to experience, so it was easy to share that emotion with them.
World Vision sends out wonderful progress reports to sponsors annually, and I received my first one for this year today!
This one is from the boy I sponsor in Albania. It’s folded into thirds, and when opened, is filled with colorful artwork and lists meant to let you get to know your child better.
There are things like the child’s nickname, grade, favorite subject and best friend’s name. Also included are areas to fill in the child’s health condition, and what World Vision has done to help the child if he has a health issue.
My favorite lists come later. One is titled “The animal that best represents me.” My boy chose tiger “because it’s beautiful and strong.”
Another says, “I was very happy when.” My boy checked the boxes next to “I received a letter/gift from you” and “You said I love you.”
It is with the progress reports that sponsors receive an updated photo of their child as well, and it is fun to see how he has grown since his last photo.
I guess for a while I’ll be stalking the mailbox not only for letters, but also more progress reports!