Friends and readers (who are friends I just haven’t met yet), I want to do something with you. I want to take you with me as I fly to the literal opposite side of this earth, to Sri Lanka. (Don’t worry. I had to google it, too. It is an island off of the south eastern coast of India. ::the more you know jingle::) I will stomach the international flights and layovers, I will take the vaccines and the precautionary anti-malaria medication, and I will get the passport/visa thing sorted out. You just need to show up here, to this space and that way we can go together. I was thinking next month-ish, I dunno, when works for you? Say, August 24 to September 1?
Good. It’s settled then.
Here’s the why, friends (and it’s a big one): I want to show you what World Vision is doing there. I want to tell the story of what child sponsorship does in the lives of children, and I want you to be a part of it. I want to hug children with your arms. I want to see struggle and hope with your eyes. I want you to come with me. I need you to come with me, or else it wouldn’t be worth it.
Just being there, though, is only part of it. You and me, we are going to see things that will change us. They will change our perception of humanitarian work, of poverty, of what we can actually do about it. So another thing we are going to do together, besides just going, is to have our world rocked in the best possible way. I’m pretty pumped about that part, and I hope you are too.
One thing you can do to prepare (don’t worry, I’ve totally got the packing thing covered for you) is to look at this page of beautiful children in Sri Lanka and get excited to meet them. Search through the children. Look to see if anyone shares the birthday or is the same age as your kiddos at home.
Yep, that little boy’s name is O. I can’t make this stuff up, y’all.
If you are excited to do this together with me, and you have a place to display it, I’d be honored if you put this World Vision banner up where your corner of the interwebs can see it:
O, friends. This is big. Like, God big. Thank you for being in it with me.
I’m so excited to see what He can do through us.