Aug 21 2013

Death to Despair

Few things weigh you down more than despair and a complete lack of hope. Walking along the streets of Bangkok, we have certainly seen the face of despair. Bangkok is a city of 12 million, many of whom, make less a day than what minimum wage pays in an hour in the United States.   

Hope’s enemy is despair, it is described as “The complete loss or absence of hope,” whereas, Webster’s defines hope as, “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”  

Today in Bangkok, we saw despair delivered a deathblow because of what World Vision is doing through people just like you and me, people who care about others the way that Jesus commanded us too, “loving the least of these.” Child sponsorship is not only transforming these children’s lives, but the lives of their families and their communities.  

Today in Bangkok, we met families whose entire lives have been transformed because of sponsorship.  They still have very little, but they are managing to live off the little they have.  They have hope now, because they realize that for the first time in their family’s history, their children, by getting an education, can break the bonds of poverty.  The kids dream about college and becoming teachers, engineers and fashion designers.

World Vision is also bringing these different families together, and now they are caring for one another. When they see another family in need, they give whatever they can to help, and they don’t have much. Most of the parents that we met work 20 hours a day to bring home between $5-10, but they give anyway.  All because World Vision sponsors have taught them how powerful giving to and caring for others can be.  They have learned that hope changes EVERYTHING!

Seeing their love and care for one another has been humbling. If we, as Christians, were as generous, we could eradicate hunger and poverty around the World, and why wait for tomorrow?  There are kids, families and communities, just like this one, in need of hope today!  As Christians, we are called to be “the light of the world”, to be Christ’s ambassadors in the world.  You can bring hope to these families for about a dollar a day, such a small price to change the life of a child, their family and their community. Be 1 of the 1,000 this month to share Love Around The World and sponsor a World Vision child TODAY!

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. 

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Praying Every Stitch
Jan 27 2012

Praying Every Stitch

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1/27/2012 1:43:06 PM
Jane United States
Jane
Scott you just gave a quote about losing your direction and I missed the last part of it, but would like to know what you said because I liked what I heard.  Thanks, Jane
1/27/2012 2:54:03 PM
Amber United States
Amber
I just wanted to let you know that I have also been inspired to learn to knit =}
I absolutely love you two and love hearing your stories. Thank you so much for being there for me. I have had some of my prayers answered through KLove. Today on my way home from work I was finally told what my purpose here is. He said "Amber, you are a helper!" It was that simple and that direct and it made complete sense. I haven't been this happy and had this much energy in what seems like forever. mmmmuah...love you guys =}
1/27/2012 3:04:19 PM
Kathy United States
Kathy
Hi Scott, I am getting a group of women together yo knit hats and blankets for your trip.  When do you need them and where do we send them?
Thank you for spreading the love!
1/27/2012 3:11:45 PM
Noah United States
Noah
http://youtu.be/iGeFjMdODkg

hey scott and kelli in 16 this has nothing to do with your tweets im sorry but this is me rapping to where'd you go im a christian rapper in miamisburg thank you and god bless
1/27/2012 3:50:14 PM
Brett Clark Australia
Brett Clark
I love seeing a lady wearing a high heal.  Ladies they are worth it and they will damage your foot.  What to do?
1/27/2012 3:52:11 PM
Maria United States
Maria
My son and I want to know if crocheted hats are accetable, we already know how to crochet, and if so where do we sent them.  Any other requirements.  
1/27/2012 4:28:41 PM
Sandra Renshaw United States
Sandra Renshaw
I'm in Gilbert, AZ, where can I drop off Donations?
1/28/2012 2:26:40 PM
Sharon United States
Sharon
I just heard about making hats and blankets and i am SO excited! When my oldest son was not quite 3 he used to wake me up in the middle of the night for a kiss. So I crocheted him a blanket and told him I put a kiss for him in every knot so if he woke up needing a kiss he could rub his blanket on his face and get one. You see, I had an infant and sleep was ever precious. When my youngest got a bit older he too wanted a "kissy blanket.". Now, when friends have babies I crochet them a blanket and tell my friends as they open their handmade gift that each knot is representative of a prayer that has been lifted for their child and their family. I CANNOT wait for to get to the store to get some yarn so that I can pray a prayer with each and every knot for a precious child in a far away place. I pray someday God allows me to meet the family that will receive the blanket Prayerfully and lovingly constructed by my hands. Nothing like being the hands of Christ and loving someone into His arms!  Thank you for the opportunity!
1/28/2012 7:36:32 PM
Ally United States
Ally
I would like to do Praying Every Stitch. When do I need to send it in? And where?
1/29/2012 1:05:44 PM
Susan Anderson United States
Susan Anderson
Scott,
I am so thrilled K-Love has joined CURE to do this. My daughter graduated from Messiah College this past August and turned 21 on Aug 23. She  had never really bee outside the US but felt it was her calling to go to Malawi to work for 1 year with CURE as a CURE kids coordinator. We had never before heard of CURE but since have beconme strong supporter of their works. I don't know how to knit but my sister who is totally blind knits beautifully and is in production mode to make hat for the children of Aghanistan. I pray you have a safe and blessed trip.
Your friend in Christ, Susan
1/30/2012 5:49:31 AM
Jackie United States
Jackie
Heard about this awesome ministry opportunity last week.  We have a women's ministry in our church with several very talented ladies.  I would like to share this idea (with more information) at our next meeting.  It's a "Craft & Crop" Night.  I personally do not know how to knit, but would love to learn how!  This will be a great night to learn and pray together!  Please send me some information that I can share with our ladies!  Praying for you as you share the love of Jesus!
1/30/2012 12:57:31 PM
Alisa United States
Alisa
What was the scripture reference in Psalms that Scott shared earlier?
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