Every day, children wait to be sponsored. Every day, we pray for God to raise up like-minded individuals to change the lives of children around the world. And every day, we say a prayer of thanks for our Volunteer Network and the work they do to raise awareness of the need and the great difference a sponsor can make.
Each member of the Volunteer Network has a reason for volunteering. Here are a few of our faithful partners sharing what motivated them to step forward. Aren't their hearts amazing?
I have been a sponsor for 7 years. When the opportunity to volunteer for Mission of Mercy came around, I didn't know if I had much to offer. But I couldn't get away from the firm belief that each of us is presented with opportunities to spread the gospel and this was mine.
Mission of Mercy is a program I completely believe in. The children sponsored get the full benefit of sponsorship. The work done by Mission of Mercy is much larger than any one of us but together each doing their part, great or small, we will accomplish much. And one day when we stand before God I hope to hear, "Well done."
One day in early 2007 while listening to WCLN Christian Radio in Fayetteville, North Carolina, I heard the announcement for a mission trip to Africa with Mission of Mercy. God provided the way and the finances to make it happen. Because of this trip, we sponsored our first child, Mnotfo in Swaziland.
God knew what he was doing in sending me there. Not only has He opened my heart to world mission work, but also to the love of a people, a nation and a continent but mostly a love for children that I never knew I could have. Due to the new heart God gave me and the vision He allowed me to see, I am now part of the volunteer network with Mission of Mercy promoting child sponsorship. Knowing firsthand the impact sponsorship has on a child how could I not make a deeper commitment to the children and this organization?
I can remember the day I first was introduced to Mission of Mercy. I was 13 at the Hills Alive Music Festival. My mother, younger sister and myself found ourselves at the Mission of Mercy booth for hours; each story was overwhelming and heartwarming. My family picked an 8-year-old girl. The letters and photos showed us a girl who had nothing, but always kept God close to her heart.
When I graduated from college and started working and began to receive a real paycheck I knew I wanted to give more. I began sponsoring two young girls about a year ago, and absolutely love it. There letters bring a sense of joy that is so amazing. I am so impressed with them– their devotion to God, their will to survive, and their passion for life.
When I heard about the opportunity to become a volunteer for Mission of Mercy I was determined to take on the challenge. I want to make a difference in the world, not just live in it.
If people only knew the joys of volunteering and sponsoring they would realize what their life has been missing. It is up to us to spread the word and get these kids’ stories heard. I realize it is easier said than done, and it takes time, which most of us have very little of. So I have been adding my joy of sponsorship in everyday ways – pictures at my work cube, small little notes on a restaurant table, a short little blurb in my Christmas letter, my Facebook page. All one has to do is spark an interest, God will help guide them.
Sponsoring a child was one of the best things I've done. For $34 dollars a month I could help share the love of Jesus Christ and help a child at the same time. Even though I am very nervous before I do a presentation, I know the Holy Spirit will give me the words and boldness to face the church. That is the promise Jesus gives us. It is such a joy to serve Mission of Mercy and to know one child matters in the eyes of God.