Sponsorship and faith: one life, one child at a time

World Vision faith and development specialist Kathleen Flores examines Jesus’ mandate of servant leadership within the context of child sponsorship.

“After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, ‘What were you discussing out on the road?’  But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’” - Mark 9:33-37

World Vision is one of the largest Christian humanitarian organisations in the world. We are in more than 90 countries, have over 44,000 employees, our supporters sponsor more than three million children and we operate with a gross revenue of over one billion dollars. Do these facts, in of themselves, define greatness? By the world’s standard – that equates great size with great value –  we could say yes but is it the world’s standard that we seek?

In truth, what makes World Vision great is our focus on reaching out and caring for the most vulnerable children. Jesus taught that to have a servant’s heart, we must be willing not to be great, or first, but to reach out and help those who are most vulnerable.

World Vision’s child sponsorship program provides the outlet to help the most vulnerable children around the world. Donors are connected to children in need through the funds and resources they send. World Vision staff and volunteers, using the donor contributions, then become the hands and feet of Jesus in providing necessary resources to support children in need.

We have the blessed opportunity to help our donors and partners experience the wonder and joy that comes in welcoming children through our sponsorship ministry. Through sponsorship, children’s lives are being changed in immeasurable, transformative ways. Will you join us in this great work?

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