Why we choose World Vision:
Here are a few images from when we were in St. Lucia last year, we packed an extra suitcase full of goodies for an orphanage I had contacted prior to leaving the states and getting to know what their needs were. Packing a fifty pound suitcase of toys, shoes, undies, diapers, lotions (specific request from the orphanage) as well as coloring books, pencils and other schools supplies was so humbling, but what made me so excited was walking through the airport knowing that all of these items were for kiddos that were in need of basic necessities that we take for granted daily.
When we got there and spent time with the kiddos my heart was so full of love for them. Right away we walked up and a little girl introduced herself and gave me a hug asking if I would hold her. Another little girl right away chimed in asking if she could do my hair. The boys were busy with a new ball we had brought while the baby crawled around sipping on her bottle and handing me building blocks. As we sat there and played for awhile, I realized that these kids were happy, they didn't realize what poverty felt like because to them, they had everything they could want or need. They didn't realize that a house without a properly closing front door wasn't normal, they've always slept with mosquito nets over their beds, and they think that rice everyday is good because it's food that fills them up. While spending time with these orphans I felt really humbled that they opened their arms so willingly to strangers, they loved new friends to play with and the little girl who asked me to hold her eventually fell asleep in my lap while I held her close, silently saying prayers to the Lord for each and every one of them by name.
Being blessed with more than enough in my life is something I am so grateful for and I try my best to give to those who aren't as fortunate. Through the years I've realized that life is less about the amount of "things" we have and more about the experiences we get to enjoy.
"Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." - Deuteronomy 15:10