An Invitation and Challenge to Theoblogy Readers

As I announced recently, I’m going to Sri Lanka next month with World Vision. It will be a trip both exciting and sobering, as I join a half-dozen bloggers to see the work that World Vision is doing among the desperately poor.

Among World Vision’s most successful programs is its Child Sponsorship program. I last sponsored a child from 2005-2007 in Peru, and I had the great privilege of meeting that child during a trip there.

Yesterday, I took the plunge again, sponsoring Afra in Sri Lanka. For $35/month, Courtney and I will be sponsoring education and wellness programs in her village. She is one week older than my youngest child, so charting her development as a young woman will be fun for all of us.

I’d like you to join me.

If you CLICK HERE, you, too, can sponsor a child in Sri Lanka. In fact, World Vision will attempt to arrange a meeting between me and your child in Sri Lanka. If I do get to meet your child, I’ll give them a gift and post a photo here on the blog. (World Vision can’t guarantee these meetings, but they’ll do their best!)

For a lot of us, times are tight. I know it. They’re tight for us as well. But I ask you to consider child sponsorship as past of your giving life. Plus, maybe we can redeem all of this blog reading and writing we’ve been doing for the past few years!

Honestly, I appreciate the community of readers that this blog engenders. I’d love to see some of us pitch in together on something like this.

If you do sponsor a child, World Vision will notify me, but I’d also love it if you left a comment with you child’s name.


Going to Sri Lanka

Back in my youth ministry days, I took several trips to Peru. There, I visited the World Vision ADP (Area Development Project) in the Quiquijana district outside of Peru. They were amazing and life-changing trips, especially because I got to meet a boy that I had been sponsoring for years.

That boy grew up, and I let my World Vision sponsorship lapse.

Well, next month I’ll be joining a group of bloggers to visit World Vision sites around Sri Lanka.It’ll be great to meet these fellow bloggers and to travel halfway around the world. But, best of all, it will be a great opportunity to get back in touch with the amazing work that World Vision does.

In coming days, I’ll offer you, dear readers, a chance to sponsor a child. I’m going to sponsor one — one that I hope to meet. And WV is going to attempt to coordinate me meeting your sponsor children, too.

So watch this space for announcements. And, if you’re the praying type, please offer one up for me and my fellow travelers. We depart in a month.