Often when I speak to short-term mission team members, they share a story of “the one” that captured their heart while serving at a VisionTrust program. Just the other day, a woman who traveled to our newest Learning Center in Peru last fall shared her testimony with me of how a little girl named Deyse inspired her to invite her friends and fellow church members to get involved in sponsoring a child. In my role at VisionTrust, I have the privilege of speaking up for thousands of children, but I believe that God often works through “the one” to inspire us to continue advocating, no matter how difficult or daunting it might be.
This past February, I spent two weeks leading short-term mission teams at the Cruz Blanca Learning Center in Guatemala. While I was there, I spent time with lots of beautiful children—some were boisterous, giggly and outgoing, while others were sweet, shy and reserved. One day, a group of elementary-aged boys from the Learning Center volunteered to go out with the team to help deliver clean water filters to families who participate in the program. With five-gallon plastic buckets, brown boxes containing the delicate clay filters and spigots in hand, we traveled through the windy, dirt streets of Cruz Blanca to make our special deliveries. While we were out on our adventure, a young boy named Marcos joined our unlikely caravan of young Guatemalans and adult Americans.
Friendly and sweet-natured, Marcos told me that his family works in agriculture, and he was eager to point out the different herbs, vegetables, and fruits growing throughout the town. Not only did he share the words in Spanish, but also taught me how to say them in their native language of Cakchiquel. I must admit, the Cakchiquel was really tough to learn, but he was a patient teacher and didn’t seem to mind one bit that I needed a word repeated over and over until I could get it just right. The next day, Marcos showed up at the Learning Center and helped me paint one of the classrooms for several hours in the afternoon. He worked diligently and quietly, shooting me a shy smile from time to time as he worked. Later on, I asked one of the Learning Center staff members who his sponsor was, and it was at that moment that I found out he wasn’t in the program. He just knew the other children who were a part of the program and wanted to help out.
For me, Marcos is “the one.” His servanthood, friendly presence, and sweet demeanor touched my heart in a profound way and I find myself thinking about him often since my return home. The Cruz Blanca Learning Center is currently serving close to 400 children, and our Country Director has a vision to serve 1000 children at that very program. Just like Marcos, there are hundreds of children that have not yet had the privilege of being a part of the Learning Center, and meeting this kind-hearted boy reaffirmed my commitment and my passion for speaking up for children who desperately need to be given hope of a better future.
Will you consider becoming a sponsor? If you currently are a sponsor, will you invite someone to join you? There are so many children who are hoping for a sponsor and you may very well be “the one” for which they’ve been waiting! visiontrust.org/sponsor