After reading “A Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns, I was struck that even the director of World Vision struggles to remember the plight of the poor when the routine of American life kicks in. When we take a mission trip and see with our own eyes, or read the staggering statistics that 26,000 children die every day of preventable diseases, our awareness of the world’s poverty heightens.
Yet often we can ease back into our life of kids, bills, local ministries, and fail to remember those 26,000 children who suffer unseen. This website is an attempt to keep the needy of the world from falling off our radar.
Here is how we hope you will use it:
- Sign up to receive a weekly email by subscribing to this site.
- Then read the real story of a child across the globe to your family. Learn about their home, education, culture, and challenges. It can be a weekly dinnertime story, bedtime story, or morning activity.
- As God leads, we pray you and your children will find this tool a catalyst to remember and get more involved in actively helping the poor through prayer, giving, and creative projects that you or your children might be inspired to begin.
- We also hope this will help our children learn to feel less entitled and more grateful for all that God has provided in their lives. (At least that’s what we are hoping for our children!)
Our stories come from real people working with real children at learning centers and orphan care facilities through Vision Trust International. http://www.visiontrust.org/
Our writers are currently moms that want to remember the poor, and help our children grow up with a heart for those stuck in the cycle of poverty.
Melissa Spoelstra is a wife and mom to Zach, Abby, Sara, and Rachel. She lives in Dublin, OH and enjoys teaching the Bible and writing. Melissa’s articles have been published in ParentLife, Women’s Spectrum and Just Between Us women’s magazines. In August 2014, her first Bible study for women titled Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World will be published with Abingdon Press. She has a degree in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute and her family sponsors a boy in a small Mayan village in Guatemala and a little girl from the Dominican republic through Visiontrust. More about Melissa can be found at www.melissaspoelstra.com.
Melissa Stutz lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Brent, and their three children, Ryan, Emily & Samantha. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University. Before becoming a stay at home Mom, she worked in business in customer service management. While she grew up going to church, it wasn’t until her mid-20s that she decided to follow Christ with her life. Melissa is passionate about people. She loves spending time with women and youth. She has lead Bible studies for women, lead small groups and has always been involved in Children’s and Youth Ministries. Currently she teaches junior high youth at her church. Nothing brings her greater joy than sharing Christ’s love with others. The Stutz family sponsor two children through Visiontrust. www.melissastutz.com
Becky Davis lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Todd and two children, Austin and Alex. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and taught for several years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. Becky has always been passionate about her family, her church and her community. She’s been involved in several ministries, serving teens, women, children and families. Most recently, Becky served on staff for Live Love, Inc in Chandler, Arizona where she worked alongside families in downtown Chandler neighborhoods to help build up strong, caring communities. In 2012 Becky and her family moved to Dublin, Ohio where she continues to have a passion for her community and the underserved. The Davis Family sponsors two children through World Vision and Compassion International.
Annie Sheets lives in Worthington, OH with her husband Matt and 3 sons ages 8,5 and 3. Annie attended the University of Dayton and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been staying home since the birth of her first son. Annie has a heart for the broken, poor and lost. After reading “A Hole in our Gospel” and “Kisses for Katie” she kept thinking ~ there is more we must be doing to help reach the poor. Her family sponsors one child in Uganda through World Vision.