When I was 17 years old, God put a burning desire in my heart to help those who could not help themselves. This dream of mine came at a perfect time- right before picking a major for college!
I completed my bachelors and masters degrees in Social Work several years later with future hopes of working with a non-profit that shared my faith and passion for helping the oppressed.
I had been familiar with Project Orphans since it started, but it wasn’t until the Fall of 2014 that I felt the call to be a part of this great organization. It was at this point that God told me he wanted us to sponsor a child starting that spring, and eventually start to work with the organization. The timing of this calling couldn’t have been worse in my opinion. I had just married my husband, David, and we were broke newlyweds in graduate school who were dipping into savings each month. I trusted that God had a plan and that he would provide for us! It’s always been a desire of mine to be generous, no matter what our financial state was, and I did not want this to be an exception.
In the months following this, God provided in some big ways! My husband was promoted and started earning a much better salary, and I got a job that would pay the rest of my graduate school and provide a small stipend. This helped us get back on track financially, and helped make sure that sponsoring a child would not put us in the hole each month.
At the time, Uganda was in need of sponsors, so we chose to sponsor a girl named Sharon - from that country. Since we began sponsoring our child, God has also provided an amazing career for me, where I have the flexibility to work from home on my own schedule. I honestly thought it would be at least five years before I would be able to help out with Project Orphans and fulfill that calling, but God has provided in amazing ways, and revealed to me in recent weeks that the time for that is now!
What the last few months have taught me is that even though certain dreams or desires might not make sense to others, or maybe you even doubt that you can accomplish them, God is bigger than those obstacles that might stand in your way! I had always wanted to do social work for a non-profit for free, but everyone always thought I was crazy. When I got into the real world, I realized that was a crazy dream and that would probably never happen… but God.
God has opened these doors for me to be able to use my skills and talents (writing and social work) to benefit his Kingdom and get to help kids in other countries in direct and indirect ways through Project Orphans!
I’m really excited for this journey and to be able to offer my time to this amazing organization that is providing change in the lives of children all across the world. It still feels surreal to me, and I’m so thankful to be able to work with a cause that is so dear to my heart!
All the best,