This past week World Vision had the privilege of being in Tacoma, WA at the Champion Centre as a part of their Team Church conference. For this event we used the tent exhibit (a modified, smaller version of the main Experience, but portrays different stories): 3 children are featured in the tent: Beatrice, Stephen, and Olivia. Beatrice is a courageous 9-year-old who single-handedly raises her 2 year-old niece in an AIDS –ravaged village in Zambia. Stephen is a 13-year-old boy who was abducted by rebel soldiers in Uganda and forced to kill his own people. Olivia is a 17-year-old Malawian girl who is sexually assaulted twice by the same man.  All three of these stories are incredibly powerful!

We had many wonderful volunteers and most of them served diligently multiple times.  One volunteer, who served with us three different shifts, had seen a child in The Experience whom she wanted to sponsor. Each day she looked to see if the child had been sponsored and he had not. On the last day, she went to show the picture folder of the child to her own children. When she showed them the picture folder, they said, “that’s the kid we wanted to sponsor.”  It was great to see a family excited to sponsor this child together.

Next stop: Brentwood, TN!

-Michelle

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