Sadly, it has come to an end of another great week for the World Vision Experience. We got to spend our week between Yosemite National Park and the Sequoias in the wonderful city of Fresno, CA. The week started off when our large truck was noticed at a local truck stop, and some people ran up and got all excited to see the exhibit coming to their town.  Apparently our 54-ft trailer is famous!

This was a fun-filled week of youth groups, school groups, Bible studies and a whole lot more. Not only were we able to bring help to many kids in Swaziland (through child sponsorship) but also had two special guest from Swaziland visit the World Vision Experience.  They traveled all this way to help answer questions about the communities that World Vision works alongside, and to thank churches that have been giving support (read more about World Vision’s work in Swaziland here.)  We didn’t only work with one church but eight churches in the community that have come together to bring hope to a community on the other side of the world.

But like every good thing, this week had to come to an end and this one came just like it started.  A gathering of new and old friends, around a family dinner, at the local Dog House Diner.

Next stop: Orlando, FL!  Click here for more info, and make sure to pass it along to all your Florida friends!

— Trooper

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This past month, I had the privilege of being in Spokane at the NorthTown Mall as part of World Vision’s Count on Spokane campaign (to learn more about it click here.) It was a unique experience for me, and all together as well.  I normally travel as a tour staff with the Experience: AIDS tour, we stay in cities for 10 days at a time — I was in Spokane, WA for an entire month!  Another unique thing was that we were able to create ‘The Village: A World Vision Experience’ and were able to utilize suggestions that we’ve heard from past visitor and volunteers of the Experience: AIDS tour and other events we’ve been a part of.

One of the stories that sticks out in my mind from The Village is from a single father, in his late 20’s. One day he came through with a friend (who was also a single father.) After watching the video, he decided to sponsor a child. The next day, he came back again, this time with his sister who, after seeing the picture of his sponsored child in his car, decided she wanted to sponsor. The next day (for the third day in a row) he came back, this time with his two children. It was precious seeing him lead his kids through The Village and show them the differences between what their new sister has and what they have.

We have officially taken down The Village from the mall, it was bittersweet to see it all done.  As you’ve read in the past few blogposts, we’ve had 4 former interns join our Count on Spokane team, which was fun and we really became a family during our time together. We’ll miss them, especially as we go to our next stop for the Experience: AIDS tour in Fresno, CA.

— Michelle

PS: I also got to celebrate my birthday, and wore this fantastic sash all day!