Kelly, from Kelly's Korner Blog, is hosting Show Us Your Life-Favorite Charities so I thought I'd make that my post today. Brian and I have many, but I thought I would list 3 of them tonight.
The first one I love is World Vision. We sponsor 2 kids (one in Mexico and the other in Ghana)and a mother and son in Romania through this wonderful organization. When my sisters and I were in Christian Music we were World Vision artists. The best part about being an artist was seeing kids sponsored after our concerts. Even though I'm not in a position anymore to help children get sponsored, I can still be a sponsor myself. We also helped build a health clinic in Swaziland. Our dream one day, besides meeting our children, is to go to Swaziland and see the health clinic.
St. Jude is another awesome charity that helps so many. I remember watching the telethons on tv when I was younger and thinking how incredibly sad it was to see the devastating effects of cancer on young children. Now that I am a mom it takes on a whole new meaning. I can't imagine Brooklyn or Sydney being one of those children. I love that St. Jude turns no child away, ever. That is so amazing. I cry when I get the monthly reports of the child who is struggling to beat cancer, but it's a great reminder for me to be so thankful that my girls are healthy.
Ultimate Goal is a local organization that uses soccer to reach the unreached. My sisters and I got to travel to Sweden about 10 years ago with the founder John Stayskal and an under 16 girls team to participate in the Gothia Cup. It's a trip I will never forget. I grew up playing soccer and love that I can support John and the work he does to reach young people for Christ.
There are many others, but these are just a few of my favorites. I was reminded as I was writing of the verse found in Luke 12:48. It says, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."