Friday, June 5, 2009

What does God expect of us?

A few days ago, a friend of mine who works at World Vision handed me a copy of this book.

Man, I'm glad he did.

I have

Granted, I'm only on chapter 3, but thats already deep enough to pause and tell you about the book.

Its written by the president of World Vision, Richard Stearns. He quickly drew me in by sharing the story of how God brought him to World Vision in the first place. Richard was a very successful businessman at a large fine-tableware company called Lenox. He had previously been the CEO of Parker Brothers (Monopoly, Clue, etc). He was in NO WAY looking to leave his position and join World Vision. He was quite comfortable in his large house, with his Jaguar in the driveway, living comfortably with his wife and 5 children.

I'll let you start the book to find out what happened next.

On a personal note, I've toured the World Vision building. Did you know we are lucky enough to have World Vision headquarters right here in Washington State? I'm sad to say I only realized that a few years ago! Located in Federal Way, the World Vision building is something to behold. I walked through the mail room, where every letter is sorted and sent. I attended one of their chapels, and watched a few employees receive recognition for a number of years of service. I saw pictures lining the hallways, each with a story. I left feeling humbled, and excited, knowing that the more I learn about what is actually going on around the world, the more I want to get involved. My husband and I sponsor a little girl named Juliet through World Vision. She lives in Zambia, Africa, and is the same age as our daughter Olivia. Sometimes when Olivia does something new (new words, new milestones) I think of Juliet, and wonder if she's doing the same.

On to chapter four,


Mandy McMahan said...

Thank you for the book recommendation! I actually just met a husband/wife pair who have worked at WorldVision for 12 years together. They glowed when they talked to me about their workplace. Also, I have been meaning to find a little girl to sponsor who is the same age as my 16-month-old daughter Emma, just like you're doing for Olivia. I can't wait till Emma is old enough and can help me pick out things with our sponsored child in mind and to teach her to pray for her and other children around the world. Thanks for the reminder about this awesome organization.

Susan said...

I love your blog. Here is a young couples blog that I think is amazing. Since you are now linked to Zambia, I thought I would share.

Susan said...

forgot the link :-)