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World Vision in the Dominican Republic

4465368384 4b78e63b37 World Vision in the Dominican Republic

I feel blessed and honored to be able to share this exciting news with you. My daughter and I will be headed Dominican Republic with World Vision with a group of wonderful bloggers. While on the trip, we will be sharing our experience with you in the best way we can.

While I’ve been on several blogging trips and conferences in the past, this is the most important one to me. Since a mission trip to Guatemala in 2008, I’ve felt I needed to do it again. This time I have a much bigger platform to shout my experience! It is also a special trip because I’m taking my 11 year old daughter. This will be a life changing experience for both of us.

World Vision

When I was a child, my mom always sponsored a child through World Vision. I remember watching her write the checks each month. No matter how much money we had or didn’t have, mom faithfully wrote her checks to the church and to World Vision. This really stuck with me. As a child you don’t understand the giving of money to people when you are struggling to make ends meet yourself. However, as an adult, it hits you. You have to give to receive.

As soon as I had my first job in high school, I decided to sponsor my own child. My first experience wasn’t through World Vision but another organization, which was $12/month.  After college, I decided to sponsor my first World Vision child just like my own mom did while we were growing up.

Being a sponsor is a special experience. From the World Vision site, you can find a child you would like to sponsor. You can base it on region, age, birthday, or region affected by Aids. If you want to sponsor a child who is the same age or has the same birth month as your own child, you can. You can share correspondence with your sponsored child, you are sent pictures, and can participate in the special mailers they send for you to personalize for your child.

This past year, I had the experience of going through a full cycle with Luz, from Peru, who grew out of the World Vision program. We are hoping we made a difference in her life! Not only does it make a difference in the sponsored child’s life, it makes a difference in your own life.

We now have three sponsored children, Diya from India and Luis & Angela from Dominican Republic. When we choose these children, we were looking for children around the same age as our children. Diya and Angela are around our two youngest children’s age and Luis and Luz are the same age as our older children. When we picked Luis, we wanted an older child because we were thinking less people probably sponsor the older children, but we could be wrong on that theory!

It is very exciting because my daughter and I will be able to meet our sponsored children in the Dominican Republic. From our correspondence, Luis loves beans (just like me!) and loves to play with toy cars like my boys. Angela isn’t in school yet but she loves to play with dolls like my little girl. I’m excited to be able to hug them in person!

World Vision not only supports the children you sponsor but part of your monthly fees goes to making the entire community a better place to live. They believe in order to help one child, you have to also lift up the entire community. So part of the $35/month sponsorship (depends on the region), goes to healthcare for the community, clean water access, and more.

How to Follow Along

On our trip we will be visiting two World Vision Projects – a new one and a establish project. We will be able to see the difference World Vision is making in these communities. It gives me chills just thinking about it.

Mark your calendars for the first week of May. This week I will *try* to update you daily on our trip progress (bookmark this!). You can also follow us on Twitter – we will be using the hashtag #WVinDR. If you feel so moved, you can sponsor a child today, there are so many waiting!

Other Involved Bloggers

Here’s the other bloggers you will want to follow.

I’m excited and humbled to be part of this wonderful group!

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comments { 9 Comments }
  • Duane Plaskett - May 03, 2010 @ 8:45 pm 9

    This is a very good thing you are doing! Thank You for sharing it.
    The last blog was more than right also……the people there LOVE baseball.
    I’m sure your sponsored child would probably enjoy anything related to baseball.
    Good Luck and have a GREAT TRIP!
    .-= Duane Plaskett´s last blog ..GAME STOP – Cartersville, Ga. =-.

  • kt - April 06, 2010 @ 9:28 am 8

    Bri, if you can bring a baseball set for your sponsored boy, I am sure he will love it. Get it at the garage sale or thrifty store. I was in DR almost 10 years ago on a mission trip and those children play baseball with a stick!!!

  • Marcy - April 04, 2010 @ 9:51 pm 7

    I can’t wait to follow along with you and your experiences in the DR. Looking forward to learning more about this organization too since I don’t know much about it.

  • Andrea - April 02, 2010 @ 10:01 pm 6

    I visit your blog once in awhile and just saw this post. I lived in the DR as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. I love the dominican people!!! I will be interested in your updates on your visit. Eat some platanos fritos and arroz con habichuelas for me!

    Hurray for your dedication to a good cause!

  • Rene - April 02, 2010 @ 9:33 pm 5

    How exciting! World Vision is such a great ministry. I can’t wait to read all about your trip. How great that your daughter is going along with you. (-:
    .-= Rene´s last blog ..Free Little Thickburger Hardee’s =-.

  • mpt - April 02, 2010 @ 8:53 pm 4

    Amazing amazing post, Briana! I can’t wait to experience this trip with you and your daughter. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • jennifer - April 02, 2010 @ 7:27 pm 3

    I have sponsored a child through World Vision for over a decade. He is located in Cambodia. I too can relate to writing that sponsor check every month regardless of my personal financial situation. I KNOW that GOD will find a way to make it all work. We receive regular updates from him and I keep his picture posted on my fridge – I think of him just as one of the kids. One day, I would love to meet my sponsored child face to face.

    My best to you as you travel to the Dominican Republic to meet your sponsored child!

  • Unos discount - April 02, 2010 @ 6:18 pm 2

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  • Andrea @ MommySnacks.net - April 02, 2010 @ 5:03 pm 1

    B, I’m so excited to get to experience this with you and Hannah!! And, our sponsored kids are the same ages as our kids too!
    .-= Andrea @ MommySnacks.net´s last blog ..Pampers Gifts to Grow | New Code for April =-.

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