Good morning! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday. The beginning of a work week is usually a little dreary for some of us. I do my best to embrace the “fresh start” that it brings. Nevertheless, in those cases when you just can’t shake the weekday blues there is always coffee to render you alive. A lot of people have been asking me recently about the volunteering that I do with Remember the Children (RtC). Sine the Masquerade ball that I am hosting on their behalf is coming up, I thought it would only be appropriate to create a blog post about it.
In the winter of 2014, I started attending church with a close friend of mine. One day after service, we saw a sponsorship table from RtC. As we grazed over the different children, I noticed this adorable little boy named Alex. What stuck out to me the most was his bio. The category that asked what he wanted to do when he grew up was listed as “Pump Gas.” I was sold. I thought that was the most adorable thing I had ever read and I had to sponsor him right then and there….and I did. Within the next 24 hours, the sweet, little 4 year old boy from Romania was this broke college student’s first sponsored child.
A few months down the road, I was attending church again when I noticed a frenzy of church goers carrying cardboard boxes in the parking lot. Off to the side, there as a table filled with them. Hmm, odd. My friend didn’t think so though. She went right over to the table, grabbed us two boxes and a couple brochures and we were on our way. I’ll be honest, it sat in my car for about a week before I even looked at them. It wasn’t until my friend asked me if “I had finished my box” that I went out to the car late one night to grudgingly retrieve the materials.
This was the second time RtC stole a piece of my heart. The boxes? They were shoeboxes to be filled with necessities, gifts, candy, food, etc and then returned back to be shipped off to Romania. Once there, they would be given to the children as Christmas gifts. For many of these children, it would be the only Christmas gift they would receive. In two to three little sentences on the back of the brochure was more information on how you could attend the trip to help give out the boxes. I walked into work the next day and by the end of that day I was submitting my application to go on the trip.
Now, to properly explain the emotions, experiences and events of this trip I would need about 15 blog posts. I’m not going to do that. What I can tell you though, is that up until this point I had never done anything that made me feel more whole as a human being. I had wondered for a really long time if I ever would. I have heard people talk about their ‘passions’ but I had never experienced that for myself. That was until I attended this trip. When you go on missions trips, you typically go to give back. You go thinking that you will do some good for the world and then you can go back to your life as it was before. All this time, I thought I was going to be making a difference for these children but I had no clue just how much that they would be making a difference in me.
These children had never met me before and they wanted to hold my hand. They wanted to give me hugs. They wanted to make ME feel special. These children have way less than we can ever begin to imagine and here they are giving more. It’s one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It has changed the way I view things, the way I love, my grace, my gratitude…. everything. My whole life is different because of them and I have RtC to thank.
By the grace of God and support of my parents, I have gotten to attend 2 missions trips with RtC and am in the process of hosting a black tie event in their honor. I also just booked my plane ticket with my sister to attend a trip with them to Tanzania in June as they seek to expand their organization to reach and love on more orphans. I am thankful for all that Remember the Children has allowed me to be apart of and I can only pray that they continue to allow me to do so in the future.
Life is busy. It can be crazy and yes, sometimes it is really hard. If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be to find something you are passionate about. Search for something that makes you feel whole. Don’t get too carried away in the day to day that you forget to do something worth while. Do some research, get involved, volunteer, travel and explore. This world is SO big, there is definitely plenty of things out there that you can be apart of…plenty of things that are meant just for YOU.
In the meantime, if you would like more information about Remember the Children then here is their website: www.remember-the-children.org
Here is a link to the event I am hosting as well: Veiled: A Masked Charity Event
Remember the Children is my favorite organization, maybe they can be yours too!