I’ve been thinking a lot of what to ask from you all as I prepare to travel to Zimbabwe in exactly one week. I’ve thought of prayer for myself, the rest of the team, the people we’ll meet, the leaders in Zimbabwe that we’ll be speaking with, our health, the travel, etc.
Something has weighed on my heart to share with you.
I want you to be a part of this. Not just by looking at pictures or reading, but a real part of World Vision gearing up to make a crucial difference in the lives of women and children. Zimbabwe has one of the worst crises for pregnant women and infants happening right now.
“Zimbabwe is among 40 countries where the maternal death rate exceeds 960 per 100,000 live births (emphasis mine)… And the situation is not improving: Maternal mortality in Zimbabwe rose by 28 percent between 1990 and 2010. Globally, just 287 mothers die per 100,000 live births, and in sub-Saharan Africa the figure stands at 500 per 100,000, according to Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care.” AlJezeera.com
What can you do? How can you be a part of this?
It’s simple. You can sponsor a child in Zimbabwe here: http://myshare.worldvision.org/dianawrote
No, World Vision didn’t ask me to do or say any of this. They have no idea I am. I’m asking because it’s important to me. I want you to have a stake in what we’re going to do over there, but without funds for the living children, their families, and the communities they are in – this isn’t going to work.
I’ve prayed over this all day, wondering what on earth would happen if no one stepped up to sponsor or we didn’t meet the goal I set on my page. But I believe we can. I know it. I’m stepping out by sponsoring our third child with World Vision, and that’s not to be like “LOOK AT ME SPONSORING THREE!” but that’s what we are supposed to do. We are the richest nation to ever walk the earth – and 1 in 10 of Zimbabwe’s children die before the age of 5.
How is that possible in this day and age?
Sponsor a child that has your lost child’s birthday or due date. Sponsor one for a friend that lost a baby, and tell her about it. Sponsor one that has your birthday, or your mother’s. Take $35 tax deductible dollars a month and spend it on changing a life.
Then watch it change yours.
I’m asking that 25 of you step up and make a difference ahead of what World Vision is going to do.
I have seen and felt and been on the receiving end of your generosity many times, but this time I’m asking you to focus it on a country that is desperate for some of our wealth and resources. These are real children just as important as yours or mine.
Then share about it. Ask your Facebook friends. Share this on Twitter. Pin it. Send it to a friend. If we reach 25 sponsors, I’ll go to 50.
Will you be a real, tangible part of this Vision Trip – seeing where your child lives and plays? Looking at my pictures and knowing you’re changing a life forever in that country? That you’re helping to change the face of Zimbabwe?
Can we make this happen?