A letter I received in the mail last week from World Vision International thanked my husband and me for helping our sponsored child Pattraporn over the past five years. Apparently, our generous support made a huge impact in her life.
The letter went on to say that her community, Phan Thong, was concluding its final stage of development and completed its goals of becoming self-reliant.
It’s sad to say goodbye to a child that we’ve come to know and love.
A card and envelope was enclosed to pen her a farewell letter. This mailing procedure was a little different, as we wrote our home address on the back flap of the envelope.
In my eyes, World Vision, is amazing. I watched Pattraporn’s development from an impressionable young girl blossom into a happy teenager.
In my first correspondence to Pattraporn, I enclosed two photos (one of a colorful fish taken while scuba diving), three beaded bracelets and a ribbon. Although, the children are able to receive gifts, World Visions suggests nothing of real value. Much to my surprise about a month later, I received a brightly stamped World Vision envelope. As I unfolded the orange-bordered stationery, I gazed at the signature line. Pattraporn thanked me for the letter and the gifts sent her. The tiny gesture of beads, ribbon and photos spoke volumes in her mind.
The young girl lived by the sea, and liked reading and movies. While reading her return letter, I choked back a tear.
“I wish you could visit Thailand sometime, and me here.”
She ended he letter “I wish you and your family much happiness. God Bless You.”
What a sweet, thoughtful child.
The recent correspondence from World Vision offered me the opportunity to sponsor another child. I declined, channeling my efforts into another vision that hopefully will soon come to fruition.
Someone once said, “When one chapter ends in your life, another one begins.”
A photography book, about a special beach, in collaboration with my husband, is a personal project of mine and the next chapter of my life. I’ve even rallied six local award-winning women authors to contribute to the book.
The monthly dollar amount previously sent to World Vision will now be channeled to the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After a meeting with Deb Kersting, Director, I made a pledge verbally (and in writing) to donate a portion of the proceeds to her organization after the book is published.
Some of you may know have come to know me by browsing the pages of my blog. I have low-grade lymphoma.
This book will be dedicated to many. Those with physical ailments are first and foremost in my mind.
And if you get the chance, sponsor a World Vision child. It’ll make a difference in your life.