Why did I want to start sponsoring Adrian?
I went to a Lauren Daigle concert on September 29th, 2018. Lauren Daigle was someone I always strived to be like; for example, unlike most famous artists, during her intermission she had people from “Food for the Hungry” come and discuss their mission. They did this by showing a heart wrenching video of suffering children and families all over the world, as well as having a couple of missionaries share their personal experiences. As the video and speakers continued on, I began to experience a pool of emotions, one being mild culture shock. The Spirit was definitely pulling at my heart. I genuinely had no idea that there were people in God’s world who did not know it was His world. It was in this moment that I knew I had to ask Campus Ministries to help sponsor one of these children. We, as God’s people, rise by lifting others. Deciding to sponsor Adrian was a step that Campus Ministries took in spreading the good news and sharing God’s undeniable love.
1 John 4:19 – “We love because He first loved us”
-Abby Tivitt ‘22
Ever since I became a Christian and God radically changed my life, I have had the burning desire for others to know the same God that died in their place. This burning desire lead me to a mission camp called Kentucky Changers. It was through my summers at Kentucky Changers I answered the call to living my life to know God and to make Him known. About a month before moving to KWC, Anna, our campus ministries coordinator, reached out to me asking if I would like to help with Adrian: collect money, write letters to him, exc. I am always down for anything involving mission so obviously, I said yes! However, it wasn’t until November 2019, that I really saw the impact that sponsoring a child can make. I flew to Guatemala with my home church on my first ever international trip. There really aren’t any words that completely give justice to what life is like in a third world country. It was definitely culture shock to my small town, country girl self. Seeing the poverty firsthand is something that I will never forget. One of my translators for the week was telling me her story and she mentioned that she was sponsored through a Christian organization growing up. She expressed how being sponsored changed her life. Being sponsored not only provided her with food, but she was also able to get a quality education, something that is hard to get in a third world country. Through many letters from her sponsors, she had the strong desire to learn English so she could be able to read the letters she received without needing a translator. Ultimately, our translator went on to attend college in the states, now works for a Christian organization, and translates for mission groups that come to Guatemala. She recently got married and it absolutely warmed my heart to see a wedding picture of her with her sponsor parents. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend how much sponsoring Adrian means to him. Knowing that now he doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from is not only a relief to him, but to his family as well. We may never see firsthand the impact we have made on Adrian’s life. But oh, are we planting seeds and being the hands and feet of Jesus in his life.
-Lesleigh Lowman ‘22