Yellowknife. What a place. Here I thought I was coming up here for a new job, and I’m a new mom.
It happened this way. I dragged my heels and went to church reluctantly and late. Then three things happened: I made 2 friends, and I discovered that Tony Campolo, formerly Bill Clinton’s spiritual advisor and someone I admire a lot, was coming that very Thursday to Yellowknife. To Yellowknife. Tony Campolo.
So off I went to Northern United Place on Thursday, late again … and because I was late and the place was packed out, I was seated right beside Tony and his wife who chatted amicably and easily with me and my friend Gregg (visiting from Vancouver, btw). You gotta know: This wouldn’t happen anywhere else. Typically he’d have his equivalent of handlers and there’d be throngs of thousands in the audience. I told him I subscribed to his podcast (I do) ’cause I thought he’d think it was cool knowing someone way up north was listening to him.
I shoulda known he was there on behalf of World Vision. (Dear World Vision – if you’re reading this, I’d like to work for you after I’ve accomplished a couple things up here in the NWT). So Tony did his Tony thing, made a compelling case why each of us in the room needs to help alleviate poverty and sent us over to the table to look at the faces … those sweet, sweet faces, of kids around the world who are in really tough circumstances.
And in the midst, there was this blue-eyed, blondie from Romania. I didn’t stand a chance. Maybe it was the ancient genetic similarity or maybe it was the little red sweater but Gabriela won my heart and my monthly support just.like.that.
This isn’t actually her but it conveys the same spirit:
Readers, have you ever sponsored a child? How did it go? Did you get all giddy like me? Did you correspond? What happens when they grow up? And the moneycoach in me has to ask: Why did it take me so long? Only $35/month to make a real difference. Why don’t more of us do it?