Simple Ways to Reach Out – February 11th is World Day of the Sick

Medicines for 10 Children

February 11th is World Day of the Sick

$0.33 Prescriptions for 90 Children!

When I was 15 I asked my mum if I could join the Peace Corps. That dream was shattered when I found out the group was only in America.

Instead I took Environmental Studies in university and college. I joined all kinds of clubs like Friends of the Earth and World Wildlife Fund. I volunteered to be the recycling representative for my dorm at university. I nagged my dad so many times to put his cans in the blue bin instead of the garbage. I dragged family and friends along on fundraising walks. I wrote Letters to the Editor that spoke of the travesties of the “mass slaughter” of trees that happened every Christmas season. I visited Clayquot years after the clear-cutting and mourned at the loss. I have always felt a pull to reach out, help, and preserve creation.

Then a wonderful woman spoke something into my life when I was 23. I had ventured off across the country on my own, to attend a Bible college, and I was living with this family who had 4 daughters – they were absolutely amazing people. I was wearing one of my many activist t-shirts – I believe this one said Save the Dolphins. She looked at my shirt, and looked me straight in the eye, and she said something that changed my life forever.

“What about the people, Anna?”

HUGE moment.  I still love the trees, I still feel more at home outside than inside, and I still think the greatest sanctuaries I’ve ever been in are forests or fields or beaches. But it’s the people that have my heart now. And I am truly grateful for this change that has happened.

For years there has been this thought wandering around in my mind – that there must be simple ways to make a difference in the world. We can’t all be missionaries or relief aid workers, but we can all give something to help.

So I’ve been looking for a few simple ideas to share with others. Ideas that could be done anytime, anywhere.

Since February 11th is World Day of the Sick, I thought this would be a good place to start.

Hubby and I have been sponsoring World Vision kids for years, each of us before we ever laid eyes on each other. These kids have come from all around the world, and we’ve been so happy to share life at least a little with each one.

I’ve been getting to know their gift catalogue quite a bit, and realizing we can give these gifts anytime, not just at Christmas.

So here’s an idea for February…

Medicine for 90 Children for $30

The gift of $30 was originally for medicine for 10 children, but with donations from partner companies, the gift is multiplied NINE times over. That means that the $30 will actually help NINETY children. That’s like picking up a $0.33 prescription for 90 kids. Yes please!

Head on over to the World Vision catalogue and give that $30 to help 90 children on World Day of the Sick.


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