ROWAN’s Sponsorship Journey
It was about a year ago that I had a wise mentor suggest the concept of sponsorship for ROWAN’s growth. This friend used to work for World Vision for many years and currently consults hundreds of non profits. I was hesitant at first. I thought, “Everybody is doing it…we need to be cutting edge with something new!” However, he said, “Everybody is doing it, because it is working. You are already set up in a perfect way to offer this program, and it makes your ministry that much more personal.”
So I thought about it. Well, I did know all 151 of our women and children in ROWAN. We had all of their personal stories written down already. We had thousands of beautiful photos of them. I do have access for the members to write letters. We already have a Facebook group that is strictly for donors/supporters set up. Hmmmmm. So I thought I should see what the Founder, Pastor Paul thought. I gave him a call across the static of the international lines and instantly he said,
“Kelsey, we must do this. We are ready.”
Ok, that is swell but I am not an admin person. This task takes heavy admin skills I just didn’t enter this world with. Everybody who knows me or knows OF me knows…I couldn’t work within columns and rows. However, my mom is a genius with bookkeeping and she did just go to Uganda in 2013 and fall in love with the ministry. I gave her a call. She instantly said,
“Kelsey, Yes. I think you should do this and I can do all the accounting for it.”
So doors keep opening left and right. I informed my volunteer team of this idea, and after talking through the details they were ready to try it. Nothing left to do but to try, right? Taking risks for the Lord is the only way to take risks. So I posted a few photos and stories on facebook. Fast forward two weeks, we had 25 sponsorships signed up without costing a dime. As more friends and family signed up, I was astonished at the level of giving. I thought, “Why is this taking off so well?”
1. Preparation. We have laid such a strong foundation in Uganda and in USA that we were ready.
2. Personal touch. These kids and women have favorite colors to share. But their stories are so powerful they are touching people’s lives!
3. Power in Prayer. We have been on our knees praying for breakthrough for ROWAN for 12 years. Acceleration has come. And we don’t forget where we started…on our knees.
We are 41 Sponsorships away from EVERY woman and child being sponsored! We are starting that countdown now! What then?
We can invite more widows and orphans into our family to share the love of God. We can make sure every child goes to school and every women is empowered with skills. We are ready. We need you.
If you haven’t signed up to sponsor yet, today is the day. View the last 41 here and join our family of love.