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November 1, 2019 will mark one year since I took the role of President for Childcare Worldwide. And what a year it has been!

12 months ago I had no idea what it meant to be a CEO. I had no idea I would travel over 60,000 miles visiting ministry work all over the world. I had no idea what leading through big change looked like. I had no idea I would meet so many selfless people serving the Lord who would become my dearest friends. I had no idea I would know what extreme poverty looks like. I had no idea how important it is to have access to fresh water. I had no idea what it would be like to deliver food to starving people. I had no idea how amazing child sponsorship is.

I’ve been sitting here at my keyboard trying to sum up what 12 months looks like. There is just so much to say. So, rather than attempt to say it, I decided that the entire year could be represented by the picture posted above. 

One little girl.

One hug.

Overwhelming thankfulness.

I will never forget this moment. This young girl would walk every day for miles to collect dirty water for her family. She got sick from drinking that dirty water. It threatened her life and the lives of her family and friends. Then, one day, a few individuals heard the call of our Lord and donated money for a water tank. Childcare Worldwide installed that tank just a few months later and brought fresh water to this little girls village.

The moment this picture was taken, she realized she wouldn’t get sick from dirty water again. Her miles long water walk was over. Her life would be changed forever.

And she cried because she was so happy.

That’s what my life over the past 12 months has been like. The work of God has been the primary part of each day. His love is indescribable.

He loves me.

He loves a little girl from Africa.

I’m so thankful that he has put me here.