José's father is a day laborer in La Habana, Honduras. His small income is expanded to capacity, covering the basic food and housing needs of his wife and three small children. He is not alone in his struggle — the average Honduran family survives on little more than $3 per day. In one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries, where early-childhood diseases are widespread, a simple pair of shoes can help prevent fungal and parasitic infections.
So imagine how grateful José's parents must have been when their eldest child received a pair of shoes last year at a World Vision-supported birthday party for nearly 1,100 children and their families from 26 communities served by World Vision's Yoro area development program. They enjoyed food, cookies, soft drinks, and piñatas at their all-day bash. Generous sponsors in the United States funded the party.
Each year, World Vision sponsors are mailed birthday cards to sign and send back to their sponsored children. Many sponsors return these cards with extra financial gifts — funds pooled to underwrite the annual birthday party celebrations World Vision area staff members put on for our sponsored youth worldwide.
Because of sponsors' generosity last year, more than 900,000 sponsored children — from Honduras to Uganda, India to Romania — enjoyed a special birthday celebration.
At every party, age-appropriate gifts are distributed that also have been selected to meet local needs and the needs of individual children. At the Yoro celebration, for example, smaller children received shoes. School-aged youth received backpacks and school supplies. Bibles, Bible storybooks, and t-shirts also were distributed, as were a few mattresses.
>> Praise God for the generosity of sponsors, whose gifts have enabled children like Josť and Radheyshyam to experience the joy of a birthday celebration that represents our Heavenly Father's love and compassion for them. Pray for sponsored children all around the world to have this opportunity.
>> Donate to World Vision's annual birthday party for sponsored children around the world. Your gift will help us to ensure every child we serve — like Josť and his community in Honduras — can be blessed with the joy of a birthday celebration.
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