The moment I was born I was placed immediately into an orphanage. My birth mother couldn’t take care of me. So, I started my life in and out of foster care. An unwanted, uncared-for orphan. My personal experience is why I’m so committed to the work Childcare Worldwide is doing for children living in poverty without their spiritual and basic needs being met.
While I was in foster care, a 17-year-old girl was writing her husband-to-be. They had just gotten engaged when he got drafted into the US Army and left to serve in Vietnam. She prayed for him and their future together, and each day she became more convicted that her place in life was to be a mom.
When her fiance returned, they walked into the room where I was being cared for. My mom said as soon as she saw me she thought, “I don’t know anything about this child. I don’t even know his name. But I know this little boy needs a mommy.”
From that day forward I had everything I needed. A roof over my head, clothes on my back, and shoes on my feet. I got to play baseball and go to school. And I was taken to church! That was the first time I ever heard anything about God or Jesus – when my mom took me to church. There’s not a single day that goes by I don’t thank God for her and what she decided to do for me.
My life could have turned out so differently – but instead, I was introduced to Jesus and given the opportunity to thrive. And that’s an opportunity I would love to see extended to as many children as possible!
For the past decade, I have traveled internationally meeting other children like myself. Kids who were born into situations that weren’t ideal. Children living with extended families and children living in extreme poverty. Through sharing my story I’ve been able to see over 70,000 children rescued from poverty and challenging circumstances over the years.
Matthew 25:45 says “‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.” A life well lived in God’s eyes is when we look after others. Childcare Worldwide would love to help you do this very thing. For just over a dollar a day, you can help care for a real child with real needs. To learn more about how to sponsor a child click here.
I’d love to share my story with your MOPS group. If you would like for me to come and share, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Wolf is currently a speaker for CW. He is a recommended speaker by the NSA (National Speakers Association), Upward Sports, and TCA (Thriving Charity Advocates). Wolf is the author of “Serve One.” Tony is also a tried and true comedian and musician who has produced six albums and penned over 50 song parodies including one that reached the iTunes Top 40. With a degree in counseling, Wolf’s words – whether sung, written, or spoken – strike at the heart of every generation, age, and background. Tony lives in Westfield, Indiana with his wife Laura, three daughters Brooklyn, Katie, and Adrienne, and son Jude.