Moms Who Change the World, Part One

Stephanie Gates honestly


Every Thursday this month, we are going to share the story of a mom who is changing the world. Because, together, we moms change the world on a daily basis with every meal, every hug, and every good night kiss.

In big ways and little ones, mothers shape the world. Over the next few weeks, we will honor the stories of ordinary moms who are doing extraordinary things. We are inspired by their stories, and we think you will be too.

Jody Landers never dreamed she would change the world. Or maybe that was exactly what she dreamed.

Her story begins in Sierre Leon, Africa, where she was adopting three-year-old twins. “There was a moment when we were pulling away on the boat with the kids that I thought, ‘Oh my gosh. This is so much bigger than adoption.’ “Jody says. As she left the region to bring her children home to Iowa, Jody had an all-consuming thought. “If I was going to have the privilege of raising these kids, my life would also be committed to creating a world where the adoption of orphans is not necessary.”

The vision of The Adventure Project is simple. “We believe we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime by reinventing how we give. Ways that spur economic opportunity, promote dignity, and save lives.” Jody knows there are many people just like her – who have limited time and resources – but still feel passionate about giving to others. The Adventure Project connects those who want to give with a woman in an impoverished area who simply need a means to support herself and her family. They have sponsored women building stoves in Haiti, and others selling irritation pumps in Kenya. Through individual donors, women are learning to be well engineers and healthcare workers in Uganda. The people who most want to serve are directly providing impoverished women all over the world with a means to support themselves.

I am Stephanie – mom to four beautifully rambunctious little kids and wife to a guy who still makes me smile.If you have ever abandoned religion in search of faith, ever had to leave your hometown to find your home, or ever climbed to the very tip-top of a jungle gym to rescue an overzealous toddler, you may enjoy reading more at A Wide Mercy. You can also follow along on Facebook.

If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be?