Imagine knowing someone for 10 years, without meeting them?
Mark and Christine (pictured above) live in Newcastle, UK. They have been sponsoring 15-year-old Sama in India, through World Vision for almost 10 years.
Over those 10 years, the couple have seen Sama grow into a bright girl. She likes going to school, particularly enjoying maths. Her parents both work in a tyre shop, and she has two brothers, who love her very much. She believes she’s very lucky to have a family who loves her and cares for her.
She’s also very lucky to have sponsors like Christine and Mark. Through Child Sponsorship, Sama’s opportunities for the future have expanded. She has the potential to be more than she ever dreamed.
With help from World Vision, they had all planned to finally meet together in Sama’s community in October of last year. But how can you meet someone who lives more than 4,600 miles away in the midst of a global pandemic?
With heavy hearts, the couple inevitably had to cancel their trip to India. However, World Vision staff arranged for a different – and very special – kind of visit, via Zoom instead.
Mark and Christine feel that they have a special bond with Sama. So being offered this alternative opportunity to see and speak with her at last was very exciting.