to be thankful

JB and I got married when we were students. 

We didn't have a lot of money, but still wanted to mark the day with a gift to one another. A couple of weeks before the wedding, I walked past a World Vision info booth at the univeristy student centre and found it.

A week after exchanging vows, we were connected with a seven-year-old girl from Sri Lanka. 

We got married before we could afford to pay for it ourselves. And, like many other achievements in our lives, it was because we had the support of our parents. I didn't want to lose sight of that privilege or the ones we would give our own children some day.

I hoped a child from across the world would remind us.

With each letter and photo, she did.

When she completed high school, our sponsorship came to an end. She hoped to become a teacher. And, by then, we were building hopes for our own children.


Elan Morgan

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