It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was in college, dreaming of where I would go, who I would meet, and what purpose my life would serve. I wasn’t anyone extraordinary . . . all I wanted was to make a difference in the world in some small way.
And through a lot of learning, growth, and challenges, God has taken me all over the world . . . to cities and villages most will never go . . . doing what I love and trying to bring a little hope to people along the way.
Most recently, I was honored to share my story and explain more about the initiatives I’m passionate about in an interview with GivCause, a global online network that partners with nonprofits, like World Help, to connect people to causes that are close to their hearts.
If you’re new to World Help, or don’t know what we’ve been up to lately, watching this interview is the perfect way to begin understanding what we do, where we work, and how you can be a part of changing the world with us.
One of my favorite parts of the interview was being able to share more about what we’ve been able to do through Baby Rescue and causelife, especially in Guatemala, Uganda, and Haiti. The connection in these places to rescue children and provide clean water is so close—you can’t really have one without the other.
It was only a few weeks ago that I was working on the ground in Haiti where children are carried in every day from the streets, barely alive . . . and most of the time, the result of contaminated drinking water.
This particular trip is one that I’ll never forget because we were able to open a brand-new water system and a state-of-the-art medical clinic that will meet the needs of thousands—on the campus of our children’s home and Haiti headquarters for Operation Baby Rescue. This improvement alone will help prevent hundreds—maybe even thousands—of cases of water-related illnesses for the children here each year.
Even though the Haitian skyline is still dotted with heaps of rubble from the devastating 2010 earthquake, the lives of people are being rebuilt on a daily basis. Everywhere I looked there were signs of hope, little miracles running around in the hot Haitian sun.
I even got to see Josiah, one of the first babies rescued from the earthquake. I can’t resist sharing this quick clip of our reunion:
These are the moments that mean the most to me. Moments when I know, without a doubt, that I’m where I’m supposed to be. But it took thousands of tiny steps to get there . . . steps that had I ignored, would never have helped me reach the place I am today.
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s that the people who are willing to take small, seemingly insignificant steps forward are usually the ones that make the biggest impact. They are the ones who understand that moving an inch forward is still progress, even if no one else notices.
If you really want your life to be about serving the needs of others, you have to train yourself not to despise small beginnings. Instead of waiting for your bank account to grow or your schedule to clear up, or your degree to be handed to you . . . why not start moving now?
Maybe that step is actively educating yourself on the issue that you’re passionate about solving. Pick up a book and read it. Take notes. Ask questions.
Or perhaps you have an audacious fundraising goal you want to meet . . . to build a clean-water well or help rescue a child. Set up a fundraising page. Share your dream with the world in a blog, tweet, or Facebook post.
For some of you, moving out of your comfort zone and traveling to see the need firsthand may be the next step for you. Sign up for an upcoming trip like the one we’re offering to Africa. Start making simple changes: Skip going out for coffee. Walk instead of drive. Little by little, save the funds you’ll need to secure your spot with us.
Whatever that small step forward is for you, I encourage you to take it this summer. Don’t let another day pass. Start small. Start now!
This summer we’ll be taking the conversation to my blog where you’ll be able to stay updated with some of the latest happenings going on with causelife, Baby Rescue, as well as my latest World Help adventures. We’ll pick back up with my monthly newsletters again this fall.
In the meantime, I can’t wait to hear how you’re planning to take these small steps toward making a world of difference. Feel free to send a tweet my way @nyeatts, or share your progress with others on my Facebook page. We have an incredible community to encourage you—you’re not alone!
Together, let’s move one step closer to changing the world . . . one person at a time.