From The President

Phil (left) joins Holt’s director of Mongolia programs (right) on a visit to a family in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

A message from Holt’s president and CEO. 

It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.

Every time I hear these words, I think of the joy that sponsorship has brought my family. I think of how every time we receive updates about the two girls we sponsor in Vietnam and Cambodia, we read them together — eager to discover what new skills they’ve learned, and reassured to know that because of our monthly gifts, they continue to thrive in the loving care of their families.

In this issue of the Holt sponsorship magazine, several Holt sponsors share their stories, and they too use these familiar words to describe what inspires their ongoing commitment to love and care for an orphaned or vulnerable child.

As sponsors, we are so blessed to witness how our gifts create miracles in the lives of our sponsored children — to see the light return to their eyes, and to watch them grow healthy and lively and all the things a child should be.

As sponsor Tami Glasco says so perfectly on page 11, “If we are willing to give, we can share in that impact. We can experience the reality first hand that it truly IS more of a blessing to give than to receive.”

Because you give, you share in the impact sponsorship has in the lives of children like Mew and Nan in Thailand, whose story on page 8 illustrates how seven consistent years of sponsor support can empower a struggling family to become a model of success in their community.

Because you give, you share in the impact sponsorship has in the life of a child like 9-yearold Munkhbold in Mongolia, whose story is featured on page 12. Munkhbold spent most of his childhood digging through garbage to help support his family, but because of sponsors like you, he is now in school — and loving every moment.

Because you give, you help women and children escape domestic violence — the topic of our issue focus — and you help at-risk girls graduate high school, like those featured on page 28.

Your sponsorship is powerful beyond belief. And whether you are a new Holt sponsor, or have sponsored for many years, I hope and pray that you feel the same joy every time you receive an update about your sponsored child. I hope you feel truly blessed.

Phil Littleton | Adoptive Father of 3 | President & CEO

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

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