Name: Emily Hagen
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
I love being a child sponsor because my heart has been opened to a whole new life of love and service.
I sponsor two little girls in Albania. When I was choosing my first child on the World Vision website, I selected “Eastern Europe” quite randomly as well as “age 6.” The third face I saw was the cutest little face I’ve ever seen, and it was love at first sight. I sponsored my precious Fjorida.
I began to feel a love in my heart for the people of Albania. Over the next few months, I felt a strong desire to sponsor a second little girl. When I found Rosarja, I was filled with excited anticipation.
Having sponsored two girls in the same country has been amazing. I’ve started to learn the language, and my love for Albania continues to deepen. Now it is my plan and ambition to move there, so that I can help bring the good news of Jesus Christ to as many children as possible. I want to give hugs and hope and put smiles on faces. I don’t have my own children, so I need hugs and smiles, too.