Fueling the Future Series: A Sponsorship Success Story

Welcome back to the “Fueling the Future” series, where we explore the significance of investing in today’s youth and empowering the leaders of tomorrow. We’re thrilled to share another exciting episode, featuring Todd and Lisa Heeter, along with their former sponsored young man Gabriel, who now works at Children’s HopeChest in Oditel, Uganda. Trust us, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! Together, this trio is a powerful testament to the transformative power of love, accountability, and relationship.

Join us as we hear stories from their incredible decade-long relationship, from the initial sponsorship of Gabe to their current relationship as he thrives in adulthood as a leader in his community. Through laughter, tears, and gratitude, we’ll take a look back and praise God for the impact of their enduring connection.

Plus, we have a special treat for you at the end of this episode – Gabe leads us in worship! You won’t want to miss this joyful and uplifting moment that showcases the incredible talents and passions of this inspiring young man. So, tune in for a conversation that is sure to leave you feeling inspired and energized, and stay for the unforgettable worship experience.

"Gabe is a part of our family. Our investment in him did not come with an age limit; it simply evolved as he grew older. While sponsorship dollars are certainly helpful, we believe it's the relationship that truly makes the most transformative impact. Our relationship with Gabe doesn't end, it only grows stronger with time."

As Wil Crooks, our VP of Strategic Partnerships, sits down with this inspiring trio, we’ll gain invaluable insight into what it truly means to empower teens and young adults and maintain a relationship that spans over a decade. 

Our guests share their personal experiences and powerful examples of how investing in young adults can make a significant impact on sustainable development. From Gabe’s unique perspective as a sponsored young man turned HopeChest employee, to the Heeter’s journey as dedicated sponsors and mentors, we’ll uncover the profound impact that these relationships can have on the lives of young adults and the communities they live in.

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