Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ambassador – That sounds like a great job. I want to be the US Ambassador to Bermuda or Luxembourg or Barbados.

When I was in New York, I volunteered with the Christian Mission to the United Nations and had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of Ambassadors over a 10-year period. I saw up close what characterizes a good, effective Ambassador – men and women who:

> love their country and are deeply committed to it
> have the authority to speak for their governments back home
> effectively communicate their country’s history, present-day challenges and future vision
> advocate for their national interest

So, what would it take to be an effective Ambassador for Gladney ? The same characteristics:

> love, commitment, passion for the organization
> authority from home base to speak on Gladney’s behalf (You’ve got that !)
> a desire to be an advocate – to spread the good word about adoption and Gladney

When you see a good movie, you become an Ambassador for it. You want to tell people about it. How much more compelling is it for you to be an Ambassador for the organization that helped you complete your family ?

There are a myriad of ways to be an Ambassador for Gladney, most revolving around sharing your story with others. Josh and Amy Bottomly have told their moving story in a book titled: “From Ashes to Africa”. I couldn’t put it down. It's a must-read for couples considering, or going through, the adoption process.

We’re all Ambassadors for the things that really matter to us.

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