Your sponsorship begins on your knees and ends on your knees. It is very important to seek Gods wisdom as a Vida Nueva sponsor. It is more than asking, signing in, and picking up your candidate. Sponsorship is praying, serving, and encouraging your candidate before, during and after the weekend. It involves a sacrificial commitment by you on behalf of another. Good sponsorship is an integral part of the experience.
The following checklist will assist you in the sponsorship of a candidate for upcoming weekends:
Plan to provide the support structure for the person you are sponsoring. Actively work with others to sponsor 1 or more youth on a VN weekend. This ensures that in their next steps they have someone to connect with and share the VN experience with.
Pray about the young people you are considering sponsoring. Pray for guidance and discernment for yourself as a sponsor. Pray for the openness and willingness of those whom you may sponsor.
Set up an appointment to meet with the candidates to discuss the purpose and benefits of VN and what it has meant to you. Continue to meet with the candidate to talk about VN and meet with the candidates parents to inform them and allay any fears they might have. Remember, there are no secrets in VN. The only thing that remains confidential is the personal witness and conversations shared at your table.
Explain to them that VN is a gift of love, not something they need to go to. Explain the cost and ask for a commitment from them to fill out the registration form.
Work with others, youth or adults, to cosponsor the candidate. Often good sponsorship requires more than one sponsor. First-time or inexperienced sponsors often find it beneficial to work with a more experienced sponsor.
Continue to pray for the candidate and even get support from the pastor. Collect at least twelve personal planca letters from family and friends and don't forget to write one yourself. Never ask the team to deliver personal gifts from you or others to the candidate. Ensure that the candidate knows what to pack and that they are expected to stay onsite the entire weekend.
Plan to take care of the candidate's responsibilities like feeding pets or mowing during the weekend. Consider ways to make the candidates attendance on the weekend easier or even possible. Personally transport or ensure reliable transportation to and from the event.
Be present for Send Off/Sponsors Hour, Serenade, and Closing. Sign up and get others to sign up on the Prayer Vigil. Make table palanca for the weekend and bring food palanca, especially the items you know your candidate enjoys. Invite parents to Send Off/Sponsors Hour or Closing if appropriate. Be sure to explain to parents the nature of VN and what to expect during these events.
Reunion groups are a vital part of the new members next steps. Help them find a reunion group, whether it be your own or a different one. Start one with them if need be. Be sure to take your candidate to Follow-Up, it is a great place to start reunion groups. Continue to support and encourage them to stay active in their reunion group.
For the next couple months take new members, or even old ones, to different VN events. Inform them of ways to become involved and where to get more information about upcoming events. Encourage them to support VN by attending the events and possibly even filling out a volunteer form for future service.
Support them in becoming a part of, or more active in, the church or youth group. Encourage and help them in their prayer and study habits. Support them in the changes and actions they feel God is calling them to make.
Become a cosponsor with the new member. Ensure that they know the responsibilities and expectations of a sponsor. Be a model sponsor for them.
While sponsorship is big responsibility, it is also a very rewarding act of love. Sponsorship is the most powerful gift of love you can give in VN. It is truly an amazing experience.
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