Last month, Lon Crow received a visa to visit Iran to personally meet some of his sixteen children he has sponsored in memory of his late wife, Mariam. Below is a letter reflecting on his experience.
I had the great fortune to visit Child Foundation's affiliate in Esfahan, Iran. While there, I observed two things: a bridge and the future. I had the great fortune to marry a daughter of Iran, my precious Mariam. Mariam introduced me to her native country and gave me the gift of understanding a country that I had gotten all wrong. Mariam also gave me the gift of boundless empathy and compassion for all others.
My journey to the Child Foundation's office in Esfahan was driven by a desire to see Mariam’s legacy continue in her memory. In Child Foundation, I found an organization that would accomplish the things Mariam would want most: to help the future and build a bridge between the United States and Iran. In Esfahan, I saw the future in the faces of children sponsored in her memory and I experienced a bridge between two countries. I would like to thank Child Foundation for allowing Mariam to contribute to the future and building a bridge. She would be most proud.
I would also like to highlight the astounding commitment of the staff. I saw many beautiful sites in Esfahan, but the one I will remember most is the sea of waving hands and kindness the day I left that office. In those hands the future is indeed bright. I would encourage my fellow Americans to make it as bright as possible.