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[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.

The problem with a breadless Gospel

The problem with a breadless Gospel | World Vision Blog

Yesterday, the World Vision Bloggers visited the home of Mariam, 3, and Varhan, 4 in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works" –James 2:14

Blogger and author Jarrid Wilson writes from Armenia: "We cannot ignore the needs of those around us."

Light a candle, plant a tree

Light a candle, plant a tree | World Vision Blog

The Cathedral of St. Etchmiatsin, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

After the World Vision Bloggers' first day in Armenia—visiting Etchmiatsin Cathedral and the genocide memorial—Addie Zierman reflects on the ways in which we bear witness to tragedy and poverty, and how we can respond to suffering.

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God | World Vision Blog

Church in Armenia. (Photo: 2014 Nune Hayrapetyan/World Vision)

The World Vision Bloggers are in Armenia!

Author, speaker, and blogger Matthew Paul Turner kicks us off with a reflection on the story of Noah's Ark, Armenia's long and complex history, and his hopes for this trip.

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia | World Vision Blog

Yerevan, Armenia with a view of Mt. Ararat. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Our Armenia Bloggers Trip starts this week!

Join us on our journey to the land of Noah and of second chances as we explore how World Vision tackles the root causes of poverty in this ancient Christian nation … and during the cold, bitter winter.

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people

PHOTOBLOG: Secretly incredible people | World Vision Blog

"If we want to end global poverty, it starts with mothers and children." (Photo: 2014 Branden Harvey)

Last fall, photographer and storyteller Branden Harvey traveled with our Advocacy team to visit our maternal and child health programs in Zimbabwe!

Today's photoblog captures his journey and the "secretly incredible people" he met along the way.

Radio-Active

Radio-Active | World Vision Blog

Village health workers gather under a mango tree to listen to an Obbanywa radio broadcast. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Radio Day!

See how “Obbanywa,” a World Vision-produced radio program in Uganda, helps to train volunteer village health team members to identify and treat deadly diseases like malaria!

The power of a grandmother’s love

The power of a grandmother’s love | World Vision Blog

Elizabeth with 2 of her 24 grandchildren in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Collins Kaumba/World Vision)

Elizabeth in Zambia is the matriarch of her family. But this grandmother's primary role isn't only to love and dote on them … she's their provider. And for the past few years, she has struggled.

Through her church and a variety of World Vision programs, Elizabeth can now show her love to her family through food, education, health, and a life transformed out of poverty!

Caring for equality

Caring for equality | World Vision Blog

Traditional Armenian Noury dolls. (Photo: Yeva Avakyan/World Vision)

“Armenia has one of the most imbalanced sex ratios at birth in the world.” (UNFPA)

In Armenia, World Vision is working with men, women, and youth in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of prenatal sex selection.

Yeva Avakyan, our senior advisor for gender and formerly on staff with our office in Armenia, describes prenatal sex selection and how World Vision addresses this issue.

The faces that stay with you

The faces that stay with you | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee Ghaziyye with her one of her 4-year-old twin daughters in Lebanon. (Photo: 2013 Lauren Fisher/World Vision)

13-year-old Oujelan. Ghaziyye and her twin girls. 4-year-old Saad, who's forgotten how to play—these are some of the faces that have stayed with today's writer, Lauren Fisher, who visited Lebanon a year ago.

Today, Lauren reflects on the people she met and celebrates the ways that World Vision's work with the Syrian refugees has helped them and many more, and continues.

Syria: Refugees in winter

Syria: Refugees in winter | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2015 Ralph Baydoun/World Vision

World Vision’s Sevil Omer recently traveled to the Middle East, serving with our Syria crisis response, based in Amman, Jordan. She shares insights and the latest from our work providing winter relief to the most vulnerable affected by Syria’s conflict: Children.

Join us as we partner with One Day's Wages to double your ability to help children and families displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq! For every dollar you give to One Day's Wages' World Vision campaign, they will match, up to $50,000.

Syrian refugees: Four years in crisis

Syrian refugees: Four years in crisis | World Vision Blog

Children displaced from their homes by conflict are living in makeshift, inadequate shelter during this cold winter. (Photo: 2014 Mary Kate MacIsaac/World Vision)

This week, we're partnering with One Day's Wages to double your ability to help children and families displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq! For every dollar you give to One Day's Wages' World Vision campaign, they will match, up to $50,000.

Today, read where the past four years of crisis have taken the people of Syria and World Vision's journey to assist them, then give and watch it be doubled!

Transforming lives with clean water

Transforming lives with clean water | World Vision Blog

Today, Dr. Greg Allgood—World Vision USA vice president for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—reflects on a recent trip to the village of Duke in Malawi.

See how clean water transformed the lives of the people of Duke, from "I didn't think we were going to make it" to "a little piece of paradise"!

When Moses got milk

When Moses got milk | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision

Our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon are in Rwanda this week! On Tuesday, they met 11-year-old Moses, an orphan who was brought back from the brink of death by milk.

See how cows and a pay-it-forward spirit are helping to transform Rwandan communities and young lives.

Justice as a theological necessity

Justice as a theological necessity | World Vision Blog

Children in Rwanda read their Bible. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Pastor, author, and founder of The Justice Conference, Ken Wytsma writes today about the phrase "theology of justice," which means that "our understanding of God should compel justice."

Does this mandate from God also include social justice?

Motherhood, loss, and hope in Zimbabwe

Motherhood, loss, and hope in Zimbabwe | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2014 Diana Stone

After losing a child, and even after childbirth, mothers need time to heal. In Zimbabwe, they don't always get that time, which endangers their health and the health of their families.

Guest blogger Diana Stone writes today about her recent World Vision trip to visit mothers and children in Zimbabwe and to see how World Vision is working to keep them healthy!

Raising a family after disaster

Raising a family after disaster | World Vision Blog

Bellanda, 10 years old when the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, attends a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Port-au-Prince. (Photo: 2010 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Bellanda was 10 years old when the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti. Afterward, she and her family are still able to pursue their big dreams for the future:

“I want to be a children’s doctor one day because I like babies,” Bellanda said.

See how World Vision's programs in the quake's aftermath set this family on the road to recovery.