Recent Posts By Matthew Brennan

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.

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!

Our top five blogs of 2014

Our top five blogs of 2014 | World Vision Blog

(Photo: 2011 Jon Warren/World Vision)

From stories about emergency responses like South Sudan, Iraq, and the U.S. Border … to guest bloggers like Rich Stearns, Matthew Paul Turner, and Eugene Cho … to one story that’s been read more than 50,000 times, it’s been quite a year!

See which five were your favorites.

Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision

Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision | World Vision Blog

This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.

In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!

Day 2: Giving Tuesday

Day 2: Giving Tuesday | World Vision Blog

This Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back — World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are coming together to make a difference in the lives of American women and girls living in poverty.

See how you can help!

Witnessing recovery in Tacloban

Witnessing recovery in Tacloban | World Vision Blog

Rosemarie with her 4-year-old daughter Winnie. She had spent her last money just to salvage pieces of their old home for shelter, but now her new house through World Vision is underway. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

In our work to fight against the root causes of poverty, it often takes a whole community to come to the aid of another community in need. That’s what you made happen a year ago for communities like Tacloban in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Our World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines this week marking the one-year anniversary of the storm and witnessing first-hand the remarkable progress that’s been made this past year and what’s still to come. Follow their trip right here!

Celebrating harvests around the world

Celebrating harvests around the world | World Vision Blog

18-month-old Aminat and his grandfather Ibrahim play in their fields at dawn in Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia. (Photo: ©2014 Alexander Whittle/World Vision)

Halloween traces its roots back to ancient harvest festivals.

Today, five of our staff writers from around the world – India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, and Bolivia – describe how the harvest season is traditionally celebrated in their part of the world!

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow

Missed harvest today, famine tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Families in South Sudan register to receive rations from World Vision. Lentils, sorghum, oil, and salt will help prevent malnutrition. (Photo: ©2014 James East/World Vision)

Today is World Food Day, a day dedicated to coming together in a global movement to end hunger.

One of the hungriest places in the world right now is South Sudan, where conflict has displaced 1.4 million people and created a dire food shortage for nearly 4 million.

Food aid provided by World Vision and other relief organizations has held off an official famine, but there is still a big question mark looming over 2015.

More than social justice

More than social justice | World Vision Blog

Noi (5, left) is learning the Lao alphabet in her Kindergarten classroom. She is sponsored through World Vision in Laos. (Photo: ©2014 Mark Nonkes/World Vision)

“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.” –Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Against all odds

Against all odds | World Vision Blog

Lopez Lomong and other Nike Pro runner team members training in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo: ©2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

“It feels like I am a million miles away from where I might have been, had God not interrupted my life from the course it was taking. I've gone from being a ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan to a proud U.S. citizen who is loved and cared for by so many people in this country – no longer ‘lost!’” –Lopez Lomong

Water for Mutchenda

Water for Mutchenda | World Vision Blog

A borehole being drilled — the 13th so far in Mutchenda. This World Vision community intervention will provide people with a convenient, reliable, and safe water source. (©2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Happening now: As World Vision child sponsorship gets started in our new Mutchenda community in Malawi, our rigs are already drilling boreholes to provide access to clean water!

Read how access to clean water can transform a community, and how you can help advocate for clean water.

The challenges of motherhood

The challenges of motherhood | World Vision Blog

Diana and her children drawing clean drinking water from a pipeline near their home in Kenya. (Photo: 2013 Kenneth Kibet/World Vision)

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, we celebrate and honor our mothers for the mothering they do every day of the year. We acknowledge the challenges they face, and we thank them for persevering.

This past week, three of our mom bloggers wrote about the challenges that mothers face around the world, in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, and India.

Check out their amazing perspectives on motherhood!

What Disney’s Frozen teaches us about childhood

What Disney’s Frozen teaches us about childhood | World Vision Blog

Children in Romania learn how to build a snowman. (Photo: 1993 Karen Homer/World Vision)

“Do you want to build a snowman?”

What Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated musical Frozen teaches us about childhood, love, and the importance of protecting children.

The children of Syria speak as year four begins

The children of Syria speak as year four begins | World Vision Blog

Syrian children come together in Jordan to write a message to the world. (Photo: World Vision)

As we mark the three-year anniversary of the Syrian refugee crisis today, the children of Syria speak out together, making an urgent plea to the world to listen. To help. Stand with World Vision in helping to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children.

Read more about this report written by children to the world.

Two different crises, three years later

Two different crises, three years later | World Vision Blog

Boys play outside at a Child-Friendly Space after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. (Photo: 2011 Kei Itoh/World Vision)

Three years ago today, the strongest earthquake ever to hit Japan and the subsequent tsunami devastated its northeastern coastal communities, killing more than 15,000 people.

Coincidentally, this weekend will mark three years since the start of the Syrian crisis that continues to impact millions of lives in the Middle East and beyond.

These notable anniversaries — both devastating — depict a marked difference between what the humanitarian world refers to as “slow-” versus “sudden-” onset emergencies.

Why should Christians care about Syria?

Why should Christians care about Syria? | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children in host communities are living invisible lives. Only one of the children shown above is enrolled in school. (Photo: 2013 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

In today’s blog, we ask a variety of Christian thought leaders why we as Christians should care about the conflict in Syria, a crisis that day to day often feels very far from us. Or someone else’s problem.

Hear what seven writers have to say about this question, including bloggers Ron Edmondson and Matthew Paul Turner, and our very own president, Rich Stearns.

Messages of love

Messages of love | World Vision Blog

Violet visiting her sponsored child Cedric and his family in Uganda, whom she sponsored at a Casting Crowns concert. (Photo: Violet Galaviz)

Looking ahead to Valentine's Day on Friday, we want to give thanks for the love you have shown us, our work, and the children and communities we serve around the world. We can't do this work without you! Thank you for your love … we love you, too!

In today's photoblog, five teams here at World Vision each highlight one of their supporters that has been influential and inspirational to them.