Recent Posts By Matthew Brennan

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Chandra and Dan Brissette with their three children.

Meet Chandra and Dan Brissette: they lived in Damascus, Syria, while working with the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2004.

In today’s Q&A, they talk about how much they loved pre-war Syria, why they were inspired last fall to help refugees of the Syrian crisis — by starting a fundraiser for socks! — and their hopes for Syria’s tomorrow.

Unique solutions to unique poverties

Unique solutions to unique poverties | World Vision Blog

Blogger Ben Corey shows photos on his phone to children in Dr. Jacobo's batay. (Photo: Eugene Lee/World Vision)

A new post live from the Dominican Republic! Every unique version of poverty requires it's own custom solution. See how the programs we're visiting in the DR are doing just that!

And meet a young doctor who's demonstrating that communities can be stronger when they work together.

Beyond human comprehension

Beyond human comprehension | World Vision Blog

Photo: Rwanda, 1994 Jon Warren

In April of 1994, after decades of tension between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups, the assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president sparked the massacre of an estimated 800,000 people in a Hutu attempt to wipe out the minority Tutsi population. The genocide began in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali and quickly spread within the country, forcing millions to flee as refugees to neighboring countries.

The genocide ended 100 days later in July when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RFP) took over Kigali. They remain the political party in power today.

Three World Vision staff members who spent time in Rwanda during and just after the genocide give their testimonies—stories of unbelief at the inhumanity, but also of how the 20-year transition to peace and forgiveness is “beyond human comprehension.”

After crisis: The whole story

After crisis: The whole story | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children head home with crowns and painted faces after another fun day at a World Vision Child Friendly Space and Early Childhood Education center in Lebanon. (Photo: 2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When we talk about crisis—conflict, sickness, hunger—let’s tell the whole story: one that includes our response to what God is calling us to do in the face of hardship, knowing that in the end there can be courage, hope, and love.

See how World Vision is part of the whole story, and how we can be #GreaterTogether.

UPDATE: Our Zika virus response

UPDATE: Zika virus outbreak | World Vision Blog

Television update in Honduras. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

An update on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: what’s happening, how World Vision’s expertise with Ebola supports our response and prevention efforts, and what you can do today to help make a difference.

Making a difference, two gifts at a time

Making a difference, two gifts at a time | World Vision Blog

Women at God’s Ranch, a safe home near Tacoma, Washington, received Hope Kits last fall from Thirty-One Gifts and World Vision. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

Through our partnership with direct sales company Thirty-One Gifts, this Giving Tuesday we're making a difference for families in need two gifts at a time!

Read more about our partnership, the impact we're making around the world together, and how tomorrow your gift will make twice the difference.

Imagining a father who stays

Imagining a father who stays | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Reatrey's father left home a month ago to work in Thailand. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

This morning in Cambodia, we met four-year-old Reatrey!

Last month, her father left for Thailand to work and send money home, but this plan is risky and could put her family in a difficult situation.

Let's imagine a better story for her future … let's make it happen.

Hope for Hovhannes

Hope for Hovhannes | World Vision Blog

2-year-old Hovhannes with his parents and their World Vision sponsor, Matthew. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Hovhannes is two and lives with his parents in northern Armenia. Last month, he got to meet his sponsor, World Vision blog manager Matthew Brennan!

Having seen World Vision's work in Armenia up close, Matthew has high hopes for Hovhannes's future. See why …

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water

PHOTOBLOG: A sick girl gets clean water | World Vision Blog

Dorcas with her grandmother. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Dorcas is 9 and lives in the Bulanda community in Zambia.

When World Vision first met her, she was gathering water four times each day from a disgusting water hole, in which animals sometimes died. Dorcas was often sick with diarrhea.

But life is turning around for Dorcas! See the change in her life through photos.

Highlights from Armenia

Highlights from Armenia | World Vision Blog

The World Vision Bloggers on our way to visit a family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: Matthew Paul Turner)

Our Armenia Bloggers departed Yerevan not quite a week ago: jet lag is fading, we're returning to normal life … but we're all changed by our experience.

Take a look at some photo/video highlights from our trip and see what inspired us, what moved us, and how together we're already making a difference for the wonderful people of this beautiful country.

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!

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!

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!