Recent Posts By Matthew Brennan

Tornado in Oklahoma: World Vision Responds

Updated! As World Vision responds to the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, we rely on your continued prayers and support. Walk with us as we stay informed of what's happened, what's happening now, and what World Vision is doing in the devastated communities.

Q&A: "WASH" programs, past, present, & future

In today's Q&A, Randy Strash, World Vision's senior manager of water, sanitation, and hygiene programs (WASH), delves into the effectiveness of our work to bring clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene to the communities we serve.

[Video] How World Vision works: Bringing hope

Poverty is not simply a lack of material provision. It's also an emotional and psychological state caused by a lack of resources.

Today, we have a great little video that illustrates World Vision's approach to fighting poverty: developing communities and bringing them hope.

[Photos] A beginning and an end

Today, two photographers bring you snapshots from two different communities: the first in Burundi as it prepares to begin a World Vision development program, and the second in Sri Lanka as it completes its program and celebrates the work that has been accomplished.

[Video] Jason thanks his mother for his education

Jason was a sponsored child from Vida Nueva, a World Vision program in Costa Rica. The community completed its 15-year process in 2012. Challenged to make a video about education, Jason decided to interview his mother, thanking her for the opportunities she has worked to give him.

[Book Launch] Unfinished: Why believing is only the beginning

The Gospels present a sweeping, holistic view of the lives Jesus calls us to lead as His followers. But modern-day Christianity tends to sell this message short: We go about our daily routines believing that if we live morally, respect each other, and believe in Christ, we’re all set.

Unfinished, the latest book by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., presents a more complete model for what it means to follow Christ: “Believing is only the beginning.”

The breadth of devastation: Sichuan earthquakes, 2008 and 2013

On May 12, 2008, I had plane tickets that less than three weeks later were to take me from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and then on to Chengdu, China, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwestern region of the country. But that day, a massive earthquake struck Sichuan.

And just this past Saturday, another one hit.

[Video] Melka's story: Child bride to advocate for girls

We first brought you the story of Melka in Ethiopia last year. Today, we're excited to present this video depiction of the remarkable young woman's journey.

Melka was 14 years old when, to her surprise, her parents married her off to an older man from another village whom she didn't even know. When Melka resisted him later that evening, he and his friends beat her severely. She woke up in the hospital.

Top 10: Register your wedding with World Vision's Gift Catalog

Wedding season starts next month! Are you getting married, but feel like you already have everything you need to start a home together? Use the day that will change your lives forever to help change lives all around the world!

With World Vision's My Gift Catalog application, you can create your own personalized fundraising webpage where others are invited to donate meaningful gifts. Here are our top 10 Gift Catalog recommendations for your wedding registry.

WORLD WATER DAY!

Today is World Water Day. Help World Vision and our partners bring sustainable access to clean water -- and the health, economic, and educational benefits it provides -- to the world.

Here's what we're doing:

World Poetry Day: "Padre" / "Father" by Senna (featured in Girl Rising)

The 10x10 campaign film, Girl Rising, features a teenager named Senna, who lives in a mountain community in Peru. While pursuing her education, she discovered a passion and wonderful talent for poetry.

Today, in celebration of World Poetry Day, we bring you "Padre" ("Father") by Senna.

Girl Rising: 9 Prayers for 9 Girls

In honor of International Women’s Day today and in celebration of yesterday’s premiere of 10X10’s new film Girl Rising, we want to pray for each of the girls featured in the film, the communities they represent, and World Vision’s work in some those communities. Two girls in the film come from World Vision project areas.

Changing the world, one game at a time

This week, World Vision is celebrating the launch of Half the Sky Movement: The Game.

Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, this new game is an online adventure that aims to reach mainstream audiences to raise both awareness and donations to empower women and girls around the world.