Recent Posts By Rich Stearns

Opening our hearts to the little children

Opening our hearts to the little children | World Vision Blog

Reflecting on the humanitarian crisis of vulnerable children along the U. S. border, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – writes that, following Jesus, "the best solutions come from a compassionate heart."

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later | World Vision Blog

The five-year anniversary special edition of The Hole in Our Gospel includes a 16-page full color infograph section illustrating poverty and church trends. (Photo: The Hole in Our Gospel)

Today, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – releases a special edition of his book The Hole in Our Gospel, marking five years since its original publication.

Read an excerpt sharing how the fight against global poverty has changed over the past five years, and what our call is today and for the future.

This is love

This is love | World Vision Blog

Sponsored children from Ban Rai Pattana school in Thailand make the “I love you” sign for their sponsors. (©2013 Keurkoon Phoomwittaya/World Vision)

Valentine's Day is an occasion to show love, but it's also a time to recognize love that's already been demonstrated. In honor of today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., writes about the many ways we show love — to each other and around the world — and how he's inspired again and again by the amazing love of our supporters!

God is at work

World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, released two new books last week! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God’s Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

Today, Rich describes the journey of writing these books and his encounters with God during his travels all around the world with Reneé and World Vision.

Indoor plumbing -- a devotional

Today, World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, are releasing two new books! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God's Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

Below is "Indoor Plumbing" -- a devotional from Rich about clean water in Ghana and the living water of the Holy Spirit.

A flood for clean water

There is no need for people to suffer because of filthy water. That's why World Vision, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Procter & Gamble are calling on friends, supporters, and partners to come together for the Flash Flood for Good.

Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., calls us all to make a difference today.

Kisongo Trek: The real deal

World Vision Experience provides interactive ways for communities across the United States to share a glimpse into what poverty looks like in the developing world and to understand first-hand the work that World Vision is doing to break the cycle of poverty.

Today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., introduces the new World Vision Experience, Kisongo Trek, and describes his visit to Tanzania where that Experience project all began.

Why World Vision? From "spare change" to lasting change

Ever wonder how your donations to World Vision make a difference?

Over the next few months, we're excited to share with you the vision of our ministry, exploring two areas -- how we work, and what difference it makes for those whom we serve.

Expect infographics, stories from the field, and Q&As with development experts each week as we highlight how our community development helps create freedom from poverty through a variety of interventions -- such as clean water, food, education, and economic development.

The Most Valuable Thing You Possess (excerpt from Unfinished)

Last Tuesday, Rich Stearns -- president of World Vision U.S. and best-selling author of The Hole in our Gospel -- launched his second book: Unfinished: Believing Is Only The Beginning.

Below is our second excerpt from the book, which explores God's plan for the world and how each and every one of us is called to a unique role in that mission.

Two churches, two sundays (excerpt from Unfinished)

This past Tuesday, Rich Stearns -- president of World Vision U.S. and best-selling author of The Hole in our Gospel -- launched his second book: Unfinished: Believing Is Only The Beginning.

Below is an excerpt from the book, which explores God's plan for the world and how each and every one of us is called to a unique role in that mission.

Good Friday: Investing where hope seems dead

One of the most remarkable sentences in all of Scripture comes from the thief who was hanging next to Jesus on the cross. Jesus was just hours from death, and, by all appearances, had failed in his Messianic role.

Just days before, Jesus had entered Jerusalem, hailed as a king with shouts of “Hosanna!” But then, Jesus was betrayed, tried, beaten, and nailed to the cross. In the eyes of the disciples and all of his followers, it was all over.

Inauguration Day: What’s Next?

On Martin Luther King Day, the national attention is centered on the start of Obama’s second administration. Following Election Day—when voters also approved a number of measures opposed by many Christians—many felt the country seemed to be headed in the wrong direction. At least, that’s how it appeared to some Christian leaders and commentators. One called it “a catastrophe for crucial moral concerns.” At the same time, the federal budget, political impasse, and a host of problems divide the nation. What are we, as Christians, to do?

Happy Thanksgiving from Rich Stearns

Dear Friends,

My hope for you this week is that you’ll experience the blessing of sitting at the Thanksgiving table with friends and family. I plan to enjoy Thanksgiving with my wife Reneé, several of my kids, and our grandson. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table and each share something that we are thankful for.

How much is a life worth?

In the news business, there's a saying that goes, “One dead fireman in Brooklyn is worth five English bobbies, who are worth fifty Arabs, who are worth five hundred Africans.” I quoted this in my first book, The Hole in Our Gospel.

It’s understandable that we identify and sympathize with the people closest to us. We have a harder time empathizing with people who are somehow removed -- whether geographically, culturally, religiously, or nationally. It’s normal.

But it’s not okay.

A good dad, an everyday hero

We don’t always appreciate the miracle of a plain and ordinary but good life. Too often, we fail to value the dad who is simply present. He helps out with schoolwork, shows up at Little League, and brings his paycheck home.

It’s easy to assume that human lives are meaningful when something special happens to make us pay attention. We celebrate the Olympic heroes, those who make great leaps in advancing science, or the industrial tycoons who create the products for which we are willing to stand hours in line. It’s the people we read about, the people we see on television, the decision-makers who really matter. The ordinary, faithful dad doesn’t rank.

Fighting famine is ineffective aid

It’s popular in the press to judge a charity by its efficiency. Donors want to know whether their money is being used effectively, and journalists play a valuable part in keeping organizations accountable.

Without downplaying the important role the media play in this respect, I believe the public’s concerns about effective aid would be better served if the press also paid attention to slow-building disasters early on -- before they begin claiming lives. Inefficient responses to disasters can cost as much as 80 times more than a well-planned early response.