Global child malnutrition needs global response

My son, Joshua, recently turned 16 months old. (As a new parent, I’ve learned that we track our young children’s ages by months or even days rather than by years.) As Joshua grows, I witness him becoming increasingly independent and stubborn, particularly when it comes to eating.

Eating has become a daily challenge and game. My wife and I have to transform every meal into an entertaining game of hide-and-seek or peekaboo in order to get him to eat. Then, in dramatic fashion, Joshua will start throwing his food on the floor to emphatically tell us that he is done.

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    The journey to becoming an advocate

    Beth Happick, co-chairwoman for the Baltimore chapter of Women of Vision, attended the 2012 Women of Vision National Conference in Washington, D.C., last month. Here, she shares some inspiring reflections on how the conference helped her become a passionate advocate for those suffering from poverty, injustice, and oppression around the world.

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      Child trafficking is no joke

      For more than a year, World Vision has advocated for reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The law, which represents the cornerstone of U.S.

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        Do you feel a stirring in your gut?

        In late February, some 4,000 people from across the Unites States descended upon the “City of Roses” for two days. They didn’t travel hundreds or thousands of miles for a major sporting event or to see some famous music band.

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          Seizing the "Kony" moment

          People are still talking about Joseph Kony. We'll say it again: That’s a good thing.

          The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is gone from northern Uganda, but thousands upon thousands of children are still vulnerable to violence or are recovering from the LRA’s violent oppression.

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            An open letter to the presidential candidates

            Dear presidential candidate,

            I consider myself a good citizen and a patriot. I take pride in my country and care about the well-being of my fellow Americans. I want America to prosper. I hope that the United States will be a global leader for good, far into the 21st century.

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              From baby refugee to mother, wife, and World Vision staffer

              Every woman has a story. And, like all stories, if you change one page, one paragraph, or even one word, you could change her story.

              This is my story.

              I was born a girl into a culture that still prefers and elevates boys. I was born into a war-torn country whose new government had stripped its citizens of all their rights and freedoms.

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                What does "social justice" really mean?

                Social justice is a catch-all term that has gone through many seasons of being en vogue and then going out of favor, often suffering from competing definitions and vastly different interpretations. It's like Silly Putty -- that popular substance we used to play with as kids that can be twisted and contorted into whatever shape your heart desires.

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                  Four things any church can do to address global poverty

                  Churches and pastors are often eager to respond to the problems of global poverty and injustice. Yet before they take steps to address these problems, pastors -- like anyone else -- want to know how they can make a difference. Because there are so many hurting people whose communities face complex obstacles, I’m frequently asked what one person or one church can do.

                  If you’re a fellow church or ministry leader, you know that God doesn’t promise that the odds will always be in our favor when accomplishing the work He has set before us.

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                    From apathy to advocacy for the sake of the gospel

                    Having worked in many churches and Christian communities, I have seen numerous well-intentioned Christ-followers living simple lifestyles, but apathetic to many of the world’s travesties around them.

                    We are well-meaning and profess to love Jesus. We care about our neighbors -- those we encounter on rare occasions. We give money to the church and to the poor, but often, we don’t know any poor people by name.

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