How to spread love across the world

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When building relationships with their sponsored children, most of our sponsors find themselves sending that love long-distance.

Hear from Kelly, who blogs at Virtually Yours, about how she builds relationships over distance and over time, and how love has made the world feel just a little bit smaller.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spread love, whether with a card, a phone call, or even an old-fashioned letter. Remember those? We used to write on beautiful stationery, put it in an envelope, and put a stamp on it. Then we would either take it out to the mailbox on our street or find a local mailbox. How exciting it was to get a piece of mail! I wonder how many Valentine’s cards are handed to the recipient versus mailed today?

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    Seeing the faces of the world

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    David Henriksen has been a sponsor with World Vision since 2003 and is the CEO of iDisciple.

    Today, he writes about what is most powerful about seeing the faces of his sponsored children, and ponders how Jesus sees the faces of the people in our world.

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    In late October of 2016, I had the privilege and opportunity to speak at World Vision’s weekly chapel. I have spoken hundreds of times in front of large crowds, but I was unusually nervous for this one. I have been a child sponsor with World Vision since 2003 and now work for iDisciple, a corporate partner to World Vision.

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      Four ways to connect your teens with the world

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      Raising teens can be tough. With their full schedules, how do you balance school, friends, and activities while still finding room to teach them about important issues in the world?

      Blogger Nicole Wick gives four tips for how to help your kids better understand global poverty.

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      Let’s face it, our kids our busy people. I have a teen and a tween at home, and their schedules are full with school, friends, and activities. When our lives are busy and our choices for entertainment are limitless, how can parents find ways to teach teens and tweens about issues that are important?

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        Domino effects of hope—you never know what you might start

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        Has sponsoring a child changed your life? Your family’s life? Your support transforms the life of a child’s, but what if it also impacted the lives of hundreds of people, for decades to come?

        That’s what’s happening right now in the Dominican Republic! Meet Doctor Jacobo:

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        Many years ago, an American family made a decision to sponsor a child named Jose Nicolas Ramirez.

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          Generosity passed on

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          If you gave your kids $50 but then told them they had to give it to someone else, how would they react? That’s what author Debbie Macomber did this spring with her new Easter family tradition.

          See how her grandchildren responded:

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          Easter is one of Wayne’s and my favorite times we have with our family. From the beginning when our grandkids were toddlers we’ve held an Easter Egg hunt at our house. Most of them are teenagers now, but they still expect to collect those plastic eggs and quarters.

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            We do it better when we do it together

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            In the Dominican Republic, people we’re helping to empower are asking themselves, “How do we improve the lives of everyone in this community?”

            Their answer? By working together! 

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            I grew up in the United States, which means I grew up in an individualistic culture. Human cultures are oriented on certain frameworks, and one of them is a balance between collectivism (focusing on what’s good for the group) versus individualism (placing a higher value on the individual). This individualistic approach to seeing the world and one’s self becomes deeply ingrained within us, often going unnoticed until we see culture express itself in a different way.

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              Are you the protagonist of your life story?

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              Are you the protagonist in your own life story … with God as the Author?

              Join blogger Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Momas she meets youth in the Dominican Republic who are becoming leaders in God's story and inspiring others to embrace their own identity. 

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              Many times we refer to God as the author of life. I certainly hold this as truth, and this belief has both created conflict within myself and given me inspiration. I can illustrate this with two of my most recurring thoughts:

              If God is the author, why is there so much tragedy in my story?

              If God is the author, there must be a happy ending to my story.

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                Beautiful giving | Bella bondad

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                Blogger Daily Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, and remembering her childhood, writes: "World Vision has given me hope."

                Two weeks ago, Daily returned to her homeland with our bloggers to visit that hope in person. Today, see the DR through Daily's eyes.

                Leerlo en español también!

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                A beautiful giving! I heard somewhere that life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps, you can achieve your goal. My goal was sharing my journey and having a community in which we share the same passion and struggles. Sometimes those baby steps toward your goal show you that along the way, it is not about the destination itself, it’s more about the journey.

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                  A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV

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                  Happy Mother's Day!

                  Last week, Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Mom—joined our World Vision Bloggers in the Dominican Republic, where we met an amazing mother: Milagros, or "miracles."

                  Meet this miracle mom with us and see her journey from hardship to being positive about having HIV.

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                  She kept saying “I’m so grateful,” and she couldn’t stop smiling. I was instantly inspired by her sense of pride and the light that radiated through her beautiful brown eyes.

                  I think it is no accident that her name, Milagros, means “miracles.” That’s what you experience in her presence.

                  I couldn’t help but stare at her and just soak it all in. She is a loving mom, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to many.

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                    8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic

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                    Food blogger Melissa Bailey (Hungry Food Love) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and returned to her homeland last week with the World Vision Bloggers!

                    Take a tour of eight stories she experienced that nourished her soul, and the top five things she learned about World Vision.

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                    Visiting the Dominican Republic, where I am currently writing from, has always been a big deal. I was born and raised in this beautiful country, and even though I no longer live here, this will always be my home. When I plan a trip back, I spend every minute daydreaming about what I will get to do, see, and try during my stay.

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