The joy of a letter

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While World Vision's child sponsorship program is life-changing for millions of children and families around the world, the most exciting part for many sponsored children is the relationship they build with their sponsors!

See why 12-year-old Saro in Cambodia loves her sponsor's cards so much … and how her community has changed over the past 8 years.

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After receiving a card from her World Vision sponsor, 12-year-old Saro rushes to meet her friends, shows them the card, and lets them take turns reading the letter, which is translated into the Khmer language.

In the colorful card, her sponsor writes: “We are thinking of you. Keep doing your best. Put others first. Trust in Him with cares for us.”

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    A guardian angel for a Honduran family

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    Maria's family in Honduras fell into hard times when her husband left her and her children … until they were registered for sponsorship.

    Read how her son's sponsor, Bob, who cares for their whole family, has been as "if God had put for them a guardian angel,” according to Maria, and how her twin sons are following in his footsteps!

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    Twins Erick Rodeney and Erick Geovany share so many things. They look alike. They sleep in the same room. They attend the same school, study the same subjects, eat the same food, do the same chores.

    But one thing they don’t share is a World Vision child sponsor, a man named Bob from the United States. Bob has sponsored Erick R. since he was about 2 years old.

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      Jennifer’s gift

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      Often in the communities where World Vision works, blessings abound.

      Two weeks ago, our writer Kari Costanza discovered a new blessing: Mercy, a young mother in Zambia whose village believed her possessed because she had malaria so often, her 7 year old son Steven, and their whole village no longer get malaria!

      Kari also discovered that the American couple that sponsors Steven are her friends! And the greatest gift to Mercy and Steven. Read their story!

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      I’ll be honest. One of the reasons I love reporting stories in the field for World Vision is that I see God at work. The work is challenging and often heartbreaking, but along the way, blessings abound.

      It happened today.

      World Vision photographer Jon Warren and I were reporting a story on malaria in Hamaundu, Zambia, interviewing Mercy Mumbala, 27, a mother of five. Malaria did more than nearly kill her. It made her the town freak show.

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        Juliet needs a sponsor!

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        On her recent trip to Uganda, World Vision writer Kari Costanza met Juliet, a 5-year-old girl whose family is struggling and can't send her to school.

        We've just registered Juliet for our child sponsorship program. All she needs now is a sponsor. Read her story and see how you can help her and her family!

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        For never was a story of more woe
        Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

            —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

        If ever a story needed a happy ending, it would be that of 5-year-old Juliet.

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          Ashik’s everlasting smile

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          Nothing can take away Ashik’s smile! His father no longer has to sit at home jobless, thanks to World Vision sponsorship. The family no longer suffers from hunger, and the brothers are attending school.

          Read how sponsorship has helped this family smile again!

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          There is nothing that can snatch Ashik’s smile from his face anymore. His smile endures from morning to night, from the playground to his school, and from the field to home. He no longer suffers from hunger now, and he enjoys the opportunity of going to school and playing with his friends.

          Little Ashik, 7 years old, is happy knowing that his dreams are going to come true, as his elder brother Biplob's dream came true. Very recently, Biplob passed the secondary school certificate examination with good results. His second brother, Bipul, is also doing well in grade 4.

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            Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning

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            Child sponsorship is just getting started in Mutchenda, World Vision's newest community in Malawi!

            Hundreds of children are newly registered and waiting for sponsors ... this week we want to find 100 founding sponsors to launch this new community!

            Meet Mutchenda through our video, and read about the community's needs and the work that's already begun.

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            Sponsorship is just getting started in the Mutchenda Community of Malawi, which suffers from a lack of income sources, limited health services, dirty water, and overpopulated classrooms. But the community has so much hope for what’s to come – they believe that their children deserve better.

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              A gift of hope

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              Henry is 6 and lives in Malawi. His parents used to struggle to grow crops and make a living working various jobs.

              Read how Henry's sponsorship and the goat he received through World Vision changed their lives and is helping them realize a future filled with hope!

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              A joyous feeling springs from the cheeks of little Henry. Nothing can dampen the young boy’s excitement as his sole treasure — a goat he received through World Vision’s sponsorship program a couple of years ago — has just given birth to another kid. Henry now boasts of having four goats!

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                See how sponsorship changes a community

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                Meet 4-year-old Senderlie, who lives with her family in a Haitian community called Bassin Diaman … who is waiting for a sponsor.

                Read how sponsorship creates a special journey for children and how sponsors become a part of that story and the story of their whole community!

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                At just 4 years old, Senderlie enjoys spending her days playing with dolls. She lives in a Haitian community called Bassin Diaman. Her parents both work as farm laborers, but they struggle to meet Senderlie and her three sisters’ daily needs. Right now, she’s waiting for a sponsor to support her and her community and make both stronger.

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                  Passionate about being a child sponsor

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                  By responding to God's call to be involved in the lives of others, Jennifer Erickson became a child sponsor and then a Child Ambassador.

                  Read about her journey to witness the transformation that sponsorship inspires in children's lives around the world!

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                  For Christmas in 2007, Jennifer Erickson searched for something to give to her father. When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he would simply say that he just wanted to see his children. But she wanted a meaningful gift for him.

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                    Show us your sponsored child, send us your selfie!

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                    We want to honor our child sponsors this week — and that means we want to see your smile!

                    Send us a selfie of you holding up a photo of your sponsored child or children (like the ones shown here). When you do, we'll include it in a video we're creating for the world to see on our Facebook page!

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                    There's something special about getting pictures and letters from your sponsored child. I've experienced it myself. Three years ago, I met Claudia, my sponsored girl in Guatemala. She was 8 years old at the time.

                     

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