[Sri Lanka Bloggers] The crowd waiting for us in the street, and my new hero

Shawn Smucker traveled with the World Vision blogger team to Sri Lanka last week, visiting with children, families, and communities whose lives have been changed by our work made possible through child sponsorship.

In this post, he describes his experience receiving a very warm welcome from residents of an area where World Vision is concluding its development work, which has equipped the community to become self-sufficient and sustainable.

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    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sri Lanka: A tale of two fathers

    World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Darrell Dow compares his own worries and uncertainties with that of another father, whom he met in Sri Lanka while traveling with our blogger team to witness firsthand the impacts of World Vision's child sponsorship programs.

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      [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Married at 13

      World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Allison Olfelt shares about her remarkable encounter with a young women who was forced into marriage at the age of 13 -- and became pregnant shortly thereafter. The girl's story is a heart-wrenching one -- but thanks to World Vision sponsorship, her daughters can avoid becoming trapped in a similar situation.

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        [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Giving locally, giving globally

        Laura Tremaine is traveling with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka this week, visiting children, families, and communities whose lives have been impacted by World Vision's work through our sponsorship programs.

        Today, she discusses a provocative question: How do we make international assistance a priority when the need is so great right here in the United States?

        Read on for her thoughts -- and then share your own!

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          [Sri Lanka Bloggers] When aid ends

          Roxy Wieman, traveling this week with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka, shares her experience with a question that's not often considered but is equally important to World Vision's work: What happens when our development efforts are complete -- and how do we know when a community is ready to be self-sufficient?

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            [Sri Lanka Bloggers] We are one, but we're not the same

            As the Sri Lanka bloggers continue their journey experiencing firsthand how World Vision sponsorship helps transform the lives of children and families in poverty, Joy Bennett shares a collection of pictures of a special moment -- meeting her two sponsored boys.

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              [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meet Afra, and your life may change

              Tony Jones is traveling with World Vision's blogger team in Sri Lanka, experiencing firsthand the impact of our sponsorship programs on the lives of children and families in need. Here, he shares this touching story of meeting 8-year-old Afra, his sponsored child. We hope our readers are as inspired by it as we were.

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                [Sri Lanka Bloggers] The Sri Lankan people: An introduction

                Allison Olfelt, traveling with our Sri Lanka blogger team this week to see firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs work, presents a snapshot of her first interactions with the people of this island nation.

                Allison's post originally appeared on her blog, O My Family.

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                  [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Five reasons why I do this

                  This week, our blogger team is in Sri Lanka to see firsthand how World Vision's work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through sponsorship. Matthew Paul Turner, one of the eight bloggers, shares why he's along for the trip.

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                    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] An invitation and challenge to Theoblogy readers

                    Tony Jones has built a community of readers who discuss faith and theology on his blog, Theoblogy. But as Tony prepares to head to Sri Lanka with World Vision, he has a new challenge for his readers: to move beyond discussion and into action.

                    Read on to learn how Tony has invited his readers into the Sri Lanka journey.

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