This is love

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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!

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I was on my game this year. A full two weeks ago, I had Valentine’s Day dinner reservations in place at not one but two restaurants — in case I needed a back-up plan. Now, why would I do this?

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    My 4-year-old sponsors a child in Zambia

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    For World Radio Day today, Arik Korman – Executive Director of The Bob Rivers Show on 95.7 KJR-FM in Seattle – writes about how his son AJ has grown up with sponsored children in his family, which has inspired AJ to want to help! The Bob Rivers Show is a long-time partner of World Vision, and has helped to connect more than 4,700 children around the world with sponsors.

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    Leaving your child behind when you travel to the other side of the world is tough on a parent. You want to lend your hand to help families in need, but at the same time you know you’re taking a calculated risk.

    I have been blessed to have journeyed with World Vision to developing countries eight times, the last three as a father to my 4-year-old son, AJ.

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      An extraordinary Sunday

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      While fans in Seattle and Denver were celebrating their football victories on Sunday, a different wave of excitement was sweeping through a small church community in Houston, Texas. Jim Gross is a World Vision Child Ambassador … this is his story.

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      What began as a typical Sunday for Child Ambassador Jim Gross ended with extraordinary results.

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        Ambassadors of hope for the Congo

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        World Vision's Child Ambassadors are a network of volunteers and sponsors who go out into their communities as advocates for child sponsorship. This year, they're aiming to maximize their impact by focusing their efforts on a new sponsorship community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called Ledia. Read why!

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        Of the 187 countries listed in the U.N.’s Human Development Index, which measures a population’s well-being, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at the very bottom: #187.

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          Top five ways in 2013 to give

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          2013 has been an amazing year (but maybe I’m biased; it was my first year with World Vision!) From responding to natural disasters and refugee crises to bringing clean water to a new person every 30 seconds, we’ve been doing great work around the world this year, and we look forward to continuing this work in 2014.

          You can help! Are you considering making one more tax-deductible donation before 2013 is over? Here are five categories that have been important in 2013 — to us, to our donors, and to the children we’re serving. Make your choice today!

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            Day 25: Share your life

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            Merry Christmas! As we look back over this holiday season of sharing joy, Sidney shares her thoughts about joy and how child sponsorship can help in today’s video.

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            Today, reflect back on the month and all the ways we’ve shared joy with each other and the world — and choose to share joy always!

             

            “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” —Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

             

            Share #Joy through sponsorship

            Merry Christmas!

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              Day 19: Share your inspiration

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              Who inspires you? Share a story with us, and read how Alvaro in Bolivia found inspiration through the letters he received from his World Vision sponsor!

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              Today’s challenge: Comment below and share a story with us about someone who inspires you.

               

              “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” —Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV)

               

              Alvaro, the future aviator

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                A gift unmatched

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                Last September, 8 World Vision bloggers traveled to Guatemala to witness child sponsorship at work. In today’s post, blogger Roo Ciambriello reflects back on that trip and recalls a moment at the end of our visit with Monica, a former sponsored child, that taught us all a beautiful lesson about giving. This post originally appeared on Roo’s blog, Neon Fresh.

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                I often think about Monica. Monica in Guatemala with the radiant smile and the beautiful soul and the poignant words that made me weep into my sleeves. You can read Monica’s story here.

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                  More than a basket

                  Brittany Small, campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, reflects on her trip to Malawi and meeting her six sponsored children.

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                    [Video] Children making sounds of hope

                    Last month, I led a bloggers trip to Guatemala to witness child sponsorship at work and experience a snapshot of the impact that World Vision is having on communities there.

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