Margaret in my heart

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Our wonderful writer Kari Costanza reflects today in memoriam of her friend Margaret from Uganda on her recent return trip to Gulu.

Read how World Vision sponsors brought joy and fresh hope to the families Kari visited, as they had to Margaret, and how memories of their friendship strengthened Kari on her trip.

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I was just in Gulu, Uganda, a place made infamous by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. From the 1990s until 2006, Kony made life a living hell in northern Uganda, abducting children—both boys and girls—into his army. The boys he forced into fighting; the girls he made soldiers’ “wives.”

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    Godly giving through relationship

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    What does it mean to give biblically? The Old Testament models a 10-percent tithe — but what about the New Testament? Anna Goodworth, a member of the Hartford Women of Vision chapter, reflects on that today: "Without a consistent relationship with the poor, we cannot sustain giving or the desire to give as God intended."

    Read more about how God called Anna into relationship…and what He wanted of her.

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    Do remember the first time you went on a missions trip or saw poverty up close through a trip, a story, or a cause? Remember that passion?

    I remember coming home from a trip to Haiti in college, and I wanted to sell all my stuff, live simply, and give all I had to the poor. Yet slowly my previous spending habits came back and my heart was dulled.

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      The contagious joy of sponsorship

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      Over the past 9 years, our partnership with Family Christian stores has changed the lives of 150,000 children through sponsorship! Come celebrate this landmark with us this weekend!

      Today, Carrie Caddell – administrator for this partnership – tells the story of Jennifer, a Family Christian employee who has found joy through her relationship with a child.

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      Jennifer’s joy is contagious. When you walk into the Family Christian store where she works, the mood is light and uplifting. Worship music plays over the audio system and Jennifer is helping a customer complete a purchase. She begins talking with them about World Vision child sponsorship and tells them her own story …

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        A safe harbor

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        World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on taking sanctuary in her church's parking lot while being stuck in a snow storm last weekend, and how World Vision and our supporters are able to provide a safe harbor for millions of children around the world.

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        Last Saturday, I celebrated a milestone birthday with my dear friend Laura Reinhardt, also celebrating a milestone birthday. I won’t tell you which. We did our favorite things – walking and talking for five miles around Green Lake, following by a dinner at a spectacular restaurant to which we also walked called Tilth. At Tilth, I discovered Porcini Brulee – my new favorite of the Brulee family.

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          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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