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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                  The challenges of motherhood

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                  Happy Mother’s Day! Today, we celebrate and honor our mothers for the mothering they do every day of the year. We acknowledge the challenges they face, and we thank them for persevering.

                  This past week, three of our mom bloggers wrote about the challenges that mothers face around the world, in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, and India.

                  Check out their amazing perspectives on motherhood!

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                  Jill Anderson: “A mother’s wish”

                  The challenges of motherhood | World Vision Blog
                  (Photo: 2013 Annila Harris/World Vision)

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                    On motherhood, sponsorship, and a little girl named Zawadi

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                    Mother, sponsor, and author Micha Boyett writes today about her first book – Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer – released last month, along with the joys and challenges of both motherhood and sponsorship, and the role that grace has played in both.

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                    Sixteen years ago, I began sending letters and stickers to a little girl named Zawadi who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country ravaged then (in 1998) — and still ravaged now — by devastating violence.

                    I found Zawadi’s sweet face in a stack of photos one Thursday night after a spokesperson from another sponsorship organization shared about the needs of children in the most desperate places of the world. I was a sophomore in college, with a limited amount of spending money and a love for Africa.

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