The power of saying “Yes”

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While saying no can feel comfortable, the greatest version of ourselves, of who God made us to be, often lies just on the other side of “Yes.”

What is it in your life that’s calling out for your yes today?

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In January of 2016, I set a goal to run a 10K later in the year. Up until that point, I had run casually for years, but never really wanted to push myself farther. I was comfortable, and I was okay with that. But I wanted to go just a little farther than I had before.

It turns out that my 10K goal was just the beginning of an epic, life-changing year.

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    Investing from the heart

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    Asking others to help you fundraise can feel awkward and scary. But it doesn’t have to. Maybe instead of asking for help from their wallet, you can invite them to invest their heart in a cause you believe in.

    Here are three ways to help you overcome your fear of fundraising!

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    You hurt for the poorest children of the world. You want to do something. You give of your own financial resources, but there’s something inside that wants to do more. You want to rally the troops, start a movement, and do something BIG. But what?

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      Three Kentucky Derbies for clean water

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      At the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 3-year-old thoroughbred horses will race for 10 furlongs. Also on May 6, people will come together worldwide to walk or run 30 furlongs—three Kentucky Derbies—for clean water.

      David Henriksen, CEO of iDisciple, grew up in Kentucky, but this year will be spending his first Saturday in May a little differently.

      Which race will you be part of on May 6?

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      May 6 is the first Saturday in May. It is a huge day. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and those of us from the Bluegrass State know the first Saturday in May as “The Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports” or the “Run for the Roses.” The first Saturday in May is when the world’s best 3-year-old thoroughbred horses line up to run a mile and a quarter at the famous Kentucky Derby.

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        Seeing the real faces of the global water crisis

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        663 million people don't have clean water. It's a difficult number to imagine. But it's time to start putting real faces to this number.

        Start with one. Because one more child with clean water brings 663 million down to 662,999,999. And one by one we can bring clean water to children across the globe.

        See a great place to start!

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        663 million people in the world lack access to clean water. That’s more than twice the population of the United States! More alarming is the fact that preventable disease caused by drinking contaminated water kills more people each year than war, HIV/AIDS, and traffic accidents combined.

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          Nivesh begins to dream of water and beyond

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          Without clean water, you and your clothes stay dirty. Imagine being too ashamed to go to church. To school. Without hope or community around you.

          Nivesh is a girl whose dreams were dying before they ever had a chance. See how the promise of clean water is giving new life to her dreams!

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          I have never encountered so many people who were so ashamed to be dirty as I did on a recent trip to Zambia. Mother after mother told me how they wouldn’t go to church—how they were either busy fetching water and couldn’t go, or feeling so dirty that they didn’t want to mingle with other people.

          When you are hopeless, you need community. A lack of water—and how dirty the water was when they finally found it and got it back home in a bucket—was denying these women community.

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            The power of running together

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            Every day, 1,000 children die from preventable diseases caused by unsafe drinking water.

            You can change that!

            Every step you take together with your friends in our Global 6K for Water is a step a child doesn't have to.

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            One year ago, I was browsing the Internet searching for local races. I came across World Vision’s Global 6K for Water. I did a little bit of research to learn more about the need, and I was horrified to learn that:

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              Addressing the root causes of emigration in Honduras

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              The best way to address emigration is through a comprehensive community development effort that unleashes the incredible spirit of the Honduran people. World Vision has been able to tap into their faith and spirit, and it's creating opportunity that is stopping emigration and transforming lives.

              See our four-year plan to help bring clean water and a path to a prosperous future to Honduras!

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              Behind only Haiti, Honduras is the second poorest country in Latin America. The devastating poverty and violence from gangs and drug lords result in many people deciding to flee to the United States for a better life.

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                A partnership to reach millions with sustainable clean water

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                Our goal is to provide sustainable clean water and sanitation to every person in every place where we work. To achieve this goal, we have to make our methods even better!

                See the specific ways in which we’ve partnered with a research institute to do this, and meet the people whose futures are already changing for the better.

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                World Vision is committed to working with our partners to provide sustainable clean water and sanitation to everyone everywhere we work, and in order to fulfill this vision, we need to improve our approach—doing some things differently and some things more efficiently. 

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                  A unique partnership that uses green energy to provide water

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                  Jeneta is 59 and used to carry 40 pounds of water on her head, uphill, with her granddaughter on her back. But not anymore.

                  Today, her village in Zambia has clean water brought right to them … and it's all solar powered!

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                  World Vision works in some of the most remote areas in the world to provide clean water and help lift people out of poverty. Today, we’re thankful for our sturdy 4-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance as we splash through knee deep water and mud to reach a rural village in Zambia.

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                    Joseph the dairy farmer

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                    In many World Vision communities, our development work often begins with clean water, but long-term it's much more comprehensive! 

                    From clean water to farming training to small business support, see what transformation means for Joseph, a dairy farmer in Zambia. 

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                    On a recent trip to Zambia, I witnessed World Vision’s work to lift people out of poverty through a comprehensive community development effort. I was in the Magoye area of the Mazabuka District where World Vision has provided clean water sources of protected wells and boreholes.

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