The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later

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Today, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – releases a special edition of his book The Hole in Our Gospel, marking five years since its original publication.

Read an excerpt sharing how the fight against global poverty has changed over the past five years, and what our call is today and for the future.

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Five years after the first publication of The Hole in Our Gospel, there is no doubt that for millions of people in poverty, the world is a better place.

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    Day 21: Share faith

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    Today, rejoice with us about the work God is doing through a small church in Wyoming. Read about their “Coins for the Kingdom” ministry that has already raised money for a wide variety of Gift Catalog items!

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    Today’s challenge: Invite someone to attend church with you tomorrow.

     

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” —Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

     

    Coins for the Kingdom

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      Day 18: Share encouragement

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      Today’s blog post is a daily devotional from World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns’s new book, He Walks Among Us: “Every one of us can be a hero of the faith when we are willing to be used.”

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      Today’s challenge: Share this "you are my hero" image with a friend. Download it here, then share it on Facebook and tag your friend in the photo. And remember to tell them why they are a hero to you!

       

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        Day 5: Share a verse

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        As we enter the Christmas season, let’s take a moment to remember where all of our traditions began, and to share the joy of that story with the people around us.

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        Today’s challenge: Share Matthew 19:14 with a friend and on your personal social media – post it to your Facebook wall, Tweet it, etc.

         

        “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

         

        My favorite Bible verse

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          Why did you bring me here, Lord?

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          An aid worker's diary: today, Mikhaela De Leon -- media engagement officer for World Vision Philippines -- reflects on her experience of Typhoon Haiyan and why God brought her to Tacloban on that day.

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          I shouldn't have been there. Over and over I asked God in prayer, "Why did you bring me here to Tacloban, Lord?" It didn't make sense.

          I was safe in Manila. I had no family in Leyte, couldn't speak the dialect, didn't know the place. It was my first time there, and it had to be at a time like this. Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

          But I am reminded: God's timing is perfect. God's will is always right. I surrendered myself to God's bidding, trusting fully that if he sent me to it, he would deliver me from it.

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            God is at work

            World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, released two new books last week! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God’s Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

            Today, Rich describes the journey of writing these books and his encounters with God during his travels all around the world with Reneé and World Vision.

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              Indoor plumbing -- a devotional

              Today, World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, are releasing two new books! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God's Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

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                East of Eden

                Today is World Vision's annual Day of Prayer. To mark the beginning of our new fiscal year, staff members all across the globe gather together to spend the day in prayer and fellowship.

                For today's post, World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on the need for prayer around the world. Join us.

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                  Mother Teresa and silence: Finding God among the poor

                  Mother Teresa is a profound example of someone who chose to follow Jesus’ example of love and concern by caring for the needs of people living in poverty in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa’s birthday today reminds us of her profound efforts of love, mercy, and kindness during her many years of service among the poorest of the poor.

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                    The prodigal father

                    World Vision writer and photographer Laura Reinhardt writes today about a father in Honduras whose faith brought him back to his family.

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                    Francisco Rodriguez took any work he could find, usually construction. He had to leave his family to find day jobs in the nearby town of La Esperanza, in western Honduras.

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