Beam me up, Jesus

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Our new interactive World Vision Experience truck transports you virtually to three of the harshest places on earth: to witness despair and hope in a brothel in Bangladesh, see how God is working in the midst of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Uganda.

Earlier this month, pastor John Torres and Goodwill Church in New York hosted the Experience truck. See what this eye-opening experience is like, and how you can participate!

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From June 4-7, we had the equivalent of a Star Trek transporter in our parking lot at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY. Instead of making people disappear and then reappear in tiny fragments of sparkling light, however, the World Vision Experience transported our ideas of mission.

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    Following Jesus into the margins

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    In the last 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped by almost half! But at the same time, extreme poverty has receded to the most violent and vulnerable "margins" of the world.

    Join us today as we take on these most vulnerable issues of our time.

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    At World Vision, we have always seen the world a little differently. When we turn on the news and see the devastation caused by global crises—war, earthquakes, exploitation—we immediately think about the thousands of World Vision staff members responding to the needs of families and children in those situations. People who are freely giving their lives for “the least of these."

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      God’s great love for this world

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      All around the world, in places like Haiti, World Vision works to transform bad news into good.

      Today for Good Friday—when death transformed into life—our president Rich Stearns writes about the transformative power of God's love.

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      Perhaps nothing speaks more of God’s love for us than the agony of Good Friday. John 3:16 captures the essence of Good Friday: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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        Day 23: I found hope in the arms of God

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        14-year-old Eranda accepted Jesus at a World Vision summer camp in Albania in 2013! "My happiness is indescribable," she says.

        Though her life is simple, and despite her family’s economic situation, her dreams are big. Now she is confident that God will provide the education she longs for, and that He has big plans for her future!

        Read her story.

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        We are on our way to Eranda’s house, a 14-year-old sponsored child who accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior last July (2013) in World Vision’s Erseka summer camp in Albania.

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          Day 22: Educating children with Christian values

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          The book of Proverbs says, “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.” There is no doubt that childhood is the perfect time to start building Christian and moral values basis!

          See how Ronald in El Salvador is setting foot on the right path toward achieving his big dreams, with his Bible in hand!

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          In one weekend of February, El Salvador reported 19 violent deaths.

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            Day 19: A Christmas prayer guide

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            On Christmas, we celebrate Christ's birth, but also hold a vigil for His return.

            In this final week of Advent, pray with us for the world and in remembrance of God's promise that He has come and is coming again.

            Today's prayer guide leads us into Christmas.

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            (Photo: Children in Ethiopia hold candles during a candlelight vigil. 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)

             

            When I was young, I loved cartoons. My mom would reluctantly allow me to sit in front of the television for hours after school, delaying homework, to enjoy just one more of my favorites.

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              Day 1: Pray together this Advent

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              As we count down to Christmas this Advent season, join us on Pinterest for daily images and prayers for you to pray with your kids for the world!

              Find the Pin for Day 1 below.

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              Advent is a season of waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day.

              What better way to wait and prepare than spending time in prayer?

              More than just being in prayer this season, I want to encourage you to spend that prayer time with your families – with your kids. When I was growing up, my family prayed, but looking back I remember those prayers being mostly about myself: my own little world. It wasn't until much later that my heart opened up to the needs of the bigger world.

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                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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