[VIDEO] A special carol for a sacred night

Merry Christmas from the World Vision family.

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    From Alabama with Love to India

    Andrea Zahler wound her way along a narrow pathway in a small farming village near Sitapur, India, past oxen laying in the sun and mud-walled homes where chai is brewed atop small, open wood-fired stoves.

    Andrea was a World Vision Child Ambassador in the truest sense that day. She was going to meet a sponsored child named Laxmi Ramhit, a 12-year-old Indian girl with a shy smile and deep doe eyes.

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      Education for every child

      “Education for every child,” says Anne Wachira. These words are the mission statement of the school where she has taught for 8 years. But these are not just words to Anne, they carry a much deeper meaning.

      “As I came to this area, I was touched by the way the children were. They were illiterate. That’s why I started to work at this school.”

      Anne was determined to see change in the lives of her students.

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        [Video] This little light of mine

        This week, you had the chance to meet Brian and learn how sponsorship has changed his life.

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          [Video] Sponsorship: a lifetime of change

          Before sponsorship, Brian and his family didn't have a roof over their heads. They didn't have a lamp to see at night.

          But all of that changed after Brian became sponsored and received a special gift from his sponsor in the United States.

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            Praying for Turkana

            During the True Spirit of Christmas Tour, we have seen how lives in Turkana, Kenya, are being changed through gifts like chickens and goats.

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              Sponsorship: A light in Brian’s future

              In the most beautiful, mountainous landscape you could ever imagine, the Rift Valley of Kenya is a land of contrasts.

              While waterfalls, canyons, and wild monkeys complement glorious sunsets, not all who find themselves in this land have time to appreciate its beauty -- at least, not when basic needs aren’t met.

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              Through the crazy red dirt and rocky “roads” in Bartabwa, we found ourselves sitting in a church with no walls in front of a glowing woman who, though shy at first, was excited to share her story.

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                [Video] Away in a manger

                During this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, you have seen our host Kris Allen learn about the life-giving benefits of clean water and the gift of chickens

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                  Why I love Christmas

                  Leo, age 4, explains why he loves Christmas and why he would give the gift of a chicken.

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                    [Video] Water is life for every child

                    Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas Tour, shares his perspective on the life-changing impacts of clean water.

                    "...For some of us, giving a goat or a chicken might make sense because that is something that is tangible. But clean water can provide life for those things..."

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