Chickens: Small gift, big impact

Mary knows the True Spirit of Christmas personally -- because she has experienced a life-changing gift for herself. World Vision provided Mary with nine chickens as a source of income and nutrition.

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    How chickens can change a life

    "If I could capture a photo of what was in my heart that day, it would have been wonderful to see." says Mary, a mother of seven in Turkana. What momentous occasion was she describing?

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      The votes are in....

      We asked if you would rather see Kris Allen attempt to make a bracelet with the artisans at Zakale creations or learn a dance from his new friends in Kenya. You voted -- now watch the video to find out the result!

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          Giving new purpose to youth amid desperate need

          American Idol's Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, writes about his experiences on his first day in Nairobi, Kenya, as he travels with World Vision to see how gifts donated through our Gift Catalog help change the lives of children and families in need.

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            Zakale: a new creation

            Zakale is the Swahili word for what has been thrown away being made new again.

            John Mucheru is a living example of this word. As a young man, John says he engaged in activities that were not pleasing to God. After turning his life over to the Lord, however, he discovered that he possessed a gift in art and handcrafts.

            So John received a loan and used his creative skills to open a business,  Zakale Creations. Watch the video below to see how he now uses his business to change the lives of at-risk youth.

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              Kris Allen, meet Kenya

              "Welp, we're in Nairobi now, and I am stoked about it." -Kris Allen

              Kris and the World Vision team are on the ground in Narobi, Kenya.  In today's video update, Kris shares what he is thinking and feeling so far, and what you can expect from the True Spirit of Christmas tour in the coming weeks.

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                  Black Friday: Gifts that give back

                  Forever long shopping lines. Sleep starved customers arguing over the last item in stock. People losing their lives in pursuit of the perfect flat screen tv.

                  Black Friday is a day that seems to bring out the worst in people. The terrible irony is that our ruthless desire to acquire comes after a day spent giving thanks. We are grateful, and then shop survival of the fittest style (hunger games anyone?).

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