Why Debbie Macomber knits for kids

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#1 bestselling author Debbie Macomber is the spokesperson for our Knit for Kids program!

Today, see how it all began.

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Over the years, I’ve been asked how it is I became involved with World Vision’s Knit for Kids program. This is the point where I suggest you grab a cup of coffee, put up your feet, and settle into a comfy chair while I tell you a story.

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    Our top five blogs of 2015

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    In 2015, our bloggers brought you stories live from Armenia and Cambodia; we featured guests like Max Lucado and Debbie Macomber; we covered crises that included Syrian refugees, the Nepal earthquake, and South Sudan; and we featured fiction for the first time during the holidays!

    We’ve loved it all … which were your favorites? Find out below!

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      Struggling to keep warm in winter

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      How do you survive a seven-month winter when you have next to nothing?

      See how Hasmik's family survives in wintry Armenia, and how World Vision is helping to keep families like theirs a little warmer this winter.

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      Five-year-old Hamaspyur (called Hasmik for short) steps gingerly out into the snow-covered landscape. It’s unusual for her to be standing outside during the winter months because her family has no winter shoes for her. The snow quickly soaks her pink fabric shoes, leaving her cold and shivering.

      Her mother, Rima, worries about her children being outside in the cold, afraid they will get sick.

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        The right wheelchair means a full life for Shelby

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        Five-year-old Shelby in Kenya has cerebral palsy, and for a while she and her mother Anne didn't have the support that Shelby needed.

        Through our USAID-funded ACCESS wheelchair program, not only does Shelby now have a wheelchair, she has ongoing clinical and social support!

        Read Shelby's and Anne's story, and see the transformative difference the right wheelchair has made in their lives as well as across their community.

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        Five years ago, Anne was blessed with a baby girl, Shelby, who was ushered into the world with much love and affection. In the beginning, everything was fine; however, as time went on Shelby seemed different from other children. After many trips to various hospitals and doctors, Shelby’s parents learned that their daughter had cerebral palsy.

        “Life was very difficult,” Anne said.

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          I wish I could take you with me

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          When our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon travel to the field, their mission is to capture amazing stories so they can virtually take you with them to those places.

          Through the World Vision Experience, see how an interactive tour brings their stories of children like Sonali in Bangladesh even closer! And how you can experience it, too.

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          “I wish I could take you with me.”

          It’s one of my deepest desires as a reporter for World Vision.

          Over the past 20 years, I’ve been privileged to travel to more than 35 countries to cover World Vision’s work and report back on how lives around the world are being changed.

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            Celebrating fathers around the world

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            Happy Father's Day!

            Working with fathers around the world is one of the most powerful ways that World Vision helps to create a world of equality and non-violence.

            We invite you today to share in the transformative stories of five fathers that demonstrate the importance of positive, nurturing fatherhood.

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            Today, we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a heart-warming celebration of fathers and father figures who have played an impactful role in the lives of their children and families.

            Approximately four out of five men around the world will be fathers at some point in their lives, and nearly all men have connections to children as mentors, teachers, coaches, uncles, stepfathers, brothers, or friends.

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              Knit For Kids with Debbie Macomber

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              Last summer, #1 bestselling author Debbie Macomber traveled to Kenya as the spokesperson for World Vision's Knit For Kids program to help hand out hand-knitted gifts of love!

              For Debbie, knitting is more than an amazing way to help children around the world … it's also personal. Read her story!

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              Knitting has always played a major role in my life.

              I learned to knit the summer I turned eleven after pestering my mother for weeks. She knew how to crochet but wasn't familiar with the skill of knitting. In an effort to appease me she took me to the local yarn store and asked the ladies there if they would teach me. She purchased yarn and needles for me and as they say, the rest is history.

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                Our top five blogs of 2014

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                From stories about emergency responses like South Sudan, Iraq, and the U.S. Border … to guest bloggers like Rich Stearns, Matthew Paul Turner, and Eugene Cho … to one story that’s been read more than 50,000 times, it’s been quite a year!

                See which five were your favorites.

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                #5: “The longevity of World Vision water wells”

                Our top five blogs of 2014 | World Vision Blog
                (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

                 

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                  Against all odds

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                  “It feels like I am a million miles away from where I might have been, had God not interrupted my life from the course it was taking. I've gone from being a ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan to a proud U.S. citizen who is loved and cared for by so many people in this country – no longer ‘lost!’” –Lopez Lomong

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                  When he was 6 years old, Olympic runner Lopez Lomong was kidnapped along with other children from his village in Sudan to serve as a child soldier. The men who took him came on a Sunday while the community was in church.

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                    How Nelson Mandela influenced my aid-worker life

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                    Today is Nelson Mandela International Day! In honor and remembrance of him, Aimee N'simire Manimani, former World Vision communications officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reflects on how Nelson Mandela influenced her career as an aid worker.

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                    “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” —Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom.

                    As a child, my parents talked often of this man. They told me he was a hero, a man whose courage amazed the world. As I grew up, Nelson Mandela was no longer just a hero — he had become my example to follow.

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