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”

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        (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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              Messages of love

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              Looking ahead to Valentine's Day on Friday, we want to give thanks for the love you have shown us, our work, and the children and communities we serve around the world. We can't do this work without you! Thank you for your love … we love you, too!

              In today's photoblog, five teams here at World Vision each highlight one of their supporters that has been influential and inspirational to them.

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              30 Hour Famine

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              John Mefford at a 30 Hour Famine event at Road to Life Church. (Photo: John Mefford)

               

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                Sports dreams come true

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                The Winter Olympics opening ceremonies are today! As we look forward to the Sochi games, we bring you the story of Enkelejda in Albania, who competed in volleyball tournaments through World Vision's Librazhd community ... and had the life-changing opportunity to meet an Olympian!

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                Each spring in World Vision’s Librazhd community in Albania, school clubs come to participate in volleyball and football tournaments. At the end, the best school club wins the cup provided by World Vision.

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                  Olympians for hope

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                  As we approach the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Friday, we take a look back at the summer games of 2012 in London, and our friend and supporter Lopez Lomong who competed in the Men’s 5,000 Meter.

                  This photo series and video show Lomong running this past summer with Team World Vision in the Hood to Coast relay event in Oregon.

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                  In 2012, we told the story of Lopez Lomong, a long-distance runner who competed with Team USA in London, and carried the flag for the U.S. team in Beijing. Every Olympic athlete has an amazing journey that brings them to the games, but Lomong’s is even more so … born in South Sudan, he was abducted by rebels at the age of 6.

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                    Top 13 blog posts of 2013

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                    2013 was a very busy year! The social media team ran and supported a wide variety of programs and work, sharing joy, answering the question Why World Vision?, promoting books and films, and responding to disasters. Out of the hundreds of blog posts published this year, here’s a list of my – and your! –  favorites.

                    Vote for your favorite! Whichever post gets the most comments below, I’ll look into doing a follow-up post later in 2014!

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