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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          Day 20: Share comfort

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          “When one has nothing, God will open a door for them, is what they say. And He has opened it.” —Aishwarya, India. Today’s video tells her story; see what is giving her #joy!

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          Today’s challenge: Help out a sick friend (for example, bring them soup!) or help someone in need.

           

          “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” —Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

           

          Video: Aishwarya’s story

          In 2007, Aishwarya learned that she had HIV. She wondered, “What might happen?”

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            Day 13: Share food

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            Today’s video tells the story of Salissou, an 11-year-old boy from Niger whose family is hard-hit by malnutrition. See what Salissou’s hopes are for his family, and how World Vision is helping.

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            Today’s challenge: Share food with a friend (for example: bake cookies or cupcakes, bring them something festive…be creative!)

             

            “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” –Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)

             

            Salissou’s Story

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              Day 8: Share a photo

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              If we’ve learned anything from visual social media — Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram — we know well how quickly and fully a simple photo can bring us joy! Today, let’s share joy with our online communities by sharing some of our favorite photos. Here’s a photo blog of favorites chosen by World Vision’s amazing team of photographers!

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              Today’s challenge: Post a photo to your Facebook wall that brings you joy — and tag us (@World Vision) to share it with us!

               

              “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” —Psalm 126:3 (NIV)

               

              Favorite photos that bring us joy

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                Day 7: Share a hug

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                In Romania, World Vision goats are providing families with the means to feed their children and send them to school. Today, let’s meet Sebastian, who has hope for his family’s future and understands well the wisdom of God’s provision.

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                Today’s challenge: Give someone a hug today

                 

                For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” —Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

                 

                The gift of a goat gives families a second chance in Romania

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                  Day 4: Share coffee

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                  This Christmas season, join us as we come together to share #joy with the world! Every day in December until Christmas, follow our Advent-style project and complete the daily challenges to bring joy to the people around you and around the world.

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                  Today’s challenge: Share the joy of a warm drink! Pay for the coffee or tea of the person behind you in line or buy an extra for a friend.

                   

                  “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” —1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

                   

                  Sutisa, a young barista

                  Thirteen-year-old Sutisa makes a mean latte. She knows exactly how to roast the beans, use the latte machine, foam the milk, and pour the perfect amount.

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                    Friends without borders, part 2: Marina's story

                    Marina and Vjollca grew up on opposite sides of the Serbian-Albanian conflict. Now, as co-workers with World Vision, they've become friends. Together, they're working to break down the barriers between their cultures and to change the mentality of the next generation through World Vision's summer camps.

                    Yesterday, we heard Vjollca's story in part 1. Today, we hear from Marina.

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