[Photo blog] "Football" brings joy in the slums

Jonathan Lo recently traveled to Kenya with Kris Allen on the True Spirit of Christmas tour. This Super Bowl Sunday, he reflects on how sports can bring joy in the midst of hard times.

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    Confidence through contortion

    Contortion -- the art of flexing and bending your body into jaw-dropping positions -- is a highly-respected, centuries-old tradition in Mongolia. As part of its development program in the area, World Vision supports a contortion class to help children have fun and develop social skills.

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      [Photo blog] 12 moments from 2012

      World Vision staff around the globe shot more than 10,000 photos this year. Working in nearly 100 countries, they documented the year’s most urgent humanitarian emergencies as well as moments of inner strength and joy. Here are 12 memorable photos from 2012.

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        World AIDS day: Why do headstones outnumber headlines?

        World AIDS Day is December 1. Dean Owen, senior adviser for communications at World Vision International, shares his experience with how AIDS has affected a community in South Africa -- and how this pandemic has shaped humanity since its discovery in the 1980s.

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          Faster, higher, stronger

          LEFT: Lopez Lomong shares with students at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. (Photo: Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

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          Steve Haas speaks on behalf of World Vision about the important issues that affect communities and churches, offering ways for his audiences to make a difference in the global arena.

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            [Spoiler Alert] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA in the men's 5000 meter final

            SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong’s final race, stop reading now.

             

             

             

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            Team USA's Lopez Lomong ran the men's 5000 meter final and placed tenth with a time of 13:48.19.

            Great Britain's Mohamed Farah won gold with a time of 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) took silver with a time of 13:41.98. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) received bronze with a time of 13:42.36.

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              Stand by your son: The story of Lopez Lomong's mom

              Any mom would be proud to see her son compete in the Olympic Games, but I can’t help but think that for Barb Rogers -- the woman who, together with husband, Rob, adopted Lopez Lomong -- the experience must be especially moving.

              As you may know, Lopez is a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan.

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                  [SPOILER ALERT] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA

                  SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong's preliminary race, stop reading now.


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                  Competing in round 1 of the men's preliminary 5,000-meter race for Team USA, Lopez Lomong placed 4th with a time of 13:26:16. Hayle Ibrahimov (Ethiopia) came in first place, Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya) placed second, and Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) came in third.

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                    Lopez Lomong: "The fourth lap, help me God!"

                    In the third part of the Lopez Lomong series, Lopez shares his thoughts as he races at the 2007 NCAA 1500m championships. As he runs, Lopez reflects on the role that running has played throughout his life. Previously, running meant escaping rebel soldiers and the harsh realities of life within a refugee camp. As a student and athlete at Northern Arizona University, he dreams that running will be the key to a better life for the lost boys and the people of South Sudan.

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