Godly giving through relationship

Godly giving through relationship | World Vision Blog

"With every letter we receive from our sponsored children, our family feels blessed to be part of something so redeeming and beautiful." (Photo: Anna Goodworth)

What does it mean to give biblically? The Old Testament models a 10-percent tithe — but what about the New Testament? Anna Goodworth, a member of the Hartford Women of Vision chapter, reflects on that today: "Without a consistent relationship with the poor, we cannot sustain giving or the desire to give as God intended."

Read more about how God called Anna into relationship…and what He wanted of her.

Bath time brings tears

Bath time brings tears | World Vision Blog

Lauren Fisher with Syrian refugee Ghaziyye and her 4-year-old twin girls. (Photo: ©2013 Ralph Baydoun/World Vision)

Lauren Fisher, World Vision emergency communications officer, writes about meeting Ghaziyye and her twin girls, age 4, who are living as refugees in Lebanon.

What brought this mother to tears wasn't the violence or fear or having lost everything; it was that her girls were always dirty. Read how a simple provision from World Vision has wiped away those tears.

The miracle borehole

The miracle borehole | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Munsanje pumps water. (Photo: ©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Water is precious in Zambia. In the Twachiyanda region, World Vision drilled for water four times without luck. In 2012, we tried a fifth time.

Read – and watch the video – of how prayer changed the outcome ... and an entire community!

Everything

Everything | World Vision Blog

Hamze, 8, a refugee in Lebanon, answers the question, "What do you miss about home?" (Photo: 2014 Nicholas Ralph/World Vision)

Today, we hear the voices of Syrian refugee children:

An 8-year-old Syrian boy named Hamze, who is living as a refugee in Lebanon, answers the question, "What do you miss about home?"

And a video: children answer the question, "What does peace mean?"

The contagious joy of sponsorship

The contagious joy of sponsorship | World Vision Blog

Leonor proudly holds the school supplies that her Family Christian sponsor, Jennifer, sent her. (Photo: Todd Ranson/World Vision)

Over the past 9 years, our partnership with Family Christian stores has changed the lives of 150,000 children through sponsorship! Come celebrate this landmark with us this weekend!

Today, Carrie Caddell – administrator for this partnership – tells the story of Jennifer, a Family Christian employee who has found joy through her relationship with a child.

Why should Christians care about Syria?

Why should Christians care about Syria? | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugee children in host communities are living invisible lives. Only one of the children shown above is enrolled in school. (Photo: 2013 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

In today’s blog, we ask a variety of Christian thought leaders why we as Christians should care about the conflict in Syria, a crisis that day to day often feels very far from us. Or someone else’s problem.

Hear what seven writers have to say about this question, including bloggers Ron Edmondson and Matthew Paul Turner, and our very own president, Rich Stearns.

A safe harbor

A safe harbor | World Vision Blog

Delfina (red shirt) and friends under the safe harbor of a mosquito net that Delfina's family received from World Vision. (Photo: 2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

World Vision writer Kari Costanza reflects on taking sanctuary in her church's parking lot while being stuck in a snow storm last weekend, and how World Vision and our supporters are able to provide a safe harbor for millions of children around the world.

This is love

This is love | World Vision Blog

Sponsored children from Ban Rai Pattana school in Thailand make the “I love you” sign for their sponsors. (©2013 Keurkoon Phoomwittaya/World Vision)

Valentine's Day is an occasion to show love, but it's also a time to recognize love that's already been demonstrated. In honor of today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., writes about the many ways we show love — to each other and around the world — and how he's inspired again and again by the amazing love of our supporters!

My 4-year-old sponsors a child in Zambia

My 4-year-old sponsors a child in Zambia | World Vision Blog

Arik Korman with his son AJ. (Photo: Arik Korman)

For World Radio Day today, Arik Korman – Executive Director of The Bob Rivers Show on 95.7 KJR-FM in Seattle – writes about how his son AJ has grown up with sponsored children in his family, which has inspired AJ to want to help! The Bob Rivers Show is a long-time partner of World Vision, and has helped to connect more than 4,700 children around the world with sponsors.

Messages of love

Messages of love | World Vision Blog

Violet visiting her sponsored child Cedric and his family in Uganda, whom she sponsored at a Casting Crowns concert. (Photo: Violet Galaviz)

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.

Sports dreams come true

Sports dreams come true | World Vision Blog

Olympian Se Jim Kim delivers the cup to the best volleyball club of the 2012 tournament between 28 Librazhd school clubs. (©2012 Bardha Prendi/World Vision)

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!

Olympians for hope

Olympians for hope | World Vision Blog

U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong gives Travis Blanton a pep talk during an exchange point at the Hood to Coast Relay. (Photo: Wes Kriesel)

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.

Protecting the poor from the plague of violence

Protecting the Poor from the Plague of Violence | World Vision Blog

"I do not want any one of us to be victims of human trafficking." –Cang, Vietnam. (Photo: 2013 Nguyen Thai Minh Minh/World Vision)

Today, our friends at International Justice Mission write about the everyday violence that is plaguing the developing world … and the new book they're launching today!

Protection through education

Protection through education | World Vision Blog

Before Ankit, 6, started attending World Vision's drop-in center last year, he used to roam the streets. (Photo: 2013 Annila Harris/World Vision)

One of the best ways to protect children from dangers like trafficking, child labor, and early marriage is to educate them, keeping them in school rather than on the streets. In India, World Vision's drop-in centers are designed to do just that: opening the door to mainstream schools.

Here are the stories of two children – Naina, 7, and Ankit, 6 – who found their way into formal education through these drop-in centers.

Under the big tree

Under the big tree | World Vision Blog

A World Vision savings group meets in Tanzania. (©2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

This past Friday, our wonderful writer/photographer team (Kari Costanza and Jon Warren) was in Tanzania, where they heard an amazing story of a community standing up to protect a little girl…from a very early marriage. This is what happened!

Su Su is finding her own dream

Su Su is finding her own dream | World Vision Blog

18-year-old Su Su is learning skills as a hairdresser. Now she has hope for her dream of being a hair salon owner.

As a child, Su Su* worked a variety of jobs in Cambodia to help provide for her family, a road that led her into prostitution at the age of 14.

Through a World Vision recovery center, Su Su has learned the skills she needs to follow her dream. Now, she has real plans for her future.

This is her story in her own words.**

Health and happiness through clean water

Health and happiness through clean water | World Vision Blog

A new World Vision deep well brings health and happiness to the children of this village in Afghanistan. (©2013 Narges Ghafary/World Vision)

Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Afghanistan, with more than 40 percent of child deaths caused by diarrhea and acute respiratory infection. Clean water can prevent these illnesses. See how a World Vision deep well is changing life in young mother Maryam's village.

An extraordinary Sunday

An extraordinary Sunday | World Vision Blog

Child Ambassador Jim Gross with his Granddaughter Kennady. (Photo: 2013 Jim Gross)

While fans in Seattle and Denver were celebrating their football victories on Sunday, a different wave of excitement was sweeping through a small church community in Houston, Texas. Jim Gross is a World Vision Child Ambassador … this is his story.

South Sudan conflict: Left in danger

South Sudan conflict: The poor are left in danger | World Vision Blog

Margaret and her children at a Catholic church where they’ve taken shelter in Juba. (©2014 Nhial Wei/World Vision)

Medina and Margret are just two among hundreds of thousands in South Sudan who have been driven from their homes by the fighting that escalated last month. Left with little in a disrupted economy, they want to take their families away from the conflict but can’t afford to, leaving them to seek sanctuary wherever they can. Read the story of these two families, and learn what World Vision is doing to help.

A lucky orphan gets a goat

A Lucky Orphan Gets a Goat | World Vision Blog

Abdul, 15, and his uncle with one of the goats the received through World Vision's Gift Catalog. (Photo: 2013 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision)

Orphaned at the age of 3, Abdul in Sierra Leone has grown up with his uncle's family. When World Vision came to his community, his family grew when he was sponsored. Read how Abdul's life – and the lives of his whole family and community – has been improved through sponsorship and World Vision's Gift Catalog!