Day 19: A Christmas prayer guide

Day 19: A Christmas prayer guide | World Vision Blog

On Christmas, we celebrate Christ's birth, but also hold a vigil for His return.

In this final week of Advent, pray with us for the world and in remembrance of God's promise that He has come and is coming again.

Today's prayer guide leads us into Christmas.

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist | World Vision Blog

"When I see a child crying, that affects me.” Joel, 22, is pursuing his big dream of being a painter in Peru.

Having been a child worker, Joel understands that life better than most. That's why his college thesis is a series of paintings depicting child workers.

See how his life transformed from a laborer to an artist!

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for | World Vision Blog

Jane Sutton-Redner, the editorial director of our World Vision Magazine, first met Jhon in Peru – the "singer of his neighborhood" – when he was 6, back in 1997. She quickly arranged to sponsor him.

Jhon is 24 now, and Jane had the opportunity to visit him again last month! See the difference her relationship has made in his life, and the dream that came true for him that she hadn't even wished for.

Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision

Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision | World Vision Blog

This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.

In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!

Day 13: Leaving no stone unturned

Leaving no stone unturned | World Vision Blog

At the age of 10, Subera in India was a child laborer, crushing stones by hand into construction material. It was her mother's same life: early marriage, no education, hard labor and poverty.

Today, Subera is 14 and in school, and on her way to a better future! See what broke her cycle of poverty and is helping make her big dreams come true.

Day 12: Top five Christmas gifts that give back

Day 12: Top five Christmas gifts that give back | World Vision Blog

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family can be a difficult task.

But with these five popular items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, you can bring meaningful help and hope to children, families, and entire communities struggling with poverty, while honoring someone special in your life!

Day 11: Melisa, a sponsored child with a special spark

Day 11: Melisa, a sponsored child with a special spark | World Vision Blog

Melisa in Guatemala is 12 and the second oldest of 6. She loves being a big sister and helping her family: walking her siblings to school each morning and feeding the animals her family has received from World Vision.

That's why she's so grateful for World Vision's support – to watch her family grow with the nourishment from farm animals and for them to attend better schools and have the supplies they need!

Read about how she is a growing light for her brothers and sisters, and her whole community!

Day 10: Peace like a river

Day 10: Peace like a river | World Vision Blog

When last winter arrived, the water pipes in Teena's home in West Virginia burst, leaving her and her family without water or the means to fix them … for eight months.

This fall, missions teams through World Vision's U.S. Programs came and fixed her water system, bringing peace, a river of water, shouts of joy from her sons, and tears of joy from Teena!

This is their story.

Day 9: Sponsorship keeps a future doctor healthy

Sponsorship keeps a future doctor healthy | World Vision Blog

Belen in Nicaragua is 6 and well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a doctor!

Not only does her sponsor provide her with the school supplies she needs; sponsorship also helps her eat better, which keeps her healthy, which in turn keeps her in school!

See sponsorship at work in Belen's family…

Day 8: Cooking for better nutrition in Zambia

Cooking for better nutrition in Zambia | World Vision Blog

In the past year, climate change has brought less rain to southern Zambia, causing families to struggle to feed their children with their meager crops.

World Vision is training mothers on ways to increase the nutritional value of the foods they feed their children, which has limited the number of children suffering from malnutrition.

Day 6: A second typhoon in the midst of healing

Day 6: A second typhoon in the midst of healing | World Vision Blog

Typhoon Hagupit is making landfall in the Philippines right now, in a region that is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan 13 months ago.

Blogger Matthew Paul Turner was with us in Tacloban just 4 weeks ago and witnessed the devastation of the last storm, the fragility of many people's current living situations, and the rebuilding efforts now threatened by this new storm.

See how World Vision is preparing, and how you can help.

Day 5: Boosting local agriculture

Day 5: Boosting local agriculture | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Sreylin in Cambodia dreams of becoming a teacher! She is able to go to school because of her father's successful farming as part of a World Vision-supported agricultural cooperative.

See how World Vision and sponsorship make a difference in local communities!

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts | World Vision Blog

Special Gifts are extra donations that you can send to your sponsored child: our staff in the field will meet with the family and use that gift to purchase whatever they need most!

See how Tony in Kenya and his family have been blessed through gifts from his sponsor.

Day 3: No more lost dreams

No more lost dreams | World Vision Blog

Antonio in Mozambique had to give up his dream job because he didn't have a birth certificate. But now his children won't have to face that challenge because through World Vision sponsorship, the whole family now has birth certificates.

World Vision’s child sponsorship program approaches community development holistically: providing clean water, healthcare, access to education, nutritious food, economic development, and more!

Through your support, communities supported by World Vision are equipped to fulfill the dream and vision that God has for all of His people. See it at work in Mozambique!

Day 2: Giving Tuesday

Day 2: Giving Tuesday | World Vision Blog

This Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back — World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are coming together to make a difference in the lives of American women and girls living in poverty.

See how you can help!

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday | World Vision Blog

Rich Stearns prays over Reshma in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

In his two-part Thanksgiving series, World Vision USA president Rich Stearns reflects on his recent trip to Bangladesh. Read Part 1 here.

On this trip, Rich met Reshma, who will be bought and sold a dozen times today, on Black Friday, as a sex worker.

Read about the two bright spots in her life, and how World Vision is working to help her.