The power of running together

The power of running together | World Vision Blog

Team World Vision runners pray together before running a half marathon together in Seattle. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

Every day, 1,000 children die from preventable diseases caused by unsafe drinking water.

You can change that!

Every step you take together with your friends in our Global 6K for Water is a step a child doesn't have to.

How to spread love across the world

How to spread love across the world | World Vision Blog

Photos of Rina, one of Kelly's sponsored children. (Photo: ©World Vision/courtesy of Kelly Stilwell)

When building relationships with their sponsored children, most of our sponsors find themselves sending that love long-distance.

Hear from Kelly, who blogs at Virtually Yours, about how she builds relationships over distance and over time, and how love has made the world feel just a little bit smaller.

Seeing the faces of the world

Seeing the faces of the world | World Vision Blog

This happy face lives in one of our sponsorship communities in Ethiopia. (Photo: ©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

David Henriksen has been a sponsor with World Vision since 2003 and is the CEO of iDisciple.

Today, he writes about what is most powerful about seeing the faces of his sponsored children, and ponders how Jesus sees the faces of the people in our world.

Be a blessing

Be a blessing | World Vision Blog

Photo: ©Debbie Macomber

When bestselling author Debbie Macomber sits down to write a mission statement, you might think she would focus on writing or selling books.

But instead, her mission was inspired by God's covenant with Abraham—"I will make you a blessing"!

Read how she's been led to bless others.

New Year, new baby … but how to name her?

New Year, new baby … but how to name her? | World Vision Blog

Babies of 2016. This is a seriously cute baby. And it gets seriously good news because World Vision is upping support for health care programs in this community, which is in Uganda. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision, photo by Jon Warren)

Our writer Shaun Kempston and his wife are very close to having a New Year Baby!

Hear from Shaun about this new addition-to-be for their family and how they've gone about choosing her name. And along the way, meet some of the babies we've met around the world in 2016.

The road less traveled

The road less traveled | World Vision Blog

Modester and her cousin Evelyn hold a baby goat. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Many young women in rural Africa face difficult futures: of early marriage, young motherhood, limited education, and meager livings.

But not Modester.

At 18, Modester is one of the top students in all of Zambia! She's headed for university and whatever big dream she may have in mind.

See what made the difference for her.

Everybody loves Patricia

Everybody loves Patricia | World Vision Blog

Patricia Heaton's sponsored child, Gracious, doesn't have electricity, so she's never seen Patricia on TV in shows like ABC's The Middle.

To Gracious, Patricia Heaton is a superstar because she's her sponsor!

Travel to Zambia today with Patricia as she meets Gracious and sees the impact of World Vision's work.

The blessings of forgiveness

The blessings of forgiveness | World Vision Blog

Esnart with her son Resheal holding one of their chickens from the World Vision Gift Catalog. (Photo: 2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

After being shunned by her community for being poor, Esnart’s life transformed through the simple gift of chickens.

Now that those who had shunned her need help, see how Esnart's family is taking the Bible’s lesson of forgiveness to heart!

Just like Jennifer

Just like Jennifer | World Vision Blog

Jennifer prays outside of the Catholic church she faithfully attends each Sunday. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Due to fistula—an injury during childbirth that causes incontinence—Jennifer remained outside when she attended church, kneeling in the dirt to pray. For women who don't have proper health care, fistula can ruin their lives.

Fortunately, it can be fixed with a simple surgery. For Jennifer in Uganda and many women just like her, this means a new lease on life!

Read her story. 

The world turned upside down

The world turned upside down | World Vision Blog

Resheal and his mother, Esnart, look over letters from his sponsor with World Vision staffer Owen Sikuneta in Zambia while Chansa listens in. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

“The world turned upside down.” This well-known line from the hit musical Hamilton is a sentiment that’s true for many families—like Esnart’s in Zambia—who live in poverty.

But the world can be turned rightside-up again. Sometimes all it takes is a little generosity and a big dream.

Read Esnart’s story and the hope she has for her children’s future.

Working to serve the most marginalized: people with disabilities

Working to serve the most marginalized: people with disabilities | World Vision Blog

Alexa reads a braille book made by her teacher in the Philippines through World Vision’s All Children Reading partnership. (Photo courtesy of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development grantee, Resources for the Blind)

This Saturday, December 3, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Hear from our international development expert about how poverty and disability go hand in hand, and how World Vision is working to empower and include those with disabilities in our work.

The gift of a baby blanket

The gift of a baby blanket | World Vision Blog

Margaret received a baby blanket for Esther, who was sick with pneumonia. (Photo: ©2013 World Vision/photo by Sylvia Nabanoba)

Are you ready for Giving Tuesday tomorrow? Early donations today will count toward the Thirty-One Gifts match up to $2,000,000 of product!

Blogger Rachel Teodoro writes about the impact this partnership made last year to help keep newborns warm. Read her story and give!

Loving through our differences at Thanksgiving

Loving through our differences at Thanksgiving | World Vision Blog

Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Photo: @2014 World Vision/photo by Jo Currie)

Especially as we come together with friends and family during the holidays, we can find ourselves so easily divided by differences.

But we can overcome our differences by focusing on what we have in common and loving our neighbors the way Jesus showed us, both here and across the globe.

This Thanksgiving, Rich Stearns encourages us to pray for those—like refugees—who don't have the homes, food, and family we celebrate today.

Magical moments in the kitchen

Magical moments in the kitchen | World Vision Blog

9-year-old Rosemary cooks nshima in Zambia. She dreams of becoming a chef! (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Cooking with your grandmother, sharing a meal with family—these are some of the special moments we look forward to during the Christmas season, or remember fondly from past holidays.

For 9-year-old Rosemary, the magic of cooking and eating together is a big part of her dream to become a chef!

See what's making Rosemary's dream possible.

Addressing the root causes of emigration in Honduras

Addressing the root causes of emigration in Honduras | World Vision Blog

Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber

The best way to address emigration is through a comprehensive community development effort that unleashes the incredible spirit of the Honduran people. World Vision has been able to tap into their faith and spirit, and it's creating opportunity that is stopping emigration and transforming lives.

See our four-year plan to help bring clean water and a path to a prosperous future to Honduras!

Ending the HIV epidemic: Leaving no young woman behind

Ending the HIV epidemic: Leaving no young woman behind | World Vision Blog

Girls age 10-14 listen as a youth engagement officer leads them in a discussion on HIV prevention, care, and treatment in Mozambique as part of World Vision’s USAID-funded DREAMS program. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision staff)

As a former physician practicing in a busy maternity ward in a hospital in Africa, Gloria Ekpo has seen the devastation of HIV and AIDS up close.

But she’s also seen progress.

Read how we’re working to leave no young woman behind and to empower them toward an AIDS-free generation!

Recipe: Honey flan and beehives in the Dominican Republic

Recipe: Honey flan and beehives in the Dominican Republic | World Vision Blog

In the Dominican Republic, we're supporting a beekeeping association of 15 farmers who are working to earn better incomes for their families by raising bees and producing honey.

Food blogger Melissa Bailey of Hungry Food Love visited them with us last April. Meet these amazing men and women with her, and try the honey flan recipe Melissa developed based on her trip!

Recipe: The language of food and the people we share it with

Recipe: The language of food and the people we share it with | World Vision Blog

Thai fried rice—a local dish in Thailand. (Photo: ©2016 Somluck Khamsaen/World Vision)

The holidays are upon us—a season of thanks, love, and spending time with family, but also of sharing food with loved ones.

Learn how to make Thai fried rice—a common local dish in Thailand—and explore how food is a global language for all we share it with.