My favorite conspiracy

My favorite conspiracy | World Vision Blog

Pastor Greg Holder visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley last month. (Photo: 2015 Chris Huber/World Vision)

What could happen if we invited our churches to celebrate Christmas differently?

Read about the "Advent Conspiracy" — a movement to make Christmas a revolutionary event by worshiping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all. 

And … see how next week you can make twice the gift and send twice the love to families in need!

The right wheelchair means a full life for Shelby

The right wheelchair means a full life for Shelby | World Vision Blog

Shelby in Kenya received a new wheelchair customized to suit her specific needs. (Photo: World Vision)

Five-year-old Shelby in Kenya has cerebral palsy, and for a while she and her mother Anne didn't have the support that Shelby needed.

Through our USAID-funded ACCESS wheelchair program, not only does Shelby now have a wheelchair, she has ongoing clinical and social support!

Read Shelby's and Anne's story, and see the transformative difference the right wheelchair has made in their lives as well as across their community.

The no-gift Christmas

The no-gift Christmas | World Vision Blog

Maralmaa with her cousin Bandi and a Gift Catalog lamb in Mongolia. (Photo: 2010 Delgermaa Surenjav/World Vision)

Have you ever considered skipping Christmas gifts?

Read why one family decided to do without gifts at Christmas … and how they were surprised by joy in their absence!

Refugee crisis: One-mile challenge

Refugee crisis: One-mile challenge | World Vision Blog

The World Vision USA social media team after completing the One Mile Challenge. (Photo: Sheryl Watkins/World Vision)

Can you imagine what it's like to be a refugee? To leave your home, carrying your only possessions, and travel on foot to a new land?

Maybe you don't have to only imagine it. The One Mile Challenge gives you a glimpse as you walk a mile in a refugee's shoes while raising awareness and much-needed funding for relief.

Learn more about how you can get involved.

Meet Nasaa, Mongolia’s dream facilitator

Meet Nasaa, Mongolia’s dream facilitator | World Vision Blog

Nasaa with 12-year-old Dulamsuren in Mongolia. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

12-year-old Dulamsuren in Mongolia is one of the cover girls for our Gift Catalog this Christmas!

Today, meet the World Vision staffer who first discovered Dulamsuren's family in their time of need, and with a gift of 20 sheep set them on the path to achieving their dreams.

The power of soy

The power of soy | World Vision Blog

Through soy milk production and a nutrition center, children in Burundi are growing up healthier! (Photo: 2015 Robert Coronado/World Vision)

In a community in Burundi, within two years one new food cut their malnutrition rate in half … soymilk!

See how, and the difference it's making for these children and their entire community.

The beautiful sound of the cemetery

The beautiful sound of the cemetery | World Vision Blog

In Myanmar, with nowhere else to go, 13-year-old Nyein Mar's family lives in a cemetery. (Photo: 2012 Htet Htet Oo/World Vision)

13-year-old Nyein Mar's family lives in a cemetery in Myanmar. Ostricized by society, they have no where else to go. Focused on surviving each day, they have no hope for their children's future.

Though at first the schools wouldn't allow Nyein Mar to attend, see how her education is changing her future and giving her hope of breaking free of her family's poverty.

Faith rises from communism’s ashes

Faith rises from communism’s ashes | World Vision Blog

Two-year-old Yeva in the doorway of her aunt and uncle's home in rural Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Faith without works is dead—but in Armenia, faith-fueled works are breathing new life into a nation that is rising from the ashes of communism and walking into a bold future.

Read about this resurgence of faith, and how Armenia's young Christians are taking action.

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From despair at night to hope in the morning

From despair at night to hope in the morning | World Vision Blog

Children play together at a World Vision Youth Club in Cambodia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Human traffickers prey upon the vulnerable.

In Cambodia, where trafficking is common, see how education, food security, and improved economic opportunities are helping children and families know their rights and avoid being taken advantage of.

Empowering the rural women of Armenia

Empowering the rural women of Armenia | World Vision Blog

Margarita walking back from school with her son Tigran in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

According to the UN, empowering women living in rural areas is essential in the fight against extreme poverty.

Today, meet some of the women that blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson visited with us last winter in remote communities in northern Armenia, and how empowerment is improving the lives of their families.

“I had no friends”

“I had no friends” | World Vision Blog

Children play games at a Child Friendly Space started and staffed by World Vision in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

For children affected by conflict and disaster, back-to-school season means getting back to basics: making friends, feeling safe.

See how 15-year-old Deng in South Sudan found friendship and safety … and is able to keep his dreams alive.

Do not forget us

Do not forget us | World Vision Blog

Miranda with children from the junior college at the Mae Ra Moe Luang refugee camp. (Photo: Miranda Wolford)

16-year-old Miranda Wolford had the opportunity to visit refugee children in Southeast Asia this summer. Hear her plea on behalf of children like these for us—organizations, governments, global citizens—not to leave them behind, and how vital education is to their futures.

Rain could soon turn to snow

Rain could soon turn to snow | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Nagisa with her father—refugees who were caught in the rain as they passed through Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Our photographer Laura Reinhardt returned from Serbia this week, where she was meeting refugees and capturing their experiences as they passed through.

Written last Friday: see Serbia through her eyes, the current conditions in which these refugees are living, and the cold, damp future Laura sees in store for them.

On the road for World Vision Water

On the road for World Vision Water | World Vision Blog

Sherree and Jim Funk visiting a family in Ethiopia. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Five years ago, World Vision launched a groundbreaking initiative called the For Every Child Campaign (FEC), which aimed to create sustainable change in five strategic areas of our work for 20 million people! This week, the campaign comes to a close.

Hear from one of our FEC donors, whose passion was clean water, and the project she and her husband are embarking upon today to make an even bigger difference.

The “Francis Effect”

The “Francis Effect” | World Vision Blog

World Vision staff help a refugee family pick out supplies before they continue on their journey to Croatia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today, Pope Francis is addressing the UN during their annual General Assembly.

Hear what our Senior VP Kent Hill has to say about the pope's visit to Congress this week, and the power of the "Francis Effect" to inspire concern about "the least among us":

"We are hard-wired to never know peace or happiness apart from loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves … and this pope helps us remember that fact."

Throwback Thursday: Impossibilities made possible

Throwback Thursday: Impossibilities made possible

Members of the community-based committee in Tanzania worship God before starting a training meeting about the HIV-AIDS situation in their community. (Photo: 2001 Nigel Marsh/World Vision)

Fourteen years ago, World Vision launched the Hope Initiative: our groundbreaking effort to engage U.S. donors and churches around the tragic effects of HIV and AIDS around the world, but especially in sub-Saharan Africa, which was hardest hit.

Today, our Chief Catalyst Steve Haas takes us back to 2001 when this initiative began, to look back at the challenges faced … and the "unimaginable" transformation that's happened.

See where the AIDS crisis is today, and how you can continue to help bring hope to those affected.

A day I will never forget

A day I will never forget | World Vision Blog

Ibrahim (in yellow), an 8-year old Syrian refugee, has to work for long hours in a field in Lebanon, earning $6 a day. His family has no other choice to survive. (Photo: Mona Daoud/World Vision)

The heartbreaking, eyewitness account about a Syrian refugee boy, 8-year-old Ibrahim, and the abuse he endures as a field laborer in Lebanon so his family can survive.

Hear the testimony of our Lebanon staffer who met him, and her call for help on this International Day of Peace.