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The power of saying “Yes”

The power of saying “Yes” | World Vision Blog

Global 6K participants carry jerry cans of water in Chicago. (Photo: ©2016 Gameface Media)

While saying no can feel comfortable, the greatest version of ourselves, of who God made us to be, often lies just on the other side of “Yes.”

What is it in your life that’s calling out for your yes today?

Bringing happiness to a child named Happy

Bringing happiness to a child named Happy | World Vision Blog

Sponsored child Francis and his friend Happy (right), both 12, display orange World Vision Hope bracelets. (Photo: ©2005 World Vision/photo by Brian Sytsma)

Many names help give meaning to a person’s life. For International Day of Happiness, we’re celebrating children around the world with the name Happy!

Hear what makes some of our Happy-named staff happy, and see a fun way that you can bring a little happiness to the world today.

Facing responsibility: The face of a refugee child

Facing responsibility: The face of a refugee child | World Vision Blog

Haya, a refugee from Syria living in Jordan, was 10 when Rich Stearns met her in 2013. (Photo: ©World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Today begins the seventh year of the Syrian refugee crisis.

In 2013, when the crisis was relatively young, our president Rich Stearns met 10-year-old Haya in Jordan. The poem and letter she read to him that day became a pivotal moment in his life: “Do you ever think of the children of Syria?”

Hear from Rich about the impact of that moment, and three and a half years later, join us in reconnecting with Haya.

Investing from the heart

Investing from the heart | World Vision Blog

Global 6K for Water participants at the 2016 race in Chicago. (Photo: ©2016 Gaceface Media)

Asking others to help you fundraise can feel awkward and scary. But it doesn’t have to. Maybe instead of asking for help from their wallet, you can invite them to invest their heart in a cause you believe in.

Here are three ways to help you overcome your fear of fundraising!

Three Kentucky Derbies for clean water

Three Kentucky Derbies for clean water | World Vision Blog

4-year-old Terendash gets a chance to ride a horse outside his family's Ger in Mongolia. (Photo: ©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

At the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 3-year-old thoroughbred horses will race for 10 furlongs. Also on May 6, people will come together worldwide to walk or run 30 furlongs—three Kentucky Derbies—for clean water.

David Henriksen, CEO of iDisciple, grew up in Kentucky, but this year will be spending his first Saturday in May a little differently.

Which race will you be part of on May 6?

When a mother dies

When a mother dies | World Vision Blog

A woman holds an infant in a village in Indonesia. (Photo: ©2014 World Vision/photo by Bartolomeus Marsudiharjo)

What happens when a mother dies? In poorer parts of the world, like the highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a mother's death can be especially devastating to her family's livelihood and survival.

And in 2015, 760 mothers-to-be died every day.

This International Women’s Day, let’s #BeBoldforChange by helping to ensure that poor mothers survive childbirth.

Seeing the real faces of the global water crisis

Seeing the real faces of the global water crisis | World Vision Blog

Kararok scoops dirty water from a hole dug into a dry riverbed in Kenya. (Photo: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

663 million people don't have clean water. It's a difficult number to imagine. But it's time to start putting real faces to this number.

Start with one. Because one more child with clean water brings 663 million down to 662,999,999. And one by one we can bring clean water to children across the globe.

See a great place to start!

Nivesh begins to dream of water and beyond

Nivesh begins to dream of water and beyond | World Vision Blog

11-year-old Nivesh at her school in Zambia. (Photo: @2014 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Without clean water, you and your clothes stay dirty. Imagine being too ashamed to go to church. To school. Without hope or community around you.

Nivesh is a girl whose dreams were dying before they ever had a chance. See how the promise of clean water is giving new life to her dreams!

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.