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Praying for Turkana

During the True Spirit of Christmas Tour, we have seen how lives in Turkana, Kenya, are being changed through gifts like chickens and goats. While in Kenya, our team also had the chance to get to know John Okere, who helps oversee World Vision's work there.

John has worked for World Vision for six years because he believes in the positive impact of our work on communities.

“We touch people’s lives directly, and we see transformation almost immediately.”

John earned a degree in public health from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, and uses his knowledge to help families in the Turkana region.

Today, he shares with us how we can be praying for the people of Turkana.

Sponsorship: A light in Brian’s future

In the most beautiful, mountainous landscape you could ever imagine, the Rift Valley of Kenya is a land of contrasts.

While waterfalls, canyons, and wild monkeys complement glorious sunsets, not all who find themselves in this land have time to appreciate its beauty -- at least, not when basic needs aren’t met.

[Video] Away in a manger

During this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, you have seen our host Kris Allen learn about the life-giving benefits of clean water and the gift of chickens. You've even seen him herd goats.

What you haven't seen him do is the thing he is most known for -- singing.

Today, that changes. You get the chance to see Kris Allen share a song with Sylvia and her family.

[Video] The 'new' sustainable gift

Yesterday, we introduced you to Mary, a woman who tragically lost everything in a flood. Goats from the World Vision Gift Catalog were a vital part of her regaining hope and stability in her life.

Kris Allen, host of the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, had the chance to visit Mary's village and farm. Watch and see what he learned about the life-changing impact these goats have had on Mary and her family.

The most humbling thing about it all...

Kris Allen, host of the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas tour, has been traveling with World Vision across Kenya for over a week now. During this time, he's had the chance to meet amazing people, participate in new experiences, and go places he had never been before.

Today, Kris shares what he has been thinking throughout his experience.

Chickens: Small gift, big impact

Mary knows the True Spirit of Christmas personally -- because she has experienced a life-changing gift for herself. World Vision provided Mary with nine chickens as a source of income and nutrition.

Kris Allen, host of World Vision's 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, had the chance to meet Mary and her seven children -- and hear how these chickens from the World Vision Gift Catalog have changed their lives for the better.

Child sponsorship opens the door to a better future

Josh Cox, world-class runner and America's record-holder for the 50K, meets his sponsored child, Rodgers, as part of this year's True Spirit of Christmas Tour. Josh shares how sponsorship has changed Rodgers' life, family, and community -- and his own life.

The votes are in....

We asked if you would rather see Kris Allen attempt to make a bracelet with the artisans at Zakale creations or learn a dance from his new friends in Kenya. You voted -- now watch the video to find out the result!

World AIDS day: Why do headstones outnumber headlines?

World AIDS Day is December 1. Dean Owen, senior adviser for communications at World Vision International, shares his experience with how AIDS has affected a community in South Africa -- and how this pandemic has shaped humanity since its discovery in the 1980s.

[Video] An American Idol in Nairobi

In Nairobi, Kenya, on the first day of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, host Kris Allen met John Mucheru, founder of Zakale Creations.

John has founded a business that gives at-risk youth a chance to learn job skills, earn money, and most importantly, have the opportunity to live a better life.

Watch this video to see how Kris spent the day with John and some of the people whose lives have been impacted by Zakale Creations.

Giving new purpose to youth amid desperate need

American Idol's Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, writes about his experiences on his first day in Nairobi, Kenya, as he travels with World Vision to see how gifts donated through our Gift Catalog help change the lives of children and families in need.

Zakale: a new creation

Zakale is the Swahili word for what has been thrown away being made new again.

John Mucheru is a living example of this word. As a young man, John says he engaged in activities that were not pleasing to God. After turning his life over to the Lord, however, he discovered that he possessed a gift in art and handcrafts.