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12 steps to a deeper relationship with your sponsored child

12 steps to a deeper relationship with your sponsored child | World Vision Blog

A World Vision sponsor meets her sponsored child in Guatemala. (Photo: 2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

What if the best New Year's resolution you can make for 2016 isn't even about you?

This 12-step guide from blogger Rachel Teodoro outlines monthly fun and creative ways that will help you build a deep relationship with the child you sponsor throughout the year!

Struggling to keep warm in winter

Struggling to keep warm in winter | World Vision Blog

Hasmik's mother rubs her hands to warm them. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

How do you survive a seven-month winter when you have next to nothing?

See how Hasmik's family survives in wintry Armenia, and how World Vision is helping to keep families like theirs a little warmer this winter.

Follow the Goats 7: The meaning of Christmas

Follow the Goats 7: The meaning of Christmas | World Vision Blog

It’s nighttime in Zambia. Billy and Grampa Goat are resting in a goat shelter after a long day spent with Lita Munkombwe and her three goats, Mama, Maria, and Mbuzi.

What is the meaning of Christmas … for goats? Today, at the end of their journey around the world, Grampa Goat explains to Billy the importance of that starry night many, many years ago. Read the conclusion of their adventure!

Making a difference, two gifts at a time

Making a difference, two gifts at a time | World Vision Blog

Women at God’s Ranch, a safe home near Tacoma, Washington, received Hope Kits last fall from Thirty-One Gifts and World Vision. (Photo: 2014 World Vision)

Through our partnership with direct sales company Thirty-One Gifts, this Giving Tuesday we're making a difference for families in need two gifts at a time!

Read more about our partnership, the impact we're making around the world together, and how tomorrow your gift will make twice the difference.

Why goats and goatees?

Why goats and goatees? | World Vision Blog

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin is growing a GOATee for a Good Cause! (Photo: Harlem Globetrotters)

Throughout November, six of our friends at the Harlem Globetrotters have been growing GOATees for a Good Cause … for goats!

Today, hear from Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin about his experience, and why goats and goatees this Giving Tuesday.

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!

A season of gratitude and giving

A season of gratitude and giving | World Vision Blog

The Macomber family meets with an HIV support group in Kenya and gives Knit for Kids sweaters to distribute within the community. (Photo: 2014 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

A holiday message from author Debbie Macomber: see the top five Macomber family traditions that help make sure that Christ is the focal point of their Christmas!

What are your Christmas family traditions?

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.