Tag Archives: Faith

Following Jesus into the margins

Following Jesus into the margins | World Vision Blog

12-year-old Babusabya with World Vision staff in the Congo. (Photo: 2013 Muganzi M Isharaza/World Vision)

In the last 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped by almost half! But at the same time, extreme poverty has receded to the most violent and vulnerable "margins" of the world.

Join us today as we take on these most vulnerable issues of our time.

Day 23: I found hope in the arms of God

Day 23: I found hope in the arms of God | World Vision

14-year-old Eranda accepted Jesus at a World Vision summer camp in Albania in 2013! "My happiness is indescribable," she says.

Though her life is simple, and despite her family’s economic situation, her dreams are big. Now she is confident that God will provide the education she longs for, and that He has big plans for her future!

Read her story.

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning

Mutchenda: Be there from the beginning | World Vision Blog

A children's Sunday school choir in Mutchenda, Malawi sings to demonstrate one of their main Sunday activities. (Photo: 2014 Lindiwe Bandazi/World Vision)

Child sponsorship is just getting started in Mutchenda, World Vision's newest community in Malawi!

Hundreds of children are newly registered and waiting for sponsors ... this week we want to find 100 founding sponsors to launch this new community!

Meet Mutchenda through our video, and read about the community's needs and the work that's already begun.

Good Friday: Investing where hope seems dead

One of the most remarkable sentences in all of Scripture comes from the thief who was hanging next to Jesus on the cross. Jesus was just hours from death, and, by all appearances, had failed in his Messianic role.

Just days before, Jesus had entered Jerusalem, hailed as a king with shouts of “Hosanna!” But then, Jesus was betrayed, tried, beaten, and nailed to the cross. In the eyes of the disciples and all of his followers, it was all over.

National Day of Prayer: Pray to end the West Africa hunger crisis

Today is National Day of Prayer, a chance for Christians across the United States to come together around the belief that we serve a God who hears us when we pray.

Join us today in lifting up families affected by the food crisis in West Africa. Failed rains have led to poor harvests across the region, affecting as many as 15 million people in six countries -- Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad, and Burkina Faso. Many families have exhausted their traditional means of coping and are cutting back on the number of meals they eat every day.

Without access to basic nutrition, growing children may suffer developmental issues that can last a lifetime. Your prayers for these families already affected by poverty are urgently needed.

Why my Grandma may be wrong: Living a life of sacrifice

"Sacrifice" is a funny little word. It conjures up images of pain, hurt, and unfinished to-do lists. This word especially takes on a warped meaning when combined with the word “Lent.”

Growing up, Lent was always a little bit of a joke. We teased each other for the excuses we all made for giving into the things we had given up.

My Grandma always had the best excuse. She said that Lent is technically only 40 days if you exclude Sundays, and that on Sunday, she could “break the rules.” I’m almost positive she somehow found biblical support for this, and I wasn’t going to argue if it meant my Sabbath was filled with Thin Mints.

That’s how sacrifice is most of the time, though, isn’t it?

Feeling gratitude — from the heart (Blessings #1 and #2)

Counting your blessings this week for Thanksgiving? We are, too. Blessings #1 and #2: The people we serve and those who serve with us, and the many faithful donors and supporters of World Vision's work around the world. Thank you.

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I was in the Dominican Republic last year with World Vision.

On our last day there, the World Vision staff in Santo Domingo threw us a "goodbye" party. At some point during the festivities, I was asked to say a few words and then pray.

I don't remember what I said exactly, but I remember what happened after I finished. As I handed the microphone back to the sound guy, a woman grabbed my hand. And when my other hand was free, she grabbed it, too, and cupped them inside hers.

When she had my complete attention, the woman began talking. I couldn't understand what she was saying as she spoke in Spanish. I thought about stopping her so I could look around for somebody to translate her words, but so much was happening around us -- talking, laughing, shouting, music, and dancing -- that I felt compelled to keep my eyes on her, listen closely, and experience what she was saying.