Especially as we come together with friends and family during the holidays, we can find ourselves so easily divided by differences.
But we can overcome our differences by focusing on what we have in common and loving our neighbors the way Jesus showed us, both here and across the globe.
This Thanksgiving, Rich Stearns encourages us to pray for those—like refugees—who don't have the homes, food, and family we celebrate today.
As the world celebrates International Artist Day today, join us in honoring Ibrahim—a painter from Mosul, Iraq who was displaced from his home two years ago.
His powerful work captures the heart and soul of a Christian artist whose home has been destroyed by a war that is intensifying today.
See Iraq through his eyes.
Not only does emergency food aid help keep people alive and nourished in times of crisis, it can also give them a sense of normalcy during times of trauma and change.
See how innovative projects through the World Food Program are empowering people like Saeeda—who was displaced from Mosul, Iraq two years ago—to cook her favorite recipes from home.
And try making Dolma yourself!
The global refugee crisis is an opportunity to demonstrate what we as Christians stand for: compassion, not fear; people, not politics; and concern for others. It’s our chance to show that we don’t see refugees as unloved. We try to see them as God does: as made in His image, full of potential, and beloved.
As athletes compete this week in Brazil, they are striving for the glory of being the best in the world.
Former Olympic runner Lopez Lomong's story—of being a Lost Boy of Sudan and refugee, to becoming an American and Olympian—shows us what true glory looks like: "a life lived for others."
Read his story.
It's all right to feel, even when it hurts.
Many refugee children don't know how to cope with traumatic memories. Meet Mohammed, who leads children in song at our Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon to help them learn how to express themselves.
He's expressing his own emotions, too.
As we celebrate America this holiday weekend, World Vision USA president Richard Stearns reminds us that we are citizens of Christ first.
God has blessed our nation, but for Christians those blessings come with a purpose. See the priorities our faith commands:
World Refugee Day remembers those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Their number is staggering: almost 60 million. Today, one in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.
But these people are more than just numbers. They are some of the most incredible people on earth, as World Vision writer Kari Costanza found in Iraq.
Meet Chandra and Dan Brissette: they lived in Damascus, Syria, while working with the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2004.
In today’s Q&A, they talk about how much they loved pre-war Syria, why they were inspired last fall to help refugees of the Syrian crisis — by starting a fundraiser for socks! — and their hopes for Syria’s tomorrow.
"As Christians, we smile."
Our writer Kari Costanza is in Iraq right now. Just the other night, she had dinner with a mother, Rajaa, and her family who have been displaced by conflict.
Meet this family with Kari, hear about their journey, and see what it's like to be a mother away from home.
Peace in Rwanda is something of a miracle after the 1994 genocide. Now, the people are greater together with each other, World Vision, and God's love.
Read how Rwanda's story of peace and reconciliation gives us hope for the people of Syria in crisis today.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the greatest humanitarian crisis of our day. It's big, bigger than any one of us. And that's why we pray: because together, with God, we can accomplish anything.
Today, join us in action on behalf of refugees … Join us in prayer.
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." –Matthew 25:35 (ESV).
See how Christians in Iraq, displaced by conflict, are focused on surviving together as a community and finding refuge for their children and neighbors.
In April of 1994, after decades of tension between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups, the assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president sparked the massacre of an estimated 800,000 people in a Hutu attempt to wipe out the minority Tutsi population. The genocide began in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali and quickly spread within the country, forcing millions to flee as refugees to neighboring countries.
The genocide ended 100 days later in July when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RFP) took over Kigali. They remain the political party in power today.
Three World Vision staff members who spent time in Rwanda during and just after the genocide give their testimonies—stories of unbelief at the inhumanity, but also of how the 20-year transition to peace and forgiveness is “beyond human comprehension.”
Writer and photographer Christine Anderson recently traveled with us to Iraq, where she met baby Zaina and her family, who have been displaced by conflict.
Journey with her to meet the people she encountered along the way, and see the hope she discovered there for Iraqis struggling to survive.
During humanitarian crises like armed conflict and natural disasters, violence—especially against women and girls—has been shown to increase. This culture of violence can be one of the greatest challenges for people like refugees who are affected by crisis.
In these situations, some parents marry their young daughters off early to protect them … but in reality, child marriage is just another form of this violence. Our gender expert explains:
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.
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.