Tag Archives: Team World Vision

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?

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!

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!

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.

Running for life

Running for life | World Vision Blog

Tammy Kasal after running the Monster half-marathon.

Every day, our amazing supporters – like Lopez Lomong, Daniel Bauer, and Kristy Everard – overcome their own challenges to help people in need around the world by running for Team World Vision.

Today, read about our fourth and final runner, Tammy Kasal, and how she overcame her "fear of failure and desire to control my life" and said "Yes" to God's call!

A God-sized goal

A God-sized goal | World Vision Blog

Kristy Everard (back row) with Team World Vision runners.

This month, we're honoring Team World Vision runners and the challenges they have faced and overcome. You can read Olympian Lopez Lomong's story here and Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer's story here.

Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!

Faith that stretches

Faith that stretches | World Vision Blog

Team World Vision runner and teacher, Daniel Bauer, with some of his students.

Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer is a runner with Team World Vision, and leads his own team of student runners to raise money for clean water in Africa: "I know that God loves the poor and loves kids. Our marathon team is the perfect fusion of God’s love."

Read about the challenges these kids have faced and overcome in order to help other kids around the world!

Against all odds

Against all odds | World Vision Blog

Lopez Lomong and other Nike Pro runner team members training in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo: ©2012 Jon Warren/World Vision)

“It feels like I am a million miles away from where I might have been, had God not interrupted my life from the course it was taking. I've gone from being a ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan to a proud U.S. citizen who is loved and cared for by so many people in this country – no longer ‘lost!’” –Lopez Lomong

Messages of love

Messages of love | World Vision Blog

Violet visiting her sponsored child Cedric and his family in Uganda, whom she sponsored at a Casting Crowns concert. (Photo: Violet Galaviz)

Looking ahead to Valentine's Day on Friday, we want to give thanks for the love you have shown us, our work, and the children and communities we serve around the world. We can't do this work without you! Thank you for your love … we love you, too!

In today's photoblog, five teams here at World Vision each highlight one of their supporters that has been influential and inspirational to them.

Olympians for hope

Olympians for hope | World Vision Blog

U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong gives Travis Blanton a pep talk during an exchange point at the Hood to Coast Relay. (Photo: Wes Kriesel)

As we approach the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Friday, we take a look back at the summer games of 2012 in London, and our friend and supporter Lopez Lomong who competed in the Men’s 5,000 Meter.

This photo series and video show Lomong running this past summer with Team World Vision in the Hood to Coast relay event in Oregon.

Anatomy of a 100-mile race

Fourteen hours before the start of yesterday's Chicago Marathon, four friends set off to run a total of 100 miles (74 miles to the start of the Chicago Marathon) in a bid to secure sponsors for 400 children. World Vision writer James Addis followed their progress on his own little adventure through part of the night and during the marathon itself — sometimes by taxi, sometimes by bicycle, and sometimes by train…

The assignment

What a mission! Our four runners will run 74 miles mostly along the Chicago lakefront all through the night, before reaching the Chicago Marathon starting line in time for the beginning of the official race.

The four runners are:

  • Paul Jansen Van Rensburg, 37, a pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois
  • Rusty Funk, 26, Team World Vision staffer, based in Chicago
  • Michael Chitwood, 36, National director of Team World Vision, based in Chicago
  • Hannah Covert, 24, a nurse from Arizona

They all have one thing in common: They have seen sponsorship at work in Africa and are passionate to see more children sponsored.

Saturday (October 8,2011): Let the 100 miles begin...

3:30 p.m. Team meeting in a tiny hotel room. The four runners plus several support staff. The mood is jovial. Steve Spear, a pastor at Willow Creek Church, prays for the team. He asks for protection, courage, and perseverance, should the runners feel like giving up, and also for the hundreds of children who will be sponsored and whose lives will be changed. Afterward, we wander down to the lakefront for the big send-off.

Train. Pray. Run. (6 questions with a 100-mile runner)

Superman can defy gravity. Captain America has superhuman speed and endurance. Spider-Man can scale walls. For practically every law of nature, there is a superhero who can break that natural law.

Michael Chitwood is one of those guys. Where no single person in their human physical condition should be able to do what he is about to do, Chitwood and three others are going to do just that. They're going to run 100 miles in 21 straight hours -- 74 miles through the night starting this afternoon, October 8, and then they will join 1,000 Team World Vision teammates for the final 26.2 miles of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

When Michael first told me he was running 100 miles, I, of course, didn't believe him. One hundred miles in and of itself sounds humanly impossible. And doing any sort of physical activity for 21 straight hours -- well, I don't think most of us could even sleep for that amount of time. So you can understand my fascination with understanding why this team is going to such great lengths (literally). I recently chatted with Michael to get the 411 on his longest race yet.

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Lindsey (L): Okay, I have to ask…are you crazy for running 100 miles?!!

Michael (M): You know, I've been getting asked that question a lot lately. Really, I've been asked that question a lot since I ran my first marathon in 2003. Some people thought I was crazy to run a marathon, because I had never run and was pretty overweight at the time -- 265 pounds. Then, when I did my first Ironman Triathlon, some of my friends thought I was crazy. Then, last year, I did my first ultramarathon, a 56-mile run in South Africa…my friends said I was crazy. But for the first time in eight years, and after running all of these events, I have to admit…this one, running 100 miles, it's maybe just a little crazy.

Horn of Africa crisis: 14 strategies to make an impact

(Editor's note: In an international campaign to raise awareness about the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, World Vision offices around the world are coming together to tolerate #faminenomore. Will you join us?) Why help? Why raise awareness? What could I possibly do to make an impact for the 12.4 million affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa? [From the photo above] When the maize crop failed yet again this year, Hadija Hassan Abdi, 28, took her children and hitched rides for 8 days and nights until she reached the safety of Burtinle camp in Somalia. Along the way she begged for food for her children from strangers. She has been in the camp only 4 days, just long enough to construct a tiny stick hut covered in cloth scraps. There is nothing on the floor and no cooking utensils. She and eldest daughter, Nurto, 10 (on right, wearing orange scarf) are able to earn a little by hauling garbage away for families in nearby Burtinle city. But mostly she still survives primarily by begging. I wonder how we'd react if she came to us for help? This story from Jon Warren, World Vision photographer in Somalia, really struck me. If Hadija and Nurto were begging right outside my door, what would I do? I live in Seattle, where I see people begging a lot -- sometimes I respond by giving and sometimes I don't. Hadija and Nurto aren't outside my door, but I can't ignore their story, their need. They are as real as the people needing help right in front of me. 12.4 million people are affected by hunger, fighting for their lives -- that's a big problem to wrap our minds around. But I know this... together, we can make an impact. So what could you possibly do to help those in crisis in the Horn of Africa? Start here.


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What would you paddle 6,000 miles for?

About a week ago I got this great email from a colleague telling me all about this recent college graduate who is embarking on a 15-month adventure around the Great Loop. (I confess I didn't know what the Great Loop is so I looked it up: The Great Loop is a continuous waterway around the eastern United States and Canada... The route ranges from 5,000 to 7,500 miles, passing through many states and several climate zones. Source: http://www.paddleforwells.com)

So, needless, to say... the Great Loop is basically an extraordinary waterway that would be no easy or quick trip for anyone. And what's more? Josh Tart is going to paddle the whole thing in his kayak. (This is where you and I have the same reaction -- WHAT!!??!)

Why I run...

Maybe running's not your thing. So marathons wouldn't really be your thing. Five kilometers or 42.195 kilometers -- definitely not your thing.

Maybe your thing is music, or sporting events, or enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Now that sounds a lot more like the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

That's because this marathon isn't really your average running venture. Local bands play live music, and cheer squads line the roads every mile. Lake Washington neighbors come out of their homes to join the "crowd" en route from Tukwila, Washington, to downtown Seattle. It's a "running [and I would add, outdoor entertainment] nirvana," as the marathon Facebook page says.