Child Sponsorship

[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.

The problem with a breadless Gospel

The problem with a breadless Gospel | World Vision Blog

Yesterday, the World Vision Bloggers visited the home of Mariam, 3, and Varhan, 4 in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works" –James 2:14

Blogger and author Jarrid Wilson writes from Armenia: "We cannot ignore the needs of those around us."

Light a candle, plant a tree

Light a candle, plant a tree | World Vision Blog

The Cathedral of St. Etchmiatsin, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

After the World Vision Bloggers' first day in Armenia—visiting Etchmiatsin Cathedral and the genocide memorial—Addie Zierman reflects on the ways in which we bear witness to tragedy and poverty, and how we can respond to suffering.

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God

Looking for rainbows amid suffering, genocide, and other mysteries of God | World Vision Blog

Church in Armenia. (Photo: 2014 Nune Hayrapetyan/World Vision)

The World Vision Bloggers are in Armenia!

Author, speaker, and blogger Matthew Paul Turner kicks us off with a reflection on the story of Noah's Ark, Armenia's long and complex history, and his hopes for this trip.

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia

Five reasons why I’m excited to go to Armenia | World Vision Blog

Yerevan, Armenia with a view of Mt. Ararat. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Our Armenia Bloggers Trip starts this week!

Join us on our journey to the land of Noah and of second chances as we explore how World Vision tackles the root causes of poverty in this ancient Christian nation … and during the cold, bitter winter.

The power of a grandmother’s love

The power of a grandmother’s love | World Vision Blog

Elizabeth with 2 of her 24 grandchildren in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Collins Kaumba/World Vision)

Elizabeth in Zambia is the matriarch of her family. But this grandmother's primary role isn't only to love and dote on them … she's their provider. And for the past few years, she has struggled.

Through her church and a variety of World Vision programs, Elizabeth can now show her love to her family through food, education, health, and a life transformed out of poverty!

When Moses got milk

When Moses got milk | World Vision Blog

Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision

Our writer/photographer team Kari and Jon are in Rwanda this week! On Tuesday, they met 11-year-old Moses, an orphan who was brought back from the brink of death by milk.

See how cows and a pay-it-forward spirit are helping to transform Rwandan communities and young lives.

A second chance at Christmas

A second chance at Christmas | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Sona was a sponsored child in Gyumri, Armenia in 2003. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is Christmas in Armenia!

The land where Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood in Genesis, Armenia has long been a land of second chances. See how today, Armenia is getting a second chance after the fall of communism, and how World Vision is helping through child sponsorship and more.

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist

Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist | World Vision Blog

"When I see a child crying, that affects me.” Joel, 22, is pursuing his big dream of being a painter in Peru.

Having been a child worker, Joel understands that life better than most. That's why his college thesis is a series of paintings depicting child workers.

See how his life transformed from a laborer to an artist!

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for

Day 17: What I didn’t wish for | World Vision Blog

Jane Sutton-Redner, the editorial director of our World Vision Magazine, first met Jhon in Peru – the "singer of his neighborhood" – when he was 6, back in 1997. She quickly arranged to sponsor him.

Jhon is 24 now, and Jane had the opportunity to visit him again last month! See the difference her relationship has made in his life, and the dream that came true for him that she hadn't even wished for.

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts

Day 4: The blessings of special gifts | World Vision Blog

Special Gifts are extra donations that you can send to your sponsored child: our staff in the field will meet with the family and use that gift to purchase whatever they need most!

See how Tony in Kenya and his family have been blessed through gifts from his sponsor.

Day 3: No more lost dreams

No more lost dreams | World Vision Blog

Antonio in Mozambique had to give up his dream job because he didn't have a birth certificate. But now his children won't have to face that challenge because through World Vision sponsorship, the whole family now has birth certificates.

World Vision’s child sponsorship program approaches community development holistically: providing clean water, healthcare, access to education, nutritious food, economic development, and more!

Through your support, communities supported by World Vision are equipped to fulfill the dream and vision that God has for all of His people. See it at work in Mozambique!

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives

How sponsoring a child changes the trajectory of young lives | World Vision Blog

Photo: Jeana Shandraw/SurfandSunshine.com

The World Vision Bloggers are in the Philippines! Follow their trip here.

Yesterday, they visited a World Vision sponsorship community in Dulag, where the children were excited and anxious to write Christmas cards to their American sponsors. Jennifer James describes why …

Defenders of childhood

Defenders of childhood | World Vision Blog

Cheerful children at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Bangladesh. (©2013 Plaban Ganguly/World Vision)

Often, it takes a community of supporters to lift another community out of poverty. That’s why World Vision’s Child Ambassadors are so powerful: They build a community of passionate advocates who together have the power to make a difference in the world!

Read about Stu and Celeste Sherman from Connecticut, who are working to build a community of child sponsors to help change a community and defend childhood in Bangladesh.

Labor of love

Labor of love | World Vision Blog

3-year-old Omega enjoys the benefits of a healthy and improved life style provided by a sustainable source of income. (Photo: ©2014 Annila Harris/World Vision)

Tlangnunthang was once a poor casual laborer in India with no steady income and a grim future, but now he has become a successful rubber entrepreneur, earning a sustainable income and dreaming big.

Aiming to help him generate a sustainable income, World Vision gave him 200 rubber tree saplings, which have enabled his family to have access to good food, health, and education. And two of his children are sponsored through World Vision!