Child Sponsorship

An extraordinary Sunday

An extraordinary Sunday | World Vision Blog

Child Ambassador Jim Gross with his Granddaughter Kennady. (Photo: 2013 Jim Gross)

While fans in Seattle and Denver were celebrating their football victories on Sunday, a different wave of excitement was sweeping through a small church community in Houston, Texas. Jim Gross is a World Vision Child Ambassador … this is his story.

Ambassadors of hope for the Congo

Ambassadors of hope for the Congo | World Vision Blog

Martine, recently treated for malnutrition, with her nurse Chiquette in the Ledia community, DRC, December 2012. (Photo: Alice Bafiala Mutombo/World Vision)

World Vision's Child Ambassadors are a network of volunteers and sponsors who go out into their communities as advocates for child sponsorship. This year, they're aiming to maximize their impact by focusing their efforts on a new sponsorship community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called Ledia. Read why!

Top five ways in 2013 to give

Top 5 ways to give of 2013 | World Vision Blog

Ou Sypha, 16, reads the birthday card he received from his sponsor to his friends. (Photo: ©2013 Sopheak Kong/World Vision)

2013 has been an amazing year (but maybe I’m biased; it was my first year with World Vision!) From responding to natural disasters and refugee crises to bringing clean water to a new person every 30 seconds, we’ve been doing great work around the world this year, and we look forward to continuing this work in 2014.

You can help! Are you considering making one more tax-deductible donation before 2013 is over? Here are five categories that have been important in 2013 — to us, to our donors, and to the children we’re serving. Make your choice today!

A gift unmatched

A gift unmatched | World Vision Blog

In September, the World Vision bloggers visited Monica, a former sponsored child, in her home in Guatemala and listened to her story. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Last September, 8 World Vision bloggers traveled to Guatemala to witness child sponsorship at work. In today’s post, blogger Roo Ciambriello reflects back on that trip and recalls a moment at the end of our visit with Monica, a former sponsored child, that taught us all a beautiful lesson about giving. This post originally appeared on Roo’s blog, Neon Fresh.

[Video] Children making sounds of hope

Last month, I led a bloggers trip to Guatemala to witness child sponsorship at work and experience a snapshot of the impact that World Vision is having on communities there.

One of the programs we visited was World Vision's music school and the Sounds of Hope youth orchestra, a program that is truly bringing new life to these rural communities and helping to make children's dreams come true.

[Photos] Children share their dreams

All this month, we've been encouraging our friends and supporters to participate in our #Dreamshare project by sharing your dreams -- for the world, your community, your family, your sponsored child, or particularly for Syrian refugees.

Today, we're sharing with you the dreams of children from around the world. In the photos below, the children are holding up signs that display their dreams, sharing them with the world.

[Guatemala bloggers] Warring against death

During our Guatemala bloggers trip, we met Alma, a former sponsored child who is now the sponsorship coordinator for World Vision Guatemala! Blogger Caleb Wilde interviewed her about being a sponsored child, her job now, and -- because Caleb is a funeral director -- the preventable causes of child mortality in Guatemala.

This post originally appeared on Caleb's blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director.

[Guatemala bloggers] Proof that God exists

The World Vision bloggers returned home from Guatemala a week ago, having witnessed firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Matthew Paul Turner writes about his prayer during the trip to be able to feel and witness the experience.

The post below originally appeared on Matthew’s blog.

The new face of hope in Guatemala

I spent last week in Guatemala, leading a group of eight bloggers to visit the work World Vision is doing there and witnessing how that work brings hope to the children, families, and communities we serve.

And it was amazing! These kids are amazing. Their passions for Jesus and for music are all but tangible and contagious. But these passions come from somewhere: a history steeped in violence and loss.

[Guatemala bloggers] To Guatemala with love

Today, the World Vision bloggers return home. All week, we've witnessed the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities in Guatemala through child sponsorship. Jessica Shyba looks back on the week and reflects on the many ways she has found this trip meaningful and moving.

The post below originally appeared on Jessica's's blog, Momma's Gone City.

[Guatemala bloggers] Seedlings

Here in Guatemala, the World Vision bloggers are visiting the children and families that World Vision works with through a variety of programs. We’ve traveled here to witness the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Jamie Wright describes two of the programs that have impressed her most so far.

The post below originally appeared on Jamie's blog, The Very Worst Missionary.

[Guatemala bloggers] Speaking love through soccer balls and bear hugs

Our second day in Guatemala, the World Vision bloggers had the amazing opportunity to meet the children they sponsor! We’re here witnessing the ways that World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship.

Shelby Zacharias describes meeting 8-year-old Gerson for the first time.

[Guatemala bloggers] Let's be ordinary. Let's be extravagant.

Yesterday was the World Vision bloggers' first day in the field in Guatemala! We’re witnessing and bringing to you firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Micha Boyett reflects on her first in-person, face-to-face experience with World Vision sponsorship.

The post below originally appeared on Micha’s blog.

[Guatemala bloggers] Join me in empathy

Last night, the World Vision bloggers arrived in Guatemala! We're here to see firsthand how World Vision’s work helps transform the lives of children, families, and communities through child sponsorship. Caleb Wilde, a funeral director and one of our eight bloggers, invites you to join him in empathy for children in Guatemala.

The post below originally appeared on Caleb’s blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director.