Enhancing Character

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 3, 2019 3:38:00 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

Enhancing Character
Tsega considers her spiritual growth to be a blessing.

Nine-year-old Tsega Seifu, is one of the vibrant children in the Sunday school at Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus. She has been in Sunday school since she was three and has enjoyed the fellowship ever since. She is a Children’s Choir member and considers the steady spiritual growth to be a blessing. ‘‘I very much like reading the story of Eve and Adam but do not want to be disobedient as she was,’’ she said.

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Thirst Quenching; Water and Spiritual Nourishment For Children

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2019 1:12:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Victor (left) with a friend from Bible club

“There was a spiritual vacuum that existed among the pupils that needed to be filled.” That was the sentiment of Luke Masika (49), a primary school teacher and leader of the Bible club at Kyanganga Primary School, in Machakos County, Kenya. He is nostalgic about the genesis of the Bible club. “We started partnering with World Vision in 2013, under the spiritual nurture program and our work was to nurture spiritual talents among the children.” Luke remembers that before the program began, students were reluctant to pray, read the Bible or attend Sunday School.

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The Rise of Daniel

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2019 11:25:00 AM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Water, Education, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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It’s exactly 12:00 noon and I can feel the heat wave from the scorching sun as we make our way to Wetaa Primary School in Machakos County.

Our mission is to meet Daniel Katunga Mutuku (13), a grade 7 student, who is the school’s Bible club leader. It took us a short time to find Daniel, who is well known to the teachers and pupils due to his musical and rhythmic aptitude. He found his passion early in life. “I fellowship at Sacred Heart Wetaa Catholic Church and where I attend Sunday school. At school I lead the school Bible club and l love singing and learning how to play a piano. When I grow up I want to be a gospel singer,” shared Daniel.

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The Promised Land

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Pastors Roman and Fanny prepare a lesson

Sabanagrande is a small town located in the south region of Honduras. The people who live there are hard-working people. They are grateful that God’s love is present in their community. Roman Bueso and his wife Fanny Zambrano have been living in Sabanagrande for more than 20 years. They both serve as pastors at the Amor Viviente Church, which translated means, ‘living love church'. “Teaching Gods love to the youth and kids has brought peace to each person in the community,” says Pastor Roman.

A few years ago, things were different in the community. Violence and bullying surrounded the school environments, gangs and other groups started to organize in the neighborhoods, recruiting vulnerable teenagers who didn’t find love or acceptance at home. “We use to live in Tegucigalpa. But I felt in my heart, a call from God to move into this community. Because with His help, we knew that we could change lives,” Pastor Roman remembers. He decided to serve God and become a pastor when he was 35 years old.

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Five ways we help children experience the love of God

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Andrea Peer posted in Christian Discipleship, WV, International Day

Five-Ways

Nearly 3.5 million children and youth participate in World Vision discipleship and values education to strengthen their faith, their relationships, and their sense of self-worth. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

At Christmas, we celebrated the birth of Jesus — the Light of the World. Through all of our work and throughout the year, we follow Jesus in spreading his light, to “shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NIV).

Our work to reduce material poverty goes hand-in-hand with our work in Christian discipleship to overcome spiritual poverty. Children cannot truly experience fullness of life unless they have the opportunity to experience and deepen their understanding of God’s love.

In the next five years, World Vision has a plan to expand our work to engage at least 2.5 million people in activities that strengthen the Christian faith of children and youth.

There are five main areas in which we help children experience the love of God:

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Building the next Christian generation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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Fetlework with several of her Sunday school students. 

Listen to Mesrach read this story.

“I know what these kids were missing because I have been in their position,” says Fetlework. “During my time as a Sunday school student, we had the smallest kid from age three to the oldest at 14. We all sat in one classroom and most of the things said, I don’t remember. Me and my friends never liked that,” Fetlework said

Pastor Getnet remembers too, “Full Gospel Church had a Sunday school service however it was practiced differently. Parents used to bring their children and drop them into one large classroom where all of the kids used to sit. They only had one teacher assigned and whenever the teacher missed church we let them join the congregation since we had no other option.” 

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Youth gain leadership skills and confidence in ministry

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2018 5:06:55 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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“Trial and error,” “no clear direction,” “no teaching, no nothing”—these are the words that teachers at Kaboson Primary School in Kenya used to describe how they taught the weekly Christian Religious Education class.

Although the class is required by the Kenyan government, there are no lesson plans provided. Most teachers resorted to simply singing songs, as they didn’t know how to teach Bible stories or use them to explain values by which children should live.

Bullying and other examples of poor discipline were frequent in the school, especially between the boys and girls. 

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God created us. He can mend us.

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2018 4:56:54 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Philippines, WV

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Jimmy Recodia (pictured right) knew he was leading a double life.

On Sundays, he was the obedient son of a well-respected village pastor in the Philippines and was attending college to become a teacher.

But during the week, he let his addiction to Internet gaming rule him. Invited by a friend to try out a multiplayer battle simulation game, computer gaming rapidly became his life’s focus. 

Spending all his time and money in computer shops, he was failing his classes. He argued constantly with his aunt, with whom he was living while in college. His parents’ admonishments went unheeded.

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'Together, we are part of something big'

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2018 4:48:33 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, El Salvador, Honduras

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Diego’s life revolved around his gang member friends, who gave him a sense of belonging that he didn’t find with his family. Despite living on the streets and being constantly high on drugs, somehow he managed to continue in school— which is where he met Pastor Alberto, who was using the training he’d received from World Vision to teach youth in schools about values.

Something about Pastor Alberto drew him in. Although Diego (pictured right) knew that the life he was living did not reflect any of the values the pastor was teaching, he volunteered to assist with the classes. And he felt something change in his heart. 

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Raising up young leaders for Christ

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2018 4:39:51 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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The sun beats down on the iron sheet metal that covers Potter’s Restoration Fellowship Church in Changamwe, Kenya, creating oven-like temperatures inside.

But 12-year-old Vanessa (pictured right) leads the children’s Bible club, undeterred by the heat as she explains Bible stories, encourages the children to sing praise songs, and organizes a skit that illustrates the lesson they are learning. It might seem doubtful that many children would choose to be inside on such a hot day, but Mary Kombe, the adult leader of the Bible club, says attendance has soared to 70 children from none.

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