Youth gain leadership skills and confidence in ministry

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

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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 WV, Christian Discipleship, Philippines, Impact Stories

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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 WV, Christian Discipleship, Honduras, El Salvador, Impact Stories

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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 WV, Christian Discipleship, Kenya, Impact Stories

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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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Sing a new song to the Lord

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2018 9:28:21 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Ethiopia

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Yerosen’s earliest experiences with Sunday school left her with little understanding of Jesus’ love. But after her church participated in the Ethiopia Christian Discipleship Project, she learned to love stories from the Bible and found her voice in the church choir.

Although Yerosen’s parents faithfully brought her to church each Sunday as a child, she says that she really didn’t learn much about Jesus.

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Learning to guide children with love and creativity

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2017 9:16:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, El Salvador

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Frustrated by the challenges of managing her Sunday school class, this volunteer teacher was ready to give up. But participating in the Christian Discipleship Project’s training that mentors young adults to nurture children’s faith gave Johana Mariela the support she needed to continue.

Johana was burned out and discouraged. After four years as a Sunday school teacher in El Salvador, she felt as though her hard work wasn’t appreciated or respected by the children’s parents.

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Rich Stearns, Outreach Magazine: Why should we care what happens to people after they are saved?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2017 9:54:00 PM / by Richard Stearns posted in News, Rich Stearns, Christian Discipleship, WV

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In this article for Outreach Magazine, Rich Stearns reminds us that of the fact "if we only care about souls and not the urgent realities of people’s lives, we are not embracing the second pillar of our faith, the Great Commandment—loving others because we love God. We are to preach the good news and also demonstrate it." Read about how World Vision's project to bring piped water to Kalawa Kenya has brought a dramatic increase in baptisms in addition to other community changes.  

 



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Universal Children's Day: A reason to listen

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2017 10:48:35 AM / by Kari Costanza posted in Impact Stories, International Day, Water, Christian Discipleship, WV

Nirvana in Honduras
In eastern Honduras, 9-year-old Nirvana will soon receive clean water from World Vision.

As parents, it’s much easier to talk than to listen. But listening is what our children need us to do. It’s a hallmark of World Vision’s work to involve everyone in decision making — men, women, and children.

Every year on November 20, Universal Children’s Day reminds us to listen to children around the world, children who see problems from a point of view that we adults have long forgotten.

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Christian Discipleship is building confidence in children in Ethiopia

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2016 1:37:04 PM / by Mesrach Ayele, World Vision Ethiopia posted in Ethiopia, Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV

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The Gurage area is located 195 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. People in this area are known for being hard workers and successful entrepreneurs. Along with that commendable trait, comes the fact that they prefer to lead a very cautious and quiet life, causing others to perceive them as submissive and meaningless. Gurage is a place where people still hold onto this dangerous cultural practice that can effect children and women specifically. The demeaning word used for them is tokenet,which means minor or insignificant. This attitude makes them feel dejected, rendering them incapable of standing up for themselves over time. Those who are labeled are not allowed to take part in any cultural activity or public gathering.

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