World Refugee Day: Bringing hope to the world's hardest places

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2018 5:23:38 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in International Day, Refugee Crisis, Emergency Relief, WV

Abdul and his two sons are leaving Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh after spending a long odious night in the tent filled with rainwater.

Around the world, 65.6 million people — 1 of every 113 people on the planet — have been forcibly displaced, either in their own country or across borders as refugees. That’s almost as many people as the combined populations of California and Texas, the most populous states in the U.S.

On World Refugee Day, June 20, World Vision recognizes the responsibility we have as Christians to care for people in need. As a child-focused organization, World Vision is strongly committed to serving refugees, more than half of whom worldwide are children. Humanitarian crises always deliver the heaviest blows to the poorest — especially children — in the most underdeveloped, unstable parts of the world. Our faith calls us to reach out to God’s children in need, to protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope.

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Huffington Post: ‘Christmas’ Comes to a Refugee Tent

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 5:56:00 PM / by Richard Stearns posted in Emergency Relief, WV, Impact Stories, Syria, Refugee Crisis

christmas_syria.jpgI’m a sucker for a touching Christmas story. Here’s one that’s as good as anything you’ll see on the Hallmark Channel. Set in the wretched conditions of a refugee settlement, it’s a story about love, joy, peace – and a man named Christmas.


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Hope where there is no hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 12:34:32 PM / by Lyné Brown posted in Emergency Relief, Jordan, Refugee Crisis, Personal Narrative, NLC, World Changers, WV

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Lyné Brown is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is the story of her trip to see World Vision's work in Jordan.

“I am talking on behalf of Syrian children, calling on you—the people of the other world. Have you ever thought of Syria? Have you ever thought of the children of Syria? My country, Syria?

We fear you are forgetting us….”

This is part of a letter written by a 10-year-old girl named Haya. She read it to Rich Stearns when he made a trip to Jordan in 2013 to meet with Syrian refugees for the first time. This letter haunts me.

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