World Changer Profile: Cyndi and Mark Bluhm

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2019 3:14:54 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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Cyndi and Mark Bluhm are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Mark Bluhm gave his wife, Cyndi, one of the best gifts she’s ever received. And you might not guess what it was.

Knowing that since childhood his bride has had a heart for those in need, Mark Bluhm gave his wife the “gift” of sponsoring a child in Swaziland, named Ntsetselelo, through World Vision. A few years later, a friend challenged Cyndi to run a half-marathon with Team World Vision to bring clean water to Ntsetselelo’s community. And although she doesn’t consider herself a runner, Cyndi rose to the challenge! When Mark “nudged” many of his executive friends to support the run, the couple raised over $6,000 for water in Mhlosheni, Swaziland.

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World Changer Profile: Glenn and Carole Daves

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2019 9:15:01 AM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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Glenn and Carole Daves are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Although Glenn and Carole Daves didn’t set out with a mission to care for the poor, they each made a decision that would eventually lead them there: they committed themselves to following Jesus. Glenn came to know Christ in high school, and Carole became a follower of Jesus in college. Together they committed themselves to pursue what Jesus wants to do in this world. Shortly after they were married, twenty-nine years ago, the couple understood enough of Jesus’ concern for the poor that they began sponsoring a child through World Vision.

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World Changer Profile: Joe and Amy Wu

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2019 8:37:42 AM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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Joe and Amy Wu are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Like many immigrants from Taiwan in the 1970s and 1980s, the families of Joe and Amy Wu left behind social networks and established careers to migrate to the United States for their children to access greater educational opportunities. Joe and Amy were both raised in Southern California, in a suburb near Pasadena—Joe since age ten, and Amy since age eight. They eventually met at church while playing music together on the worship team, Joe leading on voice and guitar and Amy on piano. Thirty-plus years later, they still serve together on the worship team at their local church!

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World Vision Launches Chosen, Ushers in a New Era of Child Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2019 5:34:25 AM / by World Vision Staff posted in WV, sponsorship

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Children now have the power to choose their sponsor

For the first time in its seven-decade history, World Vision is launching a new invitation into child sponsorship. The Christian humanitarian organization is enabling children to choose their sponsors through an innovative experience called ChosenTM.

“Chosen puts the power to choose their sponsor in the hands of the child,” says Edgar Sandoval Sr., president of World Vision U.S.

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International Literacy Day: Recognizing the Critical Role of Reading

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 1:02:00 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Zambia, Education, Impact Stories, WV, International Day

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Lightwell is engrossed in reading his book
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(©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

What would your life be like if you never learned how to read? If these words appeared to you as unintelligible scribbles, a language you didn’t understand? How would you read a prescription? Or a stop sign? For approximately 56% of elementary-aged children — 387 million around the world — this is their reality as they do not meet minimum reading proficiency standards.

Every year on Sept. 8, we recognize International Literacy Day and the critical role reading plays in daily life. Education is at the heart of sustainable development; without education, it’s nearly impossible to break free from poverty. 

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Ethiopia-WATER: Manual Drilling Eases Tringo's Burden

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 9:51:00 AM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

“Getting up as early as 5:00am and walking every day for one hour to a nearby water source to fetch water was really wearisome,” said Tringo Buche (18). She is a twelfth- grader and lives with her parents and five siblings in Gatame village in the Hula district, 240 miles south of Ethiopia’s capital.

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Enhancing Character

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

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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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Two Sides of a Canal

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2019 11:52:00 AM / by Alfonsias Haamanjanji posted in Economic Empowerment, Zambia, Impact Stories, WV

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Bernard and his wife on their farm

In the Mpika Area Program of northern Zambia, World Vision is hard at work. Farmers have been introduced to the Economic Empowerment program called THRIVE—Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments. It is a proven model for economic transformation and for altering world views that perpetuate poverty.

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This is Not a Place for Children

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Ajitson Justus posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, India, WV

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Children are busy with their homework at the CFLRC 

When you walk into Kolkata’s largest red-light area, you will end up in an open space with some colorfully painted walls. The paintings have an elephant dancing with a horse and other such curious images. There is a temple with a community hall at one end, and World Vision India’s Child Friendly Learning and Recreation Center (CFLRC) at the other.

As it gets dark, women who are engaged in prostitution, walk with their children and drop them off at the CFLRC. Two rooms side to side will provide shelter, education and a few healthy snacks for about sixty children.

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