Monday, December 18, 2017 - 07:26 by Zena Khoury
It was a cold day in December when we visited Fadeelah, a Syrian refugee mother with her children in Jerash. As we waited to enter her home, we were all too aware of the brisk temperatures families here endure through the depths of winter. When we first entered her home barefoot (it’s a sign of respect to take off the shoes as you enter a home) we could feel the cold floor penetrating the socks we were wearing, so we could only imagine how they felt being...
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:41 by Eugene Lee
Written by Elizabeth Hendley, Photography by Eugene Lee
Nineteen-year-old Shivani Swaroop works in a small cubicle at a travel agency in Delhi, her phone buzzing nonstop with calls from clients or hotels. Like many interns her age trying to land a job in a desirable industry, she puts in long hours and takes on extra assignments to learn as much as possible.
Though she spends her days thinking about luxury hotels, plane reservations, and travel...
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:45 by Laura Reinhardt
Written by Laura Reinhardt, Photography by Eugene Lee
“I started as the poorest of the poor,” says Phocas Bagiruwigize.
Phocas used to work in other people’s fields to support his family of six children. They lived in a remote area down in the valley that was prone to landslides during the rainy season. They lived in a small shelter, not a house.
Then in 2006, World Vision’s Karaba AP asked him to work on their sponsorship committee. That...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:54 by Jon Snyder
Widowed in 1986, Huoy Choeum (age 56), had to become mother and father to her four children.
Sometimes they didn’t have enough food. She tried farming, growing corn and beans, but says the crops weren’t a good quality.
Even though Huoy’s village is near the mighty Mekong River, she couldn’t access the river water, just 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) away, to help grow her crops.
When World Vision came, staff set up an irrigation system for the community. That...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:13 by Eugene Lee
Written by Eugene Lee
Felisa Ramos Valencia, 28, knows the importance of having a dream. She also knows the importance of having people to support those aspirations—and in giving back once the dream is fulfilled.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 20:59 by Jon Snyder
From Intimidated to Integrated: How one World Vision project director learned that collaborating with technical experts is key to improved services and disability inclusion
By Chandra DeNap Whetstine, ACCESS project director
It is a beautiful spring morning in 2014, and I find myself sitting in a conference room in Washington, DC, looking across the table at representatives from some of international development’s leading experts in...
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 07:26 by
The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2
What particular light do we see in the birth of Jesus? What can we as Christians, as churches, as persons in search of authenticity in our lives, find in his birth to light our way this Advent?
In my work for the World Council of Churches, I see an evolving concept and reality of the long-sought light of...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 20:48 by Jon Snyder
It shouldn’t have happened that way—under the coffee tree.
“My neighbor told me to push,” says Janet Namugga, a 33-year-old mother in Uganda. “I kept pushing. God helped and the baby came out,” she says.
The baby was still.
“I touched the baby,” remembers Janet, “but the baby didn’t move. I put the baby to my breast but the baby didn’t suck.”
Janet’s baby hadn’t survived birth under the coffee tree.
Uganda’s newborns are its...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 20:31 by Jon Snyder
Early in the morning, while the fog from the valley still covers the rolling hills of the Cangahua area, the family of Pilataxi Avles Dionisio work their land. Pilataxi (28-years-old), his wife Rosa (23 years old), and their four children (ages 6-18 years old) are bearing the rain and cold to keep up their farming business, which supports their family.
They are a dedicated clan. Hardworking like you’ve never seen. With smiles larger than the sunrise, which on a...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:18 by Jon Snyder
Growing up in Trans Nzoia, Kenya, my greatest wish was to escape the harsh reality of my family’s poverty. I dreamt of becoming a pilot, traveling the globe and being the person that would bring hope to my village. My parents struggled to make enough money to provide food and other basic needs including school fees. To augment my father’s meagre income as a watchman, my mother worked a neighbour’s farms.
Reading provided an escape from my family’s difficult life....