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World Vision’s relief, development, and advocacy work touches millions of people in nearly 100 countries. World Vision speakers are available for your next event to speak on topics related to our work in ways that will inspire, motivate, and educate your audience.

World Vision speakers present to all types of audiences — classrooms, the halls of government, corporate and conference settings, and churches of all sizes.

Learn more about our available speakers below, and when you’re ready, submit your information to request a speaker for your upcoming event!

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Romanita Hairston, vice president, U.S. Programs

Romanita Hairston, vice president, U.S. programs

World Vision Speakers, Topics, and Resources

World Vision speakers are passionate authorities on many topics. For child sponsorship and fundraising events, we may be able to provide a speaker at little or no cost.

It may surprise you to learn that World Vision does not actually employ “speakers.” Rather, our staff members speak out of the knowledge and field experience they have gained while carrying out their roles within the organization.

On the other hand, it may not surprise you to learn that we have many pastors and church lay leaders among our staff. Our staff subscribes to World Vision’s Statement of Faith. So when you schedule a World Vision speaker, you can expect that the speaker will reflect World Vision’s faith, hope, and Christian values through Christ-like living and caring actions.

Staff speakers come from all departments in the organization. World Vision U.S. has over 1,200 staff members, the majority of whom are based on the West Coast. Other staff locations include Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Texas, Denver, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and more. In addition, we have volunteer speakers located in nearly every U.S. state.

Below are our most requested and most frequent staff keynote speakers. The speakers in this section each have many years’ experience with large audiences. Click on each speaker for details. For additional staff and other speakers, please browse the other tabs at left.

Rich Stearns

Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a sense of God’s call on his life, he resigned from Lenox in 1998 to become World Vision’s U.S. president.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich authored The Hole in Our Gospel and a new book called Unfinished.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.

Learn more about Rich | Request Rich


Reneé Stearns

Reneé Stearns

Reneé Stearns draws on her experience and passion as a Christian, attorney, and mother of five to speak on behalf of the children and their mothers she has met in her travels to World Vision projects in many countries. Her husband, Rich, became president of World Vision U.S. in 1998.

She is particularly passionate about helping women face the challenges of motherhood, whether living in the United States, or in the extreme poverty she sees in her travels around the world. Articulate and compassionate, Reneé is a speaker with a gift for teaching. “My desire is to help people see the world from God’s perspective,” she says, “and to move them to do something about what they see.”

Reneé earned her Bachelor of Arts in government at Cornell University and her law degree from Boston College. She served as a legal services attorney for the poor in the Boston area before devoting herself full-time to raising her children.

Learn more about Reneé | Request Reneé


Marilee Pierce Dunker

Marilee Pierce Dunker

Marilee Pierce Dunker is a powerful and passionate voice to the Church, inspiring and equipping congregations, women, and young people to use their gifts, time and resources to expand God’s Kingdom on earth and care for the poor.

As the second daughter of Dr. Bob and Lorraine Pierce, founders of World Vision, she brings a personal and unique perspective to every message, using illustrations from World Vision’s rich history and her own personal journey of faith to add dimension and biblical perspective to the moving and often amazing stories of transformation she shares.

An award-winning author, conference speaker, and radio personality, Marilee reconnected with World Vision in 2001 and discovered her own calling to the ministry her parents began five decades earlier. Since then she has travelled to many of the most impoverished places on earth and spoken to thousands about the things that break the heart of God today. With her gift for storytelling, Marilee brings to life the remarkable stories of the women and children she’s met, putting a name and a face to the overwhelming issues of our time…hunger, poverty, HIV and AIDS, human slavery, clean water and spiritual darkness.

Learn more about Marilee | Request Marilee


Steve Haas

Steve Haas

Steve Haas challenges Christians to “live out loud.” In his role with World Vision, the former youth minister, relief worker, and pastor is a passionate advocate for the poor. He speaks to the important issues that affect communities and churches and offers ways for people to make a difference in the worldwide arena.

Steve is known as a motivator and a visionary with a passion for making things happen. His leadership on many of World Vision’s “Vision Trips,” which allows leaders to personally witness the impact of AIDS in African communities, has helped to engage and mobilize congregations across America on the AIDS crisis.

Steve also was one of the driving forces behind the launch of World Vision’s ACT:S, which today numbers over 230 colleges and universities across the U.S. Steve speaks knowledgeably and engagingly on a variety of topics including AIDS and the role of the Church, holistic ministry, scriptural interpretation, and biblical teaching on a wide range of subjects. He has addressed audiences of virtually every type, size, and denominational background. His expertise and zeal have won him interviews with CNN, Christianity Today, the New York Times, and a host of radio stations.

Learn more about Steve | Request Steve

World Vision U.S. executive staff are available to speak at events which contribute to the World Vision mission, vision, and core values.

President

Rich Stearns

Rich Stearns

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a sense of God’s call on his life, he resigned from Lenox in 1998 to become World Vision’s U.S. president.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich authored The Hole in Our Gospel and a new book called Unfinished.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.

Learn more about Rich | Request Rich


Senior vice presidents

Chris Glynn

Chris Glynn
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Gifts-in-Kind, and U.S. Programs

Chris challenges his audiences to take a closer look at the purpose of serving, and to become more effective in the way that they serve. “It’s simple,” he says. “We need to be bolder and more passionate as we carry out God's work.”

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Kent Hill

Kent Hill
Senior Vice President, International Programs Group

Before starting in his role with World Vision in early 2011, Kent R. Hill was a long-time supporter of World Vision’s work around the world. His deep personal Christian faith and his heart for the poor and oppressed align closely with World Vision’s mission and vision.

Kent Hill served from 2001 to 2005 as USAID assistant administrator of Europe and Eurasia and was responsible for foreign assistance to 26 countries in Eastern Europe, including post-war Kosovo and the former Soviet Union. Between 2005 and 2009, he was assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health. As head of all USAID health initiatives abroad, Kent served as USAID lead on HIV and AIDS programming with PEPFAR and U.S. representative to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and several international Avian influenza conferences. He was also the USAID lead to the interagency working group on trafficking in persons. Kent briefly served as Acting USAID administrator in the initial days of the Obama administration.

Learn more about Kent | Request Kent


Joan Mussa

Joan Mussa
Senior Vice President, Mobilization

Joan’s deep faith, love for children, and concern for the poor all came together when she joined World Vision. “I was fine doing television news,” she says, “but God had something else in mind!”

Learn more about Joan | Request Joan


Larry Probus

Larry Probus
Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions, and Chief Financial Officer

After spending many years working for a company whose business was whiskey, wine, china plates, and leather suitcases, Larry ended up in a leadership role at a Christian humanitarian organization. He talks about his experiences and his work to ensure that World Vision is a good steward.

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Vice presidents

Don Golden

Don Golden

Don Golden, a pastor, nonprofit executive, and prominent voice in the biblical justice movement, has joined World Vision as its vice president for church relations. In this role, Golden will lead the efforts to engage and partner with churches and Christ-followers across the country to advance World Vision’s mission of tackling global poverty and injustice.

Learn more about Don | Request Don


Steve Haas

Steve Haas

Steve Haas challenges Christians to “live out loud.” In his role with World Vision, the former youth minister, relief worker, and pastor is a passionate advocate for the poor. He speaks to the important issues that affect communities and churches and offers ways for people to make a difference in the worldwide arena.

Learn more about Steve | Request Steve


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Romanita Hairston

Romanita is a national expert on domestic poverty and child well-being.  She advocates passionately that we start where we are with what we have to offer.  She believes in the difference one person can make and believes transformation has a relational foundation.  She knows the impacts of both rural and urban poverty on vulnerable people and she knows the power that positive programs can make in a seemingly hopeless situation. With a creative knack for storytelling and technical expertise, Romanita is comfortable in events and settings ranging from faith-based to corporate to universities.

Learn more about Romanita | Request Romanita

Mae Cannon

Mae Cannon

Mae Elise Cannon is a pastor, writer, activist, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for righteousness and justice. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World.

Learn more about Mae | Request Mae


Jesse Eaves

Jesse Eaves

Jesse’s childhood experience as a missionary kid in Africa motivated him “to work and to struggle with people, to provide a chance for the poor to speak, and for the world to listen and to act.” He is now working in World Vision’s office in Washington, D.C., as policy adviser for children in crisis.

Learn more about Jesse | Request Jesse


Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Freeman became World Vision’s director for domestic disaster response in March 2009 after 12 years of service in the field with World Vision. She leads World Vision’s response to emergencies throughout the United States. Among her many accomplishments, Freeman opened World Vision’s Storehouse operations in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Picayune, Mississippi; provided oversight to the disaster management work related to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts; and provided field site leadership for World Vision’s work in Los Angeles.

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Rahsaan Graham

Rahsaan Graham

Rahsaan Graham, based in New York City, is the sector director for child protection and education at World Vision U.S. His role is to provide strategic leadership for program and project management for the private, non-sponsorship portfolio, as well as lead a team positioned to deliver comprehensive donor and programmatic services for the child Protection and education sector.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds

Steve has worked with World Vision for over 25 years and has wonderful stories to tell — including his role in Bono’s first trip to Africa, which ultimately ignited a movement. Steve is based in the Seattle area and currently serves as World Vision’s manager for advocacy integration and campaigns.

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Millie Vanderpool

Millie Vanderpool

Millie Vanderpool loves seeing churches grow as a result of caring for children who live in poverty. “It’s the church’s mandate to be the hands and feet of Christ,” she says. “When the church reaches out to help others, it also strengthens the church by changing the hearts of people in the church.”

Learn more about Millie | Request Millie


Jeff Wright

Jeff Wright

Jeff Wright is the operations director for humanitarian and emergency affairs team at World Vision U.S. In this role he leads a team of professional humanitarian workers tasked with supporting disaster responses and humanitarian emergencies around the world. Prior to his work at World Vision, Jeff held various field and headquarters-based positions with the Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA) and with Medical Teams International, based in Portland, Oregon. Jeff’s field experience in Southeast Asia goes back to 1990. Since then he has lived in Thailand and Vietnam, and provided consultation extensively in disaster responses globally.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and is fluent in Vietnamese.

Learn more about Jeff | Request Jeff


Robert Zachritz

Robert Zachritz

Bob is World Vision’s senior director for advocacy and government relations, based in Washington, D.C. He encourages Christians to boldly speak out and lobby Congress on issues of global poverty. He feels too many Christians are afraid to engage in politics, but they should. “We know God cares about people who are suffering,” he says. “We are 100 percent sure of that.”

Learn more about Bob | Request Bob


 

World Vision is fortunate to have wonderful partners and volunteers in the entertainment, education, professional, and business communities.

The speakers featured here include partners who speak on behalf of World Vision and its programs. In some cases, they may also be able to perform a limited selection of music or other performance mediums as an enhancement to their spoken message.

Honorariums are often required for these speakers. Please see information for each speaker regarding how to request them for your event. More information about speaker costs is provided in the FAQs that appear on the request form.

Like our staff, partner speakers featured here reflect World Vision’s mission, vision, and core values.

Artists

Margaret Becker

Margaret Becker

Margaret has been a passionate World Vision Artist and spokesperson since 1993, and she has seen and internalized World Vision’s work firsthand. She speaks with humor, loves to talk about her visits to Africa and about child sponsorship, and delivers an emotional punch that incites audiences to action.

To request Margaret for a speaking engagement, please contact her directly via her website. Margaret Becker is based in Nashville, Tennessee.


Michelle McKinney-Hammond

Michelle McKinney-Hammond

A bestselling author, gifted vocalist, speaker, television co-host, and World Vision child sponsor, Michelle is known for “keeping it real” while addressing how to “live generously.”

To request Michelle McKinney-Hammond for a speaking engagement, please contact her directly via her website.


Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton

Jonathan, based in New York City, passionately takes a stand against injustice. “Somebody thinks this stuff is all right, and I don’t,” he says. “I have to ‘flip over the tables in the temple.’ That’s what we’re called to do.”

Learn more about Jonathan | Request Jonathan


Authors

Margaret Becker

Margaret Becker

Margaret has been a passionate World Vision Artist and spokesperson since 1993, and she has seen and internalized World Vision’s work firsthand. She speaks with humor, loves to talk about her visits to Africa and about child sponsorship, and delivers an emotional punch that incites audiences to action.

To request Margaret for a speaking engagement, please contact her directly via her website. Margaret Becker is based in Nashville, Tennessee.


Valerie Bell

Valerie Bell

A seven-time author and sought-after conference speaker, Valerie shares her spiritual journey with refreshing honesty, warmth, and sincerity that are contagious. Her latest book, African Awakening: My Journey into AIDS Activism, was written in response to a life-jarring moment in Africa.

Learn more about Valerie | Request Valerie


Vinh ChungVinh Chung

Vinh Chung was just three years old when his family fled post-war Vietnam by boat in 1979. When they landed on a Malaysian beach, they were turned away by soldiers, towed back out to sea and left to die on a leaky boat with no working motor. Chung and the other 92 people aboard his boat, including his parents and seven siblings, were taken aboard Seasweep and later accepted as refugees in Singapore. Chung is currently a member the board of directors at World Vision, United States. His memoir, Where the Wind Leads, will be released by Thomas Nelson publishers in April, 2014.

Learn more about Vinh | Request Vinh


Marilee Pierce DunkerMarilee Pierce Dunker

Marilee Pierce Dunker is a powerful and passionate voice to the Church, inspiring and equipping congregations, women, and young people to use their gifts, time and resources to expand God’s Kingdom on earth and care for the poor.

As the second daughter of Dr. Bob and Lorraine Pierce, founders of World Vision, she brings a personal and unique perspective to every message, using illustrations from World Vision’s rich history and her own personal journey of faith to add dimension and biblical perspective to the moving and often amazing stories of transformation she shares.

An award-winning author, conference speaker, and radio personality, Marilee reconnected with World Vision in 2001 and discovered her own calling to the ministry her parents began five decades earlier. Since then she has travelled to many of the most impoverished places on earth and spoken to thousands about the things that break the heart of God today. With her gift for storytelling, Marilee brings to life the remarkable stories of the women and children she’s met, putting a name and a face to the overwhelming issues of our time…hunger, poverty, HIV and AIDS, human slavery, clean water and spiritual darkness.

Learn more about Marilee | Request Marilee


Austin Gutwein

Austin Gutwein

At the age of 9, Austin Gutwein was moved when he learned there were over 15 million children orphaned by HIV and AIDS, 12 million of whom are living in sub-Saharan Africa. Thinking everyone was doing something to help these children, Austin decided he had to do his part, too. He decided to make a difference for just one orphan — one free throw at a time.

Austin Gutwein is based in Mesa, Arizona. To schedule Austin for a speaking engagement, please contact him directly via his website.


Adam and Christine Jeske

Adam and Christine Jeske

Adam and Christine Jeske share lessons from faithful people in hard places about how we can live rightly here in the United States. They’ve worked in microfinance, refugee resettlement, development, and holistic missions, all with two kids. Their journeys have taken them from Wisconsin to Nicaragua, China, South Africa, and back. Together, they authored This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling and write about faith for Relevant Magazine. Between the two of them, they teach about economic development, study cultural anthropology, train people in how to use social media for good, inspire people to join in God’s mission, and do their best to live amazing days.

Adam and Christine are based in Wisconsin and are available to speak together or individually.

Learn more about Adam and Christine | Request Adam and Christine


Michelle McKinney-Hammond

Michelle McKinney-Hammond

A bestselling author, gifted vocalist, speaker, television co-host, and World Vision child sponsor, Michelle is known for “keeping it real” while addressing how to “live generously.”

To request Michelle McKinney-Hammond for a speaking engagement, please contact her directly via her website.


Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore became a member of the World Vision Speakers in 2011, but her connection to World Vision goes back to her childhood. Shayne is the author of Global Soccer Mom, an account of how the self-described “ordinary full-time mother of three” from suburban Wheaton, Illinois, became a global activist in the fight against extreme poverty and AIDS.

Learn more about Shayne | Request Shayne


Rich Stearns

Rich Stearns

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a sense of God’s call on his life, he resigned from Lenox in 1998 to become World Vision’s U.S. president.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich authored The Hole in Our Gospel and a new book called Unfinished.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.

Learn more about Rich | Request Rich


Jonathan Walton

Jonathan Walton

Jonathan, based in New York City, passionately takes a stand against injustice. “Somebody thinks this stuff is all right, and I don’t,” he says. “I have to ‘flip over the tables in the temple.’ That’s what we’re called to do.”

 

Learn more about Jonathan | Request Jonathan


Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells

A World Vision Artist, Thelma Wells has been a voice of encouragement, with a heart of love for people throughout the world, for over 30 years.

To request Thelma Wells for a speaking engagement, please contact her directly via her website.

 


Mike Yankoski

Mike Yankoski

Author of Under the Overpass and 2006 spokesperson for Gospel Missions, Mike Yankoski, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, seeks to live out his faith with radical intensity and a lifestyle that glorifies God.

 

Learn more about Mike | Request Mike


Princess Zulu

Princess Zulu

Princess is a strong voice for hope as the world faces the AIDS pandemic. She offers an inspiring story that makes the crisis real. Her journey started when AIDS devastated her own family in her native Zambia. “If we keep quiet,” she says, “so many more people will die.”

Princess now speaks around the world to encourage people to make a difference for children and families affected by the virus. She has taken her message to the United Nations and international AIDS conferences. In her push for more government resources to fight AIDS, she has met with former President George W. Bush and other global leaders. Her story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as on ABC’s Good Morning America, FOX News and BBC News.

Learn more about Princess | Request Princess

Other Speakers

 

 

Megan Caddell

Megan Caddell

Megan, based in Seattle, comes to World Vision with a professional background in corporate event planning, but after being challenged to “step out and be a blessing in a world of oppression,” she felt a strong call to do more to serve the world’s poor.

Learn more about Megan | Request Megan


Margo Day

Margo Day

After 10 years at Microsoft, Margo Day recently took a year long sabbatical and personal leave. An energetic and compelling speaker, Margo used her sabbatical to focus her energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education Project and child protection, partnering with World Vision.

The education project will positively affect many hundreds of girls in several areas in Kenya by building schools and deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child. World Vision’s child protection initiative will protect over 50,000 children from exploitation as child laborers or in the sex trade.

Learn more about Margo | Request Margo


Karen Marion

Karen Marion

Children energize Karen as she has spent her life devoted to students, families, and communities as a teacher in public and private schools over the past 38 years in five states and in London, England. When she encountered two students in her high school classroom who were working as child prostitutes, it ignited a spark that has become a passion to extinguish modern-day slavery in this generation.

“Once we see what is happening locally, nationally and globally to children who are sex and labor slaves, how can we turn a blind eye?” says Karen. “It is our responsibility to protect these children and do all that we can to free them from slavery. We need to bring the light of Jesus to give hope and healing to these terrified ones.”

Learn more about Karen | Request Karen


Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore became a member of the World Vision Speakers in 2011, but her connection to World Vision goes back to her childhood. Shayne is the author of Global Soccer Mom, an account of how the self-described “ordinary full-time mother of three” from suburban Wheaton, Illinois, became a global activist in the fight against extreme poverty and AIDS.

Learn more about Shayne | Request Shayne


Stuart and Robin Phillips

Stuart and Robin Phillips

Empowering people to care for themselves and advocating on behalf of the defenseless have been lifelong passions for Stuart and Robin Phillips. These themes have shaped their career paths and continue to fuel the work they do in their church and community, and for World Vision.

The Phillips are based in Michigan and can speak together or individually.

Learn more about Stuart and Robin | Request Stuart and Robin


Child Ambassadors

World Vision Child Ambassadors are trained adult volunteers who are passionate about child sponsorship and share within their communities about how sponsorship changes lives of children living in poverty.

The World Vision Speakers team often reaches out to this articulate group of volunteers for local speaking engagements. Request a Child Ambassador to speak to your event! Child Ambassadors are based in nearly every U.S. state.

In addition to speakers, World Vision makes a wide variety of resources available for those who are hosting special events. In fact, you may find out that you don’t even need a speaker at all, after perusing these resources!

Assemble Kits

 
Assemble Kits | World Vision

Build kits of life-giving resources

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Fight Hunger Together

 

30 Hour Famine: Students go hungry so others don’t

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Run for Clean Water

 

Team World Vision: Raise funds for a good cause

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Volunteer at an Event or Concert

 

Share child sponsorship with event attendees

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Find Sponsors for Children

 

Child Ambassadors: Earn an int’l trip

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Advocate for Children

 
World Vision advocates in Washington, D.C.

Speak up: Urge lawmakers to take action for children

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Host a Sponsorship Event

 

Hope Sunday: Host an event to share child sponsorship

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Volunteer Your Labor

 

Warehouses: Help at a World Vision facility

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Engage Your Church

 

Pastors: Resources for events, service projects, fundraising

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Use Your Creative Talent

 

Artists: Offer your talent as a speaker, musician, performer

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Join Together With Women

 

Women of Vision: Join with local, like-minded women

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Host a Movie Party

 

Journey to Jamaa: Host a screening at your house

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Experience Tanzania

 

Kisongo Trek: Host or find this interactive experience near you

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Knit Clothing for Children

 

Knit for Kids: Knit or crochet items for children in need

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Pray for World Vision

 
Pray for World Vision

Hope Prayer Team: Support us with your prayers

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Go on a Mission Trip in the U.S.

 

U.S. missions: Help bring hope to American families

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Find an Event or Concert

 

Music and more: See a favorite musician, speaker, and more

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Volunteer at a World Vision Office

 

Use your office skills: Help at one of our U.S. offices

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Host a Movie Event

 

Journey to Jamaa: Host a screening at your church

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Support U.S. Children

 

Child Champion: Help children in poverty here in the U.S.

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Empower Youth in Your Community

 

Equip and inspire: Help youth to be a force for change

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Create Your Own Online Gift Catalog

 

My Gift Catalog: Create your own page to share

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Create Your Own Fundraiser

 
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Partner with us: Use your passion to raise funds

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Professional Advisors

 

Advisors Network: Share giving resources with clients

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