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Faith in Action | World Vision

Changing lives through faith

Our faith in Jesus is central to who we are, and we follow His example in working alongside the poor and oppressed. We serve every child in need that we possibly can, of any faith, or none. We partner with churches throughout the world, equipping them to meet the needs of their communities. These accomplishments represent some of our 2012 impact:

165,849

children and youth participating in discipleship activities

Achievements made possible with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.

1,296,038

Bibles and New Testaments made accessible since 2010

Achievements made possible with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.

86,712

church partnerships since 2008

Achievements made possible with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.

Outcome Reports

As Ugandan church leaders deepen their knowledge of ministering to children, their influence is having far-reaching effects in their communities. Brenda’s family was poor — so poor that her father decided the young girl had to leave school in Uganda to go work in Rwanda as a housemaid to earn money for the family. Inspired by the previous Sunday’s sermon about protecting children, Brenda’s mother reached out to her pastor for help, desperate to prevent her husband from following through with his plan. Reverend Ellon of the Rwesinga parish in the Kyalulangira community had participated in World Vision’s training on child witness and development. He joined with local leaders to confront Brenda’s father, warning him that his intention to force his daughter into child labor was criminal.

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Ambrosio was a rebellious young teen, disruptive at school and disrespectful to his parents. He regularly skipped class, causing him to fail a year in his studies. He describes himself by saying, “When there were tests at school, I didn’t attend…I fought with my schoolmates…I disobeyed my mother in everything she told me to do.” He started going to the peace culture workshops out of curiosity. But they made an impact that changed his life.

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Our Approach

+ How does being a Christian organization impact your work?

Our faith in Jesus Christ is core to who we are. As an expression of God’s unconditional love for all people, especially vulnerable children, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed. We hope to live as followers of Christ by being active, visible bearers of God’s love.

Relying on God’s grace and Spirit, we affirm the truth of the gospel and our hope in Christ through our character, speech, actions, and in the signs of God’s power at work in individual lives, in the communities where we work, and in all creation.

+ What kind of faith-based work do you do in other countries?

We partner with local churches, helping to strengthen local leadership and equipping them with resources and training to carry out our shared mission among the poor and oppressed. Our commitment is that when World Vision leaves communities, there will be thriving, engaged churches for sustained spiritual and physical transformation.

World Vision is an expression of the Church on special assignment to care for those who are poor and oppressed. Churches are our indispensable partners in God’s mission. We support, but are not a substitute for, the local church.

+ Why do you work in some areas that aren’t predominantly Christian?

We are privileged to be welcomed into many communities where Christianity is a minority faith — or barely present at all. This gives us great opportunities to serve in the name of Christ where He is not known, and to bring credibility to the gospel where it is disregarded or disrespected.

Our calling is to serve those living in poverty, even where cultural, religious, or legal constraints are placed on the expression of Christian faith. We choose to serve wholeheartedly in these places, because the alternative — allowing children to suffer needlessly from hunger, poverty, and disease — is unacceptable. Jesus’ call took Him to the poor; we follow His example.

In our work among people of other world religions, we value our common humanity and common desire to care for and protect vulnerable children. By developing relationships with people of other faiths, we have found that suspicion, mistrust, and fear are replaced with trust, friendship, and mutual support.

+ Do you expect the people you help to share your beliefs?

We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. We do not proselytize, and we pledge never to exploit vulnerability to obtain a profession of faith. We do not feed the hungry as a means to an end. We feed the hungry because God cares about people who are hungry, and He wants them to be fed (Psalm 145:13-17).

Insisting that people hear a certain message or affirm a specific belief as a prerequisite to receiving our assistance violates codes of conduct established for disaster, relief, and humanitarian groups of which we are a member. However, our hope is that our work and lives would contribute to people becoming followers of Christ.

+ Do you talk to people about Jesus?

In all ways appropriate for a local context, we seek to witness to Christ — through our deeds of love and mercy, the character and conduct of our staff, and through our words of testimony. As we demonstrate the unconditional love of God to others, we are ready to give the reason for the hope within us, but expect people to evaluate the truth of our message by our actions.

God created men and women in His image, giving each of us a free will. Therefore, we respect individuals — including their culture, faith, and beliefs. We respect the dignity and the right of all people to maintain and change their religious beliefs. We seek in every instance to be faithful ambassadors of the good news of Jesus through our actions (2 Corinthians 5:20) and hope that our lives will reflect God’s generous love for people, ultimately bringing glory and praise to Him.

Our Areas of Impact

Our Impact: Clean Water | World Vision

Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Our Impact: Child Protection | World Vision

Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Our Impact: Disaster Relief | World Vision

Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Our Impact: Economic Development | World Vision

Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Our Impact: Education | World Vision

Education

Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Our Impact: Food & Agriculture | World Vision

Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Our Impact: Health | World Vision

Health

Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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Our Impact: U.S. Work | World Vision

U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Impact: Our Faith | World Vision

Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Gender

Gender

Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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