Change Makers

65 years: Engaging the body of Christ

Since World Vision began in 1950, partnering with the local and global church has been at the core of our work around the world.

Since World Vision began in 1950, partnering with the local and global church has been at the core of our work around the world.

1950 | North American churches respond to Bob Pierce’s appeal for Korea.

1951 | As a U.N. correspondant, Bob Pierce reports from Korea for the American Christian press.

A pastors’ conference in Taegu, South Korea, in 1955. (©World Vision archive)

1953 | Pastors’ conference start, first in Korea.

1955 | Pastors’ conferences start in Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam.

1956 | Pastors’ conferences start in Indonesia.

1957 | Evangelism events in Philippines and Korea.

1958 | Pastors’ conferences start in India, Singapore, Ghana, and Myanmar.

1959 | Pastors’ conferences start in Malaysia and Thailand; evangelism event in Japan.

In 1961, an evangelism event in Tokyo was broadcast on TV. (©World Vision archive)

1960 | Pastors’ conferences start in Barbados and Colombia.

1961 | Evangelism event in Japan; pastors’ conferences start in Argentina

1962 | Pastors’ conferences start in Guatemala.

1963 | Pastors’ conferences start in Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay.

1964 | Pastors’ conferences start in Pakistan.

1965 | Pastors’ conferences start in Peru and Bolivia.

1967 | MARC Communications Center begins publishing world missions data.

1968 | Pastors’ conferences start in Kenya, Mexico, and Panama.

1969 | Pastors’ conferences start in Sri Lanka and Portugal.

1970 | Pastors’ conferences start in Tanzania.

Started in 1973, the Love Loaf fundraising program got U.S. churches involved with World Vision’s work. (©World Vision archive)

1971 | Pastors’ conferences start in New Guinea and Bangladesh.

1972 | Pastors’ conferences start in Uganda and Vanuatu.

1973 | Love Loaf fundraising launches for U.S. churches; pastors’ conferences start in Ecuador.

1974 | Evangelism events in Cambodia and the Philippines; Lusanne Congress in Switzerland; pastors’ conferences start in Australia, Sudan, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

1975 | 100th pastors’ conference in Korea.

1976 | Pastors’ conferences start in Ethiopia.

1977 | Pastors’ conferences start in Fiji, New Zealand, and former Yugoslavia.

1978 | Pastors’ conferences start in Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Hong Kong.

1979 | Pastors’ conferences start in Poland and Haiti.

1980 | Annual Robert W. Pierce Award created to honor missionaries.

1981 | Day of Prayer annually sets aside Oct. 1 for prayer in all World Vision offices; pastors’ conferences start in Egypt.

1983 | Pastors’ conferences start in Hungary.

1984 | Pastors’ conferences start in Zimbabwe.

1985 | Retreat for urban pastors in Chicago; refugee Vietnamese pastors gather in California.

1989 | Lusanne II in the Philippines; response to San Francisco earthquake through U.S. churches; and pastors’ conferences start in El Salvador.

1990 | Pastors’ conferences start in the Dominican Republic, Moldova, Nigeria, and Zambia.

1991 | Pastors’ conferences start in Romania.

1992 | 30 Hour Famine engages church youth to fight hunger; response to Los Angeles riots through local churches; and pastors’ conferences start in Bulgaria.

1993 | Pastors’ conferences start in Ukraine.

Pastors in Rwanda attended reconciliation workshops following the 1994 genocide. (©1998 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

1994 | Pastors’ conferences start in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1995 | All-denomination pastors’ conferences continue through the decade in West African countries.

1996 | Reconciliation workshops begin for pastors in Rwanda after the genocide.

1997 | Pastors’ conferences start in Chad and Czech Republic.

2000 | Hope Initiative engages U.S. churches to address the AIDS pandemic.

2001 | Response to 9/11 attacks through New York City churches.

2004 | Hope Tours encourage U.S. pastors to mobilize on AIDS.

2005 | Faith in Action Study Bible published with Zondervan.

2006 | Menlo Park Presbyterian Church begins assembling hygiene kits for AIDS caregivers.

2007 | Faith in Action campaign kit equips U.S. churches, experiential AIDS exhibit travels throughout U.S., and Youth Bible Curriculum provided to former Eastern Bloc countries.

2009 | Rich Stearns’ book The Hole in Our Gospel is a call to action for the U.S. church.

The World Vision Experience truck. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

2010 | Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa; Church Partnership for Child Well-Being project launches.

2011 | “Journey to Jamaa” film deepens congregations’ understanding of AIDS.

2015 | Experiential exhibit enables U.S. churches to follow Jesus into the margins.

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