Archives For World Vision & Child Sponsorship

Syrian RefugeesThe continued reports of crimes against humanity throughout the civil war in Syria are absolutely heartbreaking. Chemical weapons have captured the headlines lately, but there are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the terror in their home country. We must get in involved in this crisis…but NOT via the US Military!

Nearly 2 million refugees have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey…most of them are women and children. (more info here)

I don’t believe that cruise missiles are the answer. Caring for the hurting, the broken, the vulnerable and the displaced is where we will do the most good for humanity.

World Vision is on the ground bringing clean water, food, clothing and medicine to the refugees. We can help support this work.

CLICK HERE to partner in the efforts providing assistance to Syrian children & families.

Great to be with our friends at Clovis Hills Community Church in Fresno this weekend. Saturday we had the opportunity to meet up with their worship team and look at the ways worship influences community. It was a very cool time of inspiring conversation with some wonderful people.

Saturday night and Sunday morning I co-led worship with Joseph Rangel, the Worship Pastor at Clovis Hills. The band was great…especially that hot keyboard player…she’s my favorite!

For Pam and I, the highlight of the weekend was seeing 49 children sponsored with World Vision!!! Thank you Clovis Hills Community Church for your generosity and willingness to love the widow and the orphan.

While being on the road can have its challenges…getting to hang with friends, worship with a great band and see kids get sponsored is always the win for us.

Set List:

Go | Hillsong United
Here For You | Chris Tomlin
Jesus Paid It All | Kristian Stanfill
The Stand | Hillsong United
Vision of Hope | Andy Allen

Now…it’s time to watch The Olympics. GO USA!!!

Through The Station’s Servolution series we are looking at reaching beyond our church and impacting the world around us. This week we introduced World Vision & Child Sponsorship as a way to love people with a more global perspective.

As we loaded-in and set-up there were some tech challenges with the main audio system not working. Twenty minutes before the start of our worship experience, we decided to strike the band and do an acoustic worship set. We took a couple floor-wedge monitors, turned them toward the audience for a little sound. It actually worked out great.

People sang out and there was a great sense of community in our musical worship.

Set List:

Glory To God Forever | Fee
From The Inside OutHillsong United
Forever ReignOne Sonic Society
Vision of HopeAndy Allen

It was awesome to see 6 World Vision kids get sponsored today. Any frustration we experienced over the technical issues were completely overshadowed knowing that these 6 kids lives are being changed by loving sponsors.

Do you sponsor a child? What has your experience been as a sponsor?
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World Vision Gift Catalog

andyallen —  December 22, 2011 — 2 Comments

“We have a lot more stuff than we need.”
“We don’t need more trinkets for our shelfs.”
“We seem to accumulate things and just store them.”
“We want the gifts we give and receive to have meaning.”
These are the realizations that changed how we do Christmas.

Several years ago we stopped buying ‘stuff’ for people at Christmas…and we stopped asking for ‘stuff’. We started doing our Christmas shopping through the World Vision Gift Catalog…and if someone wanted to shop for us, we asked them to do the same.

We decided we wanted our gift giving to matter…to have purpose…to bring hope and joy to our world. Now, I’m not saying we don’t buy gifts for our kids and lean into the magic of Christmas…I love the wonder of Christmas that happens with my kids…but we also wanted to teach our kids that we believe there’s more to the Christmas season than just hustle & bustle and consumerism and want…we get to do more than that.

The World Vision Gift Catalog lets us give a gift in someone’s name that brings life-changing possibilities to those needing it most. We can buy a goat or a chicken to help a family feed and provide for themselves. We can help orphans go to school or pitch-in to help dig a clean water well. There are a lot of creative ways to give and each one makes a powerful impact on someone’s life.

I love it!

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The season’s first Christmas card arrived in our mailbox.
It was from our sponsored Daughter in Thailand.
Her name is Pornjaratsri and she is 17 years old.
She wrote a sweet note in her best English…

Dear Sponsor,
Wishing you peace, love and fun in Christmas and New Year.

So…definitely a good reminder that I have just enough time to send Christmas cards and letters to all our sponsored children. You can too.

If you sponsor a child with World Vision you can send a card or small 6×9 envelope with gifts via air mail to your child. You can also send an email now to your sponsored child in most countries.

When you write, it tells them they are loved and valued.
They don’t always feel that way.
Christmas is a great time to give a little hope.
A quick card or letter really does make a huge impact.

Check out the picture to the right and see the journey your letter takes…

To send an email to your sponsored child, you can CLICK HERE.
If you’re not sure what address to mail a card to, call World Vision at (888) 511-6548 and they’ll help you out.
Don’t sponsor a child yet? You can start today by visiting www.worldvision.org.

[HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS | I believe that goodwill and love actually trump consumerism and materialism in the hearts of most people this time of year. Several years ago, my family and I began a tradition in our home of giving away the money that we used to spend every Christmas on gifts. We began investing in gifts that bring hope to the widow and the orphan instead of gifts that would sit on a shelf or hang in a closet. The results have been huge…both for us and the beautiful people who live in places of great need. Our hearts have been moved to give more than gifts…but to give hope for the holidays.]