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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 impact in fiscal year 2015:

4.7 million

children participated in discipleship and values activities

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.


faith leaders benefited from training

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.


churches partnered in World Vision’s ministry across all national offices

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.

Evaluations and Evidence

Faith leaders have the power to spur far-reaching changes in people’s attitudes and behavior. And those changes can bring extraordinary improvements in health and well-being. In Ethiopia, World Vision examined the role of faith leaders in improving the lives and health of women and children through the lens of four stories: Tsehay, who was suffering from fistula; Asmare, who is promoting safe births; Aberra and Shitaye, who are reducing religious barriers to family planning; and Ali, who is empowering women and girls.

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The Church Partnership for Child Well-being (CPCWB) project is a five-year intervention that commenced in October 2010. The project is funded by World Vision U.S.

The project’s overall purpose is to support churches to focus on the well-being of children and engage in community development and spiritual nurture of children. The project is the first of its kind within the World Vision international partnership.

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Children’s Sunday schools in Ethiopia are growing as teachers better understand children’s needs and age-appropriate teaching techniques. Meaza, a Sunday school teacher and mother of four, says that she used to be harsh and impatient. “I also realized that the ministry that I was giving to children in my church was not biblical.” After World Vision’s training, her attitudes changed dramatically. Now, one of her students says, “Our teachers’ love is attracting us and we will not stop from attending the church.”

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“When my sisters and relatives whom I trusted the most did not care for me, it was only the pastor who came forward to help,” said a woman in India who is HIV-positive.

Churches in India are making an impact in their communities as they learn to look beyond their church walls and reach out to people in need.

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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

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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

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

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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