President's Prayer Letter

PRAYING WITH US | Winter 2015

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We’re in the midst of a time of trans­formation at World Vision Canada. Although the needs of the children and families we partner with are ever-present, as an organization we need to be able to evolve and be ready for what’s next. There are new challenges in our world, like the increase in natural disasters or more violence from conflicts. These challenges almost always affect the safety and well-being of children, and we need to be well-positioned to partner with people like you – Canadians – and the communities where we work. 

One of the disciplines we’ve worked hard to follow is holding our plans and ideas firmly but loosely. I’m sharing this with you because I think it’s true for many things in daily lives, too. Having our minds ‘stuck’ on one direction or another can be challenging. It’s normal to want to quickly find a resolution to problems we face. But as we’re reminded in Proverbs 16:3, when we commit to the Lord whatever we do, God will establish our plans. 

Know that God is always with you. By making room for prayer and discernment in our lives, we will be open to God’s voice. This summer, I pray that we all will be open to hearing that voice, and led in new ways to improve the lives of children and families.​ 

Peace, 

Michael

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“Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.”


~ Proverbs 16:3​

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PRAYER REQUESTS

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    ZIKA VIRUS SPREADS

    • Zika virus is affecting 26 countries, including 12 where World Vision works 
    • ​Estimates suggest the virus could infect up to 4 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2016 

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    http://worldvision.ca  
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    PRAY FOR:

    • adults in affected areas would have the information and resources needed to protect their growing families from the disease
    • God to intervene and restore health for the thousands already suffering from Zika, especially expecting mothers and newborns 
    • ​World Vision’s response to the outbreak would be effective in guarding families from the disease
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    http://worldvision.ca  
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    STRUGGLING

    CANADIANS IN

    HAMILTON, ONT

    • 46% of food bank users in the Ontario city of Hamilton are children
    • ​48% increase in families waiting for affordable housing since 2013

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    http://worldvision.ca  
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    PRAY FOR:

    • provision and protection over Canadian children who lack food, shelter and community
    • continued funding to support the 850,000 people who access food banks in Canada every month
    • ​the work of World Vision’s partners in Hamilton and across the country would continue to grow and serve Canadians in need


    https://www.worldvision.ca  
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    EL NINO DROUGHT

    WORSENS WATER

    ACCESS FOR MILLIONS

    • At least 7 million people in countries across Africa are without clean water and 11 million children are at risk of hunger as a result of drought caused by El Nino
    • ​ In Ethiopia alone, more than 211,900 affected by drought have benefitted from food distribution


    https://www.worldvision.ca  
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    PRAY FOR:

    • the provision of food and clean water for the millions facing hunger and thirst because of  El Nino related drought
    • drought to subside and for new rains to come, fertilizing the soil and watering farmers’ crops
    • World Vision’s efforts to offer emergency support, including clean water and sanitation
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    https://www.worldvision.ca  

ANSWERS TO PRAYER

NINETEEN COMMUNITIES GRADUATE INTO SUSTAINABILITY 


Monowara and Tanjina, a sponsored child from Bangladesh, are just two of thousands in 19 different communities whose lives have been transformed by ongoing support from faithful sponsors like you. 

With the help of generous supporters like you, World Vision works with local leaders and families to transform a struggling community into one that is thriving. We give thanks and rejoice when a community achieves independence.  

Last year, 19 communities we work in graduated out of sponsorship and into self-sufficiency.

One of those communities is Kalkini in Bangladesh. Here, with the faithful support of Canadians, we’ve helped to empower women who now manage 90% of the community’s organizations.

“I have worked hard, tried to change my family’s condition and now success is knocking at my door,” says Monoware is the mother of Tanjina, who was a sponsored child in the community. . With some support, Monowara was able to access small loans to buy cows for milking, establish a grocery store, pay for her children’s education and save for the future.

Now that Monowara's community is ready to stand on its own, World Vision and our child sponsors are looking forward to helping other communities break free from poverty.  We want more children just like Tanjina to experience life in all its fullness.


LET US PRAY FOR YOU

As a Christian organization, prayer is a part of our daily work. We pray for the children, families and communities we partner with.

We’d also like to pray for you. You’re part of our family, and members of our staff would be happy to pray with you.

You can contact a prayer team member by calling 1-866-828-9259, or by e-mailing prayer@worldvision.ca. The team is available Monday to F​riday from 8:00am to 4:00pm in both English and French.

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