President's Prayer Letter

Spring 2015

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New President Michael Messenger playing with children


Spring 2015​

For the past 19 years, I’ve held a job that touches my deepest values. I’ve been part of an organization that is profoundly motivated by Christian faith to make a difference in the lives of children and families around the world.
My passion to make a difference is still very strong in my heart, but I feel it’s time for another person with the same passion but different experience to lead our mission to change the lives of children in our world. God has confirmed this with a clear spiritual conviction in my heart.
I am delighted to introduce you to World Vision Canada’s next president and CEO, Michael Messenger.
Like me, Michael is committed to World Vision’s mission. Starting as an intern fresh out of university in 1990, Michael has developed as a leader and gained experience both inside and outside of our organization. Since 2010, he’s been our Executive Vice President, working very closely with me to lead the organization. He’s passionate for the well-being of children.
He’s also a dedicated follower of Jesus, and he appreciates the critical place of prayer for Christians. I believe that God has called Michael to lead World Vision into the future. He has the unanimous support of our Board, and I’ll be praying for God’s blessing as World Vision continues their pursuit of life and hope for children.
Thank you to all of you who have prayed for me over the years. And thank you for praying for World Vision. It’s my hope that with your prayers, encouragement and support, Michael can bring even greater change and transformation to the lives of children and their families.


Dave Toycen

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

Current Prayer Requests



We are continuing to monitor and respond to the millions of people displaced within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Fleeing from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), these displaced people are in urgent need of food, water, and safe shelter.

World Vision is aiming to help 220,000 children and families displaced by the conflict, specifically with vouchers for food and access to healthcare. As many people were forced to flee the violence with little warning, we are also supplying items they need so they can sustain themselves where they are now living, as well as providing cash assistance where local markets with necessary essentials are available.

  • Pray for children and families who have fled from violence. Pray for their safety and that they can find shelter.
  • Pray that there will be an end to the violence. Pray that a peaceful solution can be found so that families can return home.
  • Pray that desperately needed humanitarian aid will make its way to those who need it. Pray that clean water and food can be easily accessed.

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On March 6, a category 5 hurricane slammed into the island nation of Vanuatu. One of the worst natural disasters in its history, it killed more than 10 people and displaced thousands.

After a brief period of assessment, World Vision began assisting affected communities with the distribution of food, materials to build shelters, and constructing toilets to prevent water-borne diseases. We are also working to ensure that vulnerable children and families are protected.

World Vision has been working in Vanuatu for more than 30 years, so we were able to quickly respond to immediate needs. The recovery process will be long, as many homes, crops and water sources were heavily damaged.

  • Pray for those affected by the cyclone, and for those who lost their lives. Pray that displaced children and families find adequate shelter to keep safe.
  • Pray that World Vision will be able to quickly help those affected.
  • Pray that homes, crops and water sources that were heavily damaged are repaired quickly so daily life can return to normal.

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Heavy rains have pounded parts of the country this past January and February, leading to devastating flooding. It’s estimated that 163 people were killed, and more than 327,000 were affected, including nearly 60,000 families. Many homes have been destroyed, and roads and bridges were badly damaged.

World Vision’s response has been hampered by the floods, which make accessing those affected challenging. We have been providing food assistance, badly needed fresh water, as well as latrines and hand washing equipment that will help prevent the spread of the deadly Cholera disease. We’ve also been working to help children who have been affected by the flood by providing child friendly spaces.

  • Pray for the large number of children and families who have lost their homes.
  • Pray that the spread of disease, such as Cholera, is minimized.
  • Pray for clean water and adequate latrines and hand washing.
  • Pray for the speedy repair of roads and bridges, critical to moving humanitarian aid around the country.

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