President's Prayer Letter

Winter 2014-15

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Former President Dave Toycen in the middle of a crowd of children waving at the camera


Winter 2015

For the past 16 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to share with you the many different ways you can pray for the children and families around the world. I’m so thankful for that chance and for the friendship we’ve built together over the years. It’s for that reason that I want to share some news with you.​

41 years with World Vision, 18 as President and CEO of World Vision Canada, I’ve decided to retire. This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly. It’s the most difficult one I’ve made in my entire vocational journey. God has given me a strong spiritual direction that it’s time for a new leader with different experience.

The biggest challenge to me is stepping away from the connections and relationships I’ve formed with people like you, and the tremendous team we have here at World Vision. But these also encourage me. It’s through these interactions that I’ve heard of how you’re praying for our organization and the children we are working to help. And I believe that won’t change.

I want to assure you that World Vision is in good hands. We have people on our team who are as committed to following Jesus and addressing the needs of children as I am. The Board of Directors has begun the search for a new president, and I will remain in charge until this person is chosen.

I believe so strongly that with a new leader, there will be many more great things accomplished by World Vision. My confidence is based on one great idea: In the end, what we’re doing belongs to God, and it’s very clear that God loves the children.

Thank you again for your prayers, generous support and encouragement. You have encouraged me.


​​Dave Toycen​​​​

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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