How a Samburu Mom’s Unexpected Questions Changed Me
Written by Heather Nelson, One Village Transformed Communications Coordinator.
I stepped off the plane and immediately felt the crisp air telling all my senses I was back home. After a week in the dry, scorching climate of Kenya, breathing in the Seattle air reminded me of drinking a tall glass of water after feeling uncomfortably parched the last seven days.
Still, there were two things I thirsted for more than the familiar scenery and drinkable air: seeing (and squeezing!) my two sweet boys I’d left behind while I flew across the world for my first trip to the field with World Concern.
I have the privilege of working as the One Village Transformed Communications Coordinator with World Concern, a vocation that lets me deep dive into the incredible transformational development happening in more than 30 villages in Asia, Africa, and Haiti.
The thing is, my job mostly takes place at a desk. I read technical reports emailed from the field, and I write from the comfort of my office chair. I share exciting updates with One Village Transformed supporters so they can see and feel the impact their gifts are having. It’s blessed work that I care about deeply. But until a few weeks ago, I mostly did this job from my head.
Now that’s changed.
Continue reading Two Mothers, Different Worlds
There are kids who don’t have anyone to protect them.
Alone and vulnerable, they’re more susceptible to the lies of traffickers. People who promise them good jobs, a bright future, and success, who only seek to exploit them for personal gain.
It seems promising in the moment, but before they know it, they’re trapped with no way out.
Kids as young as toddlers are being taken and sold. Abused. Coerced. Forced into prostitution.
Who will rescue them? Continue reading How Parents are Speaking Out against Child Trafficking
As a parent, it’s natural to want to protect your kids from things that could harm or upset them.
But at the same time, you want to answer their tough questions honestly and help them grow into compassionate young people.
Not knowing when to bring up difficult subjects like human trafficking, where to start, and how much detail to go into are a few reasons we choose not to talk to our kids about them at all.
How are you supposed to be honest while still protecting your kids? Continue reading How to Talk to Your Kids about Human Trafficking
Cho’s family was desperately poor and in debt. All of the families in his village in Myanmar struggled to have enough food to eat. So Cho (whose name has been changed) and his friends made a plan. They heard stories about jobs that were easy and paid a lot of money in China. As young teenagers it was illegal for them to work in China, but they knew a man who said he could find work for them.
Continue reading Can I Ever Go Home? A True Story of Child Trafficking
It’s dry in Lolkuniani.
So dry that moms and their children walk up to six hours a day to find water. The riverbeds are bare and dusty, but if they dig deep enough small pools of water gradually appear. It’s this water, brown and murky, they scoop into containers that are so heavy when filled they must use a strap against their foreheads to carry the weight.
It’s a physical burden that represents not only the hardships they face, but the weight of understanding that this is not what it means to live a full, abundant life.
Lolkuniani is ready for a change. Continue reading Finding Hope in Lolkuniani – One Village Transformed
This story is representative of what families are facing each day in dangerous conflict zones. As you read Asha’s story, put yourself in her shoes. What would you do without food for your children when even stepping outside puts yourself and your child in danger?
Continue reading A Light in the Darkest Place – Asha’s Story
There are places in the world where the road ends and help stops.
These places are desolate, isolated, and dangerous. The problems there—both natural and man-made—have gone on for too long to make the headlines. They are places where humanitarian aid has fallen short.
Continue reading If Not Us, Then Who? Why We Serve at the End of the Road
As a valuable member of our World Concern family, thank you for all you’ve done to help families in the poorest places, in Jesus’ name, around the world!
Join us in looking back on 2018 and see how you’ve helped the most vulnerable, beyond the very end of the road.
Continue reading World Concern 2018: A Year in Review
Gifts to wrap, food to buy, parties to attend – it seems your to-do list around Christmastime grows longer each year.
You search for the best gifts for your children (or grandchildren) and once Christmas morning comes and the wrapping paper flies off in a flurry, they’re lost in the wonder of new gifts. It’s an exciting time for sure, but sometimes the true meaning of Christmas can get lost in the excitement.
Talking to your kids about generosity during the Christmas season is important, but finding the right time to do so can be difficult.
That’s why we’re here to help!
Continue reading 3 Ways to Teach Your Children about Giving this Christmas
It’s a funny thing to be thankful for a goat.
But in this season of gift exchanges and acts of kindness, a goat is at the top of the list when asked “What are you thankful for this Christmas?”
That’s because one goat has the power to transform a child’s life.
Continue reading Why We’re Thankful for Goats