A Teen’s Guide to Advocacy

A Teen’s Guide to Advocacy

January 19, 2016By Guest AuthorLearn about Advocacy 3 Comments

I’ll be honest: the first time I walked into Senator Maria Cantwell’s Capitol Hill office with the Save the Children Action Network team, I was incredibly nervous. Wasn’t it strange that a sixteen-year old was about to lobby a political superhero? What could I say that she didn’t already know? I began to doubt what I could really contribute to the effort to save moms and kids. I felt uncertain and out of place.

How Your Advocacy Creates Change

How Your Advocacy Creates Change

January 15, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

Without you, our advocacy means very little. You are who Congress works for your voice is the voice that matters. In D.C., bills are introduced, but you give those bills momentum to become laws. With you, we have made great strides, helping the Water for the World Act and the Girl Count Act pass! We know these victories are only the start of our voices coming together as one. How does it work though?

How Change Happens on the Hill

How Change Happens on the Hill

January 13, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

When I first started my position with the World Vision USA Advocacy team, I didn’t know much about policy. While I have a background in creative writing and using social media for mobilization, my policy understanding was limited to some terms, the general concept of Congress, and that lobbyists influence Congressional members. Since the goal of my job is to help communicate with you, our advocates, how you can effectively advocate for relevant and pressing issues, I have had to learn a bit about the policy side of things and what it is that our policy advisors actually do on the Hill. Hopefully this post will give you a better idea of the work being done in D.C., who is doing the work, and why it should matter to you!

A Brief History of Advocacy

A Brief History of Advocacy

January 7, 2016By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 1 Comment

This is the second post in our Advocacy 101 blog series. While advocacy as it is traditionally thought of today, lobbying to government officials to make policy changes, is relatively new in the grand scheme of things, various forms of advocacy have been going on much longer than any formal system — and are still very relevant today. You can see it when looking at history, and even throughout the Bible. What inspired advocacy as it is now, and how does it relate to Christianity?

Feet First

Feet First

January 5, 2016By Zoey WilsonLearn about Advocacy No Comments

Zoey Wilson is the newest member of the World Vision advocacy team. Last August she jumped in feet first and knows what it is like to take first steps as an advocate. Today she starts to share the basics in the first of our Advocacy 101 blog series. If you would like to take the next step in advocacy, or are just curious about the issues we will be working on this year, join us on Wednesday January 13 for our Grassroots Advocate Conference Call. Click through to sign up!

Remembering on Christmas Eve

Remembering on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2015By Christina BradicBiblical Call to Advocacy 2 Comments

Today we share the last post in our Advent series. We ask, how often do things that seem small and unremarkable end up being a part of something big, as was the case with the birth of Jesus? It is all a part of God’s plan, which we do not know. However, we do know we are meant to share His love. Join us as we share God’s love and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by sending prayers for peace around the world.

Making Christmas Dreams Come True

Making Christmas Dreams Come True

December 22, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy 1 Comment

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” is a nice line in a song, but only a dream for so many around the world. My journey with Jesus on behalf of the poor began several years ago in Kenya, but this past summer it took an unexpected turn to take my wife and me to the place God wanted us to be. Just like God grabbed the attention of the Magi through a star in the sky, inviting them to embark on a long and arduous journey to find the true King, God grabbed our attention through an invitation to go back to Africa and look again at the critical needs of mothers and children.

Bringing Hope — A Refugee Story

December 18, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy 4 Comments

She walked for days over countless miles, her belly swollen. The baby within her gave her no peace, stirring and ready to be born. When the time came, uncertainty reigned. She was a stranger there. She wasn’t sure where she could deliver. But on that day as the first cry of her little boy pierced the air, her face broke into a smile. Her hope, her future had entered the world.

Silent Night, Holy Night: Reflections on Mother and Child

Silent Night, Holy Night: Reflections on Mother and Child

December 15, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy No Comments

Advent is a season of expectation, hope, and preparation for the miracle of God’s entry into our world as a vulnerable infant. But do we pause often enough to ponder the birth itself? The nativity stories found in our sacred texts tell us little about it, though what we know is Mary was a relatively young woman, she was pregnant at an unexpected time in her life, and she delivered Jesus under less than ideal circumstances.

And the Shepherds Just Went

And the Shepherds Just Went

December 10, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy 4 Comments

One of my favorite moments in the entire Christmas story comes just after angels illuminate the night sky, singing praises, and generally being terrifying as shepherds watch from below. After this miraculous (but arguably insane) fanfare, the shepherds look at each other and say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.”