World Vision was founded on the words of a simple but powerful prayer:
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
Our Christian identity underpins everything that we do. Motivated by our faith, World Vision is committed to following the teaching and example of Jesus Christ in his identification with those who are poor, vulnerable or forgotten.
In practical terms, this simply means that we want to make a positive difference in the world around us as an expression and sign of God’s unconditional love.
Faith is widely recognised as an important aspect of the lives of the children, their families and their communities we work with. It crosses the boundaries of culture and society and is protected in documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is also acknowledged by many who work in international development that an understanding of spirituality is critical for effective poverty reduction and development.
World Vision too sees spiritual wellbeing as integral to our understanding of, and approach to, all of the work we do. We recognise in this that we have a responsibility to understand how our faith and the faith of others might interact. Our approach to this is guided by six principles:
Openness and transparency – we are committed to living out and communicating our faith in ways that are appropriate to the contexts within which we work.
Respect for the dignity of all human beings – we are all made in the image of God. We value the common humanity we share with everyone and actively encourage a mutual understanding of one another’s beliefs.
Building upon shared values; what unites rather than divides – we promote universal values that are shared by most religions – for example, peace, justice, love and respect.
Freedom and inclusion – we work with all children (and people) in the community irrespective of their religious beliefs, race, sexual orientation, gender or ability.
Empowerment and participation – we affirm the rights of children to express their own views, examine their beliefs and participate in the broader decision making within their family and wider society.
Justice and truth – we challenge all forms of discrimination, social exclusion, conflict and abuse, including those rooted in faith.
“I have come that you might have life – life in all its fullness.”