Faith, hope and love

Our Christian identity

Faith, hope and love

We are a Christian organisation. Faith, hope and love drive everything we do to make incredible change in the world.

All of us at World Vision are connected in our desire to seek justice and to overcome poverty for all children, everywhere

Most Kiwis know something of World Vision’s story. Since we began in New Zealand 45 years ago, millions have done the 40 Hour Famine, or sponsored a child, or dug deep when an emergency like the Asian Tsunami has struck. 

But not everyone may be familiar with World Vision’s connection to the Christian story.

It is this story that motivated our founders and continues to motivate and guide our staff and organisation today. At the heart of this story is the person of Jesus. His life and his teaching shapes the way we work today. 

Our story is a story of faith...

Our story is a story of faith...

Jesus was known for spending time with those on the fringes of society, always seeing potential for change and transformation where others could not.

His example motivates us to live and love at the edges and to find potential for transformation in the toughest situations.


Our story is a story of hope...

Our story is a story of hope...

Jesus presented a radically different view of how life, relationships and society could be. 

He said he came so that everyone might have a full life. This gives us a glimpse of how things could be and motivates us to work for justice for all, so that everyone might experience a ‘full life’, with no-one left behind.

And our story is a story of love.

And our story is a story of love.

We believe that that love has the power to overcome all. The unconditional love Jesus demonstrated for the sick and the hungry, for children and widows, for prostitutes and foreigners, for friend and even for foe, sets the standard we aspire to today. 

Love drives us to serve all people in need today, regardless of race, gender, age, location, religion or social status. Today, there are more than 50,000 Kiwis who share in World Vision’s work. 

Some share our Christian story, but many have other stories that motivate them to partner with us. We welcome and celebrate this diversity.

All of us at World Vision are connected in our desire to seek justice and to overcome poverty for all children, everywhere. We invite all New Zealanders to join us.

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We work alongside the entire community to make changes in healthcare, sanitation, education, livelihoods, food security, and child protection, ensuring that everyone in the community experiences life in all its fullness.

May God bless us with discomfort.
Discomfort at easy answers, 
half truths, and superficial relationships; 
so that we may live from deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger.
Anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation
of people and our earth; so that we may
work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed.
Tears for those who suffer from pain, rejection, 
starvation and war; so that we may reach out
our hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with foolishness.
Enough foolishness to believe that we 
can make a difference in this world; 
so that we can do what others 
claim cannot be done.  


(Adapted from a Franciscan Prayer)

FAQs: Our Christian Identity

  • What does a church partnership look like?

    Partnership between your church and WV could include anything from joining us in prayer to partnering with us financially for a specific community over the long term. What it will look like will be guided by your church leadership and determined by the focus, size and passion of your church. 

    Some churches partner financially for specific emergencies or events, such as the 40 Hour Famine.  Other churches commit to a long term partnership targeted at a deep level of engagement with a single community. And then there are some that simply need to know what to pray for and when. Our Church Partnerships Team are equipped to help design a partnership that supports your church best and they can be contacted at or 0800 800776.

  • In projects where World Vision works with local churches, isn’t there pressure to convert?

    In some projects we co-operate with local church leadership. This must be appropriate in the context of the programme. The families in these communities are given an opportunity for Christian education appropriate to their own culture but it's their choice to participate.

  • Do you try and convert the people you are working with in development projects?

    World Vision affirms and defends the right of all Christian and faith-based organisations, including our own staff and World Vision itself, to witness through their lives, words and deeds.

    Witness is not, however, the same thing as proselytism. World Vision defines proselytism as the use of aid as an inducement or source of coercion for religious conversion. World Vision believes that nobody should be coerced or manipulated into converting to Christianity – accepting Christ must be a free decision based on consideration and judgment. World Vision condemns proselytism and does not tolerate its practice by staff.

    Christian witness is an essential and integral part of the mission of World Vision. Christian witness should never involve the use of pressure or inducement but equally it is unethical and inappropriate to hide that Christian teaching is the underlying motive for all of World Vision's work.

  • World Vision is Christian, right? But do you help people of other faiths?

    World Vision is a Christian organisation whose mission is to work with the poor and oppressed, to promote human development. Because our mission is to help the poorest of the poor we do not make a distinction between faiths. We help based on need, not faith or geography.

    We pursue our mission through an integrated, holistic commitment to:

    •    Transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of children
    •    Emergency relief that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster
    •    Promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among whom we work
    •    Public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement and prayer
    •    Witness to Jesus Christ by life, deed, word and sign that encourages people to respond to the Gospel

    World Vision believes that all people of faith should be able to worship in peace and security, and calls on all governments to protect their faith communities. We call on people of all faiths to rise above indifference, prejudice and hate. And we pray that, in solidarity, people will come to the aid of all innocent victims of abuse, war, hunger, disaster, terrorism, and disease.

  • ​Why should we partner with World Vision?

    If you have ever wondered how your church can better understand and live out the example of the Good Samaritan or Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, then we would love the opportunity to share with you and your church World Vision’s 60 years of experience and expertise in trying to do just that.
    A partnership with World Vision can bring unity to your church and transform a community with the love of God.  

  • How can my church be involved with World Vision?

    It is important to us that we partner with your church's vision and special character. To do this we have a range of different resources, speakers and events that will engage your church. To find out more please contact our Church Partnerships team at or 0800 800776.

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