This episode is part of our special webinar series on Using Your Platform For Good In Crisis.
From local charities and churches to the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs), most – if not all – nonprofits are struggling today as a result of the current crisis. Reduced funding, work-from-home restrictions, and workforce limitations put significant pressure on their ability to stay mission focused: serving others to meet various needs.
As one of the world’s largest NGOs, World Vision finds itself fighting the same battles many of us are facing as leaders today – but on a global scale.
World Vision serves the poorest of the poor. The people in the countries they serve frequently face overwhelming economic, medical, political, and social meltdown. Halftime Alum and President of World Vision, Edgar Sandoval, and his team are working around the clock to stay mission focused and find creative ways to continue serving people, despite the challenges.
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Edgar recently joined Lloyd Reeb and Doug Piper to discuss how to stay mission focused, both personally and organizationally, with practical tools for prioritizing what matters most during these unique times.
During our time together we discussed the leadership strategies that World Vision is implementing to navigate this crisis in the U.S. and around the world.
At the outset of the crisis, Edgar listened to what his senior leaders were seeing and started sketching a framework for response. He drew three interlocking circles representing the priorities below:
1. Protection and safety
2. Community and belonging
3. A sense of God’s purpose for each one of our lives
As an organization, they resolved to restore these three areas. Otherwise, the enemy would seize the opportunity to instill the opposite: fear, loneliness through isolation, and aimlessness resulting in unproductive days.
Surrounding the interlocking circles were the words prayer, kindness, and a bias towards action. With these three strategies, World Vision is fighting the enemy’s destructive forces in order to support their staff, donors, and beneficiaries around the world.
From transitioning in-person donor events online to leveraging technology for daily devotionals, virtual chapels, and prayer meetings, Edgar and his team are leaning into a mission of reaching out to the world’s most vulnerable people with help and the hope of Jesus.
As leaders, we must remember we have been selected by God to be in the roles we are in today. Trust that the Lord has given you all you need to lead. Draw on your toolbox of life experiences and previous adversities. Trust your instincts and your team’s judgment. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s whispers.
“While we may be tired and the days may run together, we are not done. We have a job to do and we can follow Jesus’ example as an inspiration. Now is not the time to rest. This is our time.”
World Vision has 13 strategic locations in the U.S. where they are partnering with local churches and school districts to provide family emergency kits containing food and hygiene items.
Globally, they are responding everywhere they work with an aim to reach 22 million people including 11 million children through the following strategies:
PROTECT by distributing equipment and mobilizing an army of over 240,000 community healthcare workers.
PROVIDE by caring for children who were already vulnerable with food, care packets, and financial resources.
PREVENT by helping families and communities slow the spread of the virus by implementing world class clean water and sanitation programs.
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Pray: Pray for the health and protection of those most vulnerable during these difficult times. Ask the Lord to provide discernment for the leaders of World Vision as they make decisions.
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