World Vision in the 1970's





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Published on Aug 10, 2012

Stan Mooneyham joined World Vision as the new president. When refugees from Vietnam fled their country by boat, Stan rushed to their aid and distributed emergency relief items from a rescue ship. Watch this archive footage!

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World Vision in the Early 1970s:
- Sponsorship program model shifts from exclusive benefits only for sponsored children to community development — for the benefit of all children.
- Sponsorship expands to 54,000 children in 25 countries, and relief efforts continue to grow. Relief and development division is created.
- World Vision pastor conferences continue globally.
- Relief efforts expand to Tanzania, Laos, and even behind enemy lines in war-torn Cambodia.

World Vision in the Mid 1970s:
- Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and instability forces programs to close in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, impacting 23,000 sponsored children.
- Work includes sending assistance, evacuating orphans, helping Vietnamese refugees in Thailand, pastors conferences, and evangelistic outreaches.
- Sponsorship programs are expanded into nine Latin American countries.
- Office support structure is changed, allowing national offices to focus on programs and support offices to focus on donors and fundraising, resulting in more efficient management of funds.
- Vocational and agricultural training for families is incorporated into sponsorship programs. Learning to farm and earn money is sustainable change that helps parents be better providers for their children. These efforts ultimately evolve into World Vision’s current community development work, which has proved central to bringing lasting hope.

World Vision in the Late 1970s:
- Completion of transition to community development approach for sponsorship, with goal of helping communities achieve self-reliance; "Operation Seasweep" rescues Vietnamese refugees stranded on boats.
- Sponsorship program includes 193,000 children.
- Relief programs aid 446,000 people worldwide.
- Sponsorship and development work begins in Africa.
- When Vietnamese refugees are stranded at sea, World Vision President Stan Mooneyham and crew rush to their aid and distribute relief items from a rescue ship in the daring “Operation Seasweep.”

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