Email Updates

Dear Friend,

Hello again from the World Vision Experience: AIDS Tour Staff! We are excited to be sharing our second email with you as we celebrate the ongoing journey of the tour and the immense impact you, as volunteers, have made. We hope you had a chance to stop in at our new blog and read about Ange’s story. (If you missed the first email, check your inbox!)

As Ange shared it is easy for statistics to leave us feeling paralyzed. We may become overwhelmed by the need or perhaps are at the end of our resources. However, there is still something we can do. Chris Hennig, a former Tour Staff member, realized that he may not be able to single handedly sponsor thousands of children, but he knew many people who could sponsor just one. In March of this year Chris began a 2200 mile journey hiking the Appalachian Trail which runs from Georgia to Maine. He created a blog that he uses to share his own struggles and accomplishments as he hikes but most importantly he uses his blog as a platform to make new friends and share the message of sponsorship. By sharing his story he is telling many others how they can make a difference in the life of a child.

As a volunteer, you rose above the statistics and demanded that urgent action be taken to bring children hope. Now, we ask you remember the excitement you felt at the exhibit and share what you learned with someone else. Imagine, if you shared sponsorship with just one person, and the thousands of others of volunteers did the same thing, we could make a huge difference!

Just as you did when you first entered the exhibit, step out of your world, pretend to put those headphones on, but this time, take a journey down the Appalachian Trial. Learn how Chris is sharing the message of sponsorship.

Talk to you soon, Jonathan Brown, Sr. Tour Manager & the World Vision Experience: AIDS Tour Staff




Dear Friend,

As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the World Vision Experience: AIDS tour, we are excited to share the journey with you thus far. It’s been a long one: nearly 100 churches and 40,000 miles traveled. Most importantly, more than 200,000 visitors and volunteers have stepped into Africa, and almost 21,000 children and families have found a pathway to hope through sponsorship.

You are part of a powerful network of individuals, tens of thousands strong, whose willingness to serve has meant changed lives across sub-Saharan Africa and in your own community. But the journey is not yet complete. YOUR journey is not yet complete. AIDS continues to ravage communities. You have played a significant role in providing nearly 21,000 children with hope in the midst of HIV and AIDS, but there are more children waiting for hope. We ask you to continue in the journey with us by sponsoring a child with World Vision. Even if you are not able to sponsor a child right now, you may know someone who can.

As tour staff, we understand there are challenges in this journey — the economy, schedules, finances, fear, and more. We experience these same obstacles and would like to share our stories to both encourage and challenge you. Over the course of the next two months, we will send out several e-mails and update a brand new blog with the stories of the tour staff you served alongside in the battle against HIV and AIDS.

Step back into Africa with us so we can advocate together again.



For some of you, it has been a few years. For others, we were at your church last week. Regardless of which category you fit in, we are excited to welcome you to the Experience: AIDS Tour blog.

This is a place for you to come and read updates about the Tour, see its progress over the past few years and see where the Tour is going next. You are a part of this Experience and we want you to continue to be involved even after the truck as packed up and left your city.

Your service as a volunteer is invaluable. Childrens’ lives all over the world have been changed because of you. You have created a pathway to hope for the children of the world effected by HIV and AIDS.