I came across this statement in World Vision International's magazine Global Future. For me, it summarizes all that is right about our mission as well as clearly identifying the key issues at the root of global poverty. I resonate with this so deeply that I could very easily co-opt it as my own personal mission statement and let it serve as a daily reminder of how I need to live my life in light of the great need around the world:
World Vision recognizes that poverty is not inevitable. Our Mission Statement calls us to challenge those unjust structures that constrain the poor in a world of false priorities, gross inequalities, and distorted values. World Vision desires that all people be able to reach their God-given potential, and thus works for a world that no longer tolerates poverty.
From: Global Future, Number 2, 2008, pg. 25.