One of the most important foundations of the Christian faith is the teaching and practice of charity for the less fortunate. Followers of Jesus Christ resonate their faith in devotion to providing the necessities of life for the poor, the disenfranchised and the outcasts of mainstream society.
This belief and this concept of charity remain constant; it's no different today than it was 2,000 years ago. In fact, one might argue that the need to assist the poor today worldwide is far greater than it was in the time of Christ, given the massive population explosion.
Recently in Newport Beach, an organization known as Women of Vision-Orange County, one of 34 nationwide chapters associated with World Vision, the largest international Christian humanitarian organization serving the poor in 100 countries around the world, gathered for its annual Faces of Courage celebration luncheon.
The event, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, welcomed guest speaker Rani Hong, a child slavery survivor who was kidnapped at the age of 7 in Southern India. Rani was joined by her husband, Trong Hong, who was recruited to become a child solder at the age of 9 in Vietnam. Together they have established the Tronie Foundation, a nonprofit promoting policy change and assistance for children of violent crimes.