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Recent Posts By Rich Stearns

With God on our side

With God on our side | World Vision Blog

A little girl watches her community members water their vegetable gardens early on a Saturday morning in Kuajok, South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Places like South Sudan and Syria are where the poorest of the poor cling to survival. But with God on our side, "We can bring the light of the Gospel into the world’s darkest places."

See how you can answer God's call in the fight against extreme poverty.

In the Dominican Republic, good news on poverty

In the Dominican Republic, good news on poverty | World Vision Blog

World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns visits children in the Dominican Republic. (Photo: 2015 Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

Despite continued heartbreak in the most difficult places in the world, over the past few decades there has been incredible progress in the fight against extreme poverty.

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, our president Rich Stearns and the CEO of Family Christian Stores, Chuck Bengochea, witnessed "the opposite of the usual story of global poverty." See what this transformation from hardship—and a new, brighter future—looks like!

God’s great love for this world

God’s great love for this world | World Vision Blog

World Vision Haiti physical therapist and counselor Jony St. Louis visits Demosi after the earthquake. (Photo: 2010 Jon Warren/World Vision)

All around the world, in places like Haiti, World Vision works to transform bad news into good.

Today for Good Friday—when death transformed into life—our president Rich Stearns writes about the transformative power of God's love.

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday

Give thanks—part 2: Black Friday | World Vision Blog

Rich Stearns prays over Reshma in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

In his two-part Thanksgiving series, World Vision USA president Rich Stearns reflects on his recent trip to Bangladesh. Read Part 1 here.

On this trip, Rich met Reshma, who will be bought and sold a dozen times today, on Black Friday, as a sex worker.

Read about the two bright spots in her life, and how World Vision is working to help her.

Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014

Give thanks—part 1: My first Thanksgiving of 2014 | World Vision Blog

Rich and Reneé Stearns with Chitra in Bangladesh. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today? We're thankful for you!

Earlier this month, Rich and Reneé Stearns shared their first Thanksgiving meal of 2014 with Dipshikha, who teaches the children of brothel workers at a World Vision Child Friendly Space in Bangladesh.

Read about their visit.

Why we’re going into Iraq

Why we’re going into Iraq | World Vision Blog

A little girl displaced by conflict in Iraq. (Photo: ©2014 Meg Sattler/World Vision)

1.8 million children, mothers, and fathers have been internally displaced because of the conflict in Iraq. World Vision has recently begun relief operations to help them.

"We are going into Iraq," writes Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U. S. "Difficult, challenging, and risky as it might be."

Why? Read more to find out.

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later

The Hole in Our Gospel, five years later | World Vision Blog

The five-year anniversary special edition of The Hole in Our Gospel includes a 16-page full color infograph section illustrating poverty and church trends. (Photo: The Hole in Our Gospel)

Today, Rich Stearns – president of World Vision U.S. – releases a special edition of his book The Hole in Our Gospel, marking five years since its original publication.

Read an excerpt sharing how the fight against global poverty has changed over the past five years, and what our call is today and for the future.

This is love

This is love | World Vision Blog

Sponsored children from Ban Rai Pattana school in Thailand make the “I love you” sign for their sponsors. (©2013 Keurkoon Phoomwittaya/World Vision)

Valentine's Day is an occasion to show love, but it's also a time to recognize love that's already been demonstrated. In honor of today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., writes about the many ways we show love — to each other and around the world — and how he's inspired again and again by the amazing love of our supporters!

God is at work

World Vision U.S. president Rich Stearns and his wife, Reneé, released two new books last week! He Walks Among Us: Encounters With Christ in a Broken World is a book of devotionals, and God’s Love For You is a Bible storybook for kids.

Today, Rich describes the journey of writing these books and his encounters with God during his travels all around the world with Reneé and World Vision.

Kisongo Trek: The real deal

World Vision Experience provides interactive ways for communities across the United States to share a glimpse into what poverty looks like in the developing world and to understand first-hand the work that World Vision is doing to break the cycle of poverty.

Today, Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., introduces the new World Vision Experience, Kisongo Trek, and describes his visit to Tanzania where that Experience project all began.

Why World Vision? From "spare change" to lasting change

Ever wonder how your donations to World Vision make a difference?

Over the next few months, we're excited to share with you the vision of our ministry, exploring two areas -- how we work, and what difference it makes for those whom we serve.

Expect infographics, stories from the field, and Q&As with development experts each week as we highlight how our community development helps create freedom from poverty through a variety of interventions -- such as clean water, food, education, and economic development.

Good Friday: Investing where hope seems dead

One of the most remarkable sentences in all of Scripture comes from the thief who was hanging next to Jesus on the cross. Jesus was just hours from death, and, by all appearances, had failed in his Messianic role.

Just days before, Jesus had entered Jerusalem, hailed as a king with shouts of “Hosanna!” But then, Jesus was betrayed, tried, beaten, and nailed to the cross. In the eyes of the disciples and all of his followers, it was all over.