Are you the protagonist of your life story?

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Are you the protagonist in your own life story … with God as the Author?

Join blogger Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Momas she meets youth in the Dominican Republic who are becoming leaders in God's story and inspiring others to embrace their own identity. 

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Many times we refer to God as the author of life. I certainly hold this as truth, and this belief has both created conflict within myself and given me inspiration. I can illustrate this with two of my most recurring thoughts:

If God is the author, why is there so much tragedy in my story?

If God is the author, there must be a happy ending to my story.

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    Beautiful giving | Bella bondad

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    Blogger Daily Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, and remembering her childhood, writes: "World Vision has given me hope."

    Two weeks ago, Daily returned to her homeland with our bloggers to visit that hope in person. Today, see the DR through Daily's eyes.

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    A beautiful giving! I heard somewhere that life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps, you can achieve your goal. My goal was sharing my journey and having a community in which we share the same passion and struggles. Sometimes those baby steps toward your goal show you that along the way, it is not about the destination itself, it’s more about the journey.

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      A mother’s story: Being positive about HIV

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      Happy Mother's Day!

      Last week, Elayna Fernandez—The Positive Mom—joined our World Vision Bloggers in the Dominican Republic, where we met an amazing mother: Milagros, or "miracles."

      Meet this miracle mom with us and see her journey from hardship to being positive about having HIV.

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      She kept saying “I’m so grateful,” and she couldn’t stop smiling. I was instantly inspired by her sense of pride and the light that radiated through her beautiful brown eyes.

      I think it is no accident that her name, Milagros, means “miracles.” That’s what you experience in her presence.

      I couldn’t help but stare at her and just soak it all in. She is a loving mom, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to many.

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        8 stories that fed my soul in the Dominican Republic

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        Food blogger Melissa Bailey (Hungry Food Love) grew up in the Dominican Republic, and returned to her homeland last week with the World Vision Bloggers!

        Take a tour of eight stories she experienced that nourished her soul, and the top five things she learned about World Vision.

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        Visiting the Dominican Republic, where I am currently writing from, has always been a big deal. I was born and raised in this beautiful country, and even though I no longer live here, this will always be my home. When I plan a trip back, I spend every minute daydreaming about what I will get to do, see, and try during my stay.

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          Unique solutions to unique poverties

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          A new post live from the Dominican Republic! Every unique version of poverty requires it's own custom solution. See how the programs we're visiting in the DR are doing just that!

          And meet a young doctor who's demonstrating that communities can be stronger when they work together.

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          I’m writing from the Dominican Republic where I’m traveling right now with a group of our wonderful and amazing bloggers (meet them below!). As I always am, I’m amazed by the immersive, colorful experience of a new country, a new culture, a new people.

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            Why I am traveling to the Dominican Republic

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            Blogger Leanette Fernandez will be joining us as our World Vision Bloggers depart for the Dominican Republic on Sunday to see firsthand how World Vision communities are working together to be greater than poverty!

            Read about why Leanette is excited for this trip … and the amazing people we're planning to meet there.

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            When I began blogging 6 years ago, one of my main goals for doing so was to help people. Anytime I am able to partner with an organization, in this case World Vision, to help others, I am filled with joy! That pretty much explains why I am smiling as I type this post.

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              After crisis: The whole story

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              When we talk about crisis—conflict, sickness, hunger—let’s tell the whole story: one that includes our response to what God is calling us to do in the face of hardship, knowing that in the end there can be courage, hope, and love.

              See how World Vision is part of the whole story, and how we can be #GreaterTogether.

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              Every day in the news, we see stories of crisis—conflict, hunger, sickness, natural disaster—but when we stop hearing about them, after the media and public eye lose interest in these stories, what happens next?

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                An Armenian family update: One year later

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                One year ago today, we were in Armenia with a group of bloggers including Anna Whiston-Donaldson, who inspired her readers to make sure that all of Aida and Vova's children were sponsored!

                A year later with World Vision's partnership, see what's different and new for this family of ten … and the challenges they're still facing.

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                Exactly one year ago, as part of a team of World Vision bloggers, I headed to Armenia to experience cold weather poverty first-hand and see the work World Vision does to strengthen families and communities.

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                  12 steps to a deeper relationship with your sponsored child

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                  What if the best New Year's resolution you can make for 2016 isn't even about you?

                  This 12-step guide from blogger Rachel Teodoro outlines monthly fun and creative ways that will help you build a deep relationship with the child you sponsor throughout the year!

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                  There is something exciting about starting a new year. I know many of us commit to making changes in the New Year. Maybe you write a list of resolutions that promptly get broken before you even get out of January. I know I do!

                  What if I told you that the best New Year's resolution you can make this year isn't even about you? What if I gave you a monthly step-by-step way to dig deeper into a relationship with a vulnerable child that could be life-changing—not only for you, but for that child and their community?

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                    This simple action could change the world

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                    On our Cambodia trip, see what gave blogger Stephanie May Wilson goosebumps — even in the oppressive heat! — and how the simple action it represents could change the world.

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                    I know this is disappointing, but I really don’t like to hike. It’s disappointing because I’m a Coloradan, born and bred. But even the beautiful Rocky Mountains could never inspire me to spend a Saturday sweating my way up a trail.

                    But even with my distaste for the activity, I went on a hike with my aunt a few weeks ago—jumping at the chance for some quality time with her.

                    At first the hike was exactly as we expected. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t impossible either. “Maybe this hiking thing isn’t as bad as I thought!” I considered with surprising optimism.

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