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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!

Who's that girl?

"Who’s that girl?" I wondered while watching Carter’s Chord, a sister band who recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to create a video of their song, "Love a Little Bigger."

I love the song and its message: how blessed we are and how a luxury, like drinking a $4 cup of coffee, can make us feel guilty, especially when we are confronted by pictures of the poor.

Being from Seattle, the coffee center of the universe, I can relate.

The video is beautiful. The Carter’s Chord sisters are lovely. Their voices are wonderful. The Dominican Republic is an astonishing country, dripping with tropical delight.

But the prettiest thing in the video is its little star -- a girl whose life they captured from her early-morning routine, waking up and rubbing the sleep from her eyes, through the moment where she seemed to take flight -- dancing with the Carter’s Chord sisters as they sang.