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Poverty Cure: The Gift of Work

Hi, guys! You may have heard me mention a time or two about how much I love the Poverty Cure and Poverty, Inc. DVDs. They are fantastic tools for learning more about poverty alleviation straight from the mouths of the experts they interview in the developing world.

And they have a blog. I’m so honored to get to share a post over on the Poverty Cure blog today! I managed to quote lyrics from Hamilton while sharing a conversation with my kids on the value of work and also mentioning our annual Slave-Free Christmas Challenge over here.


The other day I was exactly where I usually am, behind the wheel of my minivan, driving my kids wherever they needed to be. Sometimes we jam out to music, and the Hamilton soundtrack is our current favorite.

“I’m lookin’ for a mind at work, work

I’m lookin’ for a mind at work, work

I’m lookin’ for a mind at work, work

Whoa-oa! Whoa-oa! Whoa-oa! Whoa-oa!


And sometimes in my smelly minivan, on those beautiful occasions when everyone is getting along relatively well and the decibel level is manageable, I try to talk with them about important things.

So the other day I opened up a conversation with them about the privilege of work. We talked about the opportunity to work a good job and how it’s a gift. I shared how much I love my job, well, jobs, as author, speaker, mother, and advocate for Children’s HopeChest. They listened and talked about what they might want to be. Video game designer. Dog groomer. Extremely famous singer actress celebrity.