THE FIRST #fhbloggers TRIP TO ETHIOPIA JULY 9-16
One of the first new projects I began to work on when I first started with Food for the Hungry a year ago was a blog trip. Even though I mostly serve the Artist Program, working with music artists and tours, I feel like everywhere I turned I had a close friend that is a solid blogger that wanted to make a difference with his or her platform. I definitely understand the influence that passionate bloggers have, and the amazing thing is that this group that has been assembled for this trip has come together beautifully. It was truly God painting on a blank canvas from the beginning. It has now turned into an amazing piece of art that only our creator could have painted. This trip is going to be a great time for amazing communicators, storytellers, and heartfelt believers to share what they see and experience first hand as we take them through the communities of Ethiopia that Food for the Hungry walks along side of. I can’t wait!
SERVING NEXT TO SOME OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS
HERE’S A SNAPSHOT OF WHO’S GOING ON THE TRIP!
ALECE RONZINO: A New Yorker changed by Africa, Alece is the founder of #OneWord365 and a communications coach for non-profits. She blogs candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life & faith.
Alece is a close personal friend, church mate at Cross Point Church and one of the most inspiring and community building bloggers that I know. She not only has a way with words, but also has a way with engaging a tribe in conversation. You’ll truly love following Alece’s blog during this trip, as you’ll not only be extremely inspired by the stories she tells, but also by the way that she’ll engage you in conversation and before you know it you’ll be a changed person for the better. I’m also honored to be co-leading this trip with her, as it would not be what it is without her.
ALLI WORTHINGTON: Alli lives outside Nashville with her husband and five young sons. She is the CEO of Picha Global, cofounder of BlissDom Events, and Blissfully Domestic magazine. Alli was also just listed as a Young Influencer by Brad Lomenick of Catalyst.
Now, this gal makes me laugh in person and online more than anyone I know. There’s never a dull moment with Alli, and she’s never missing a smile on her face. She not only has WAY too much on her plate by raising 5 boys, but also running three companies and “somehow” she finds a passion in her heart to help those in need in everything that she does. When you follow Alli on this trip you’ll find the good in EVERYTHING, however she will not hold back from the hurt in the world and how important it is for us all to pitch in and help. I’m so happy to have Alli on this trip, as she brings a unique view through the window of what we all see in life! Be yourself Alli. I can’t wait to “hear” what you write about what you “see”.
Alysa has one of the top nutritional blogs in America, is the personal nutritionist for Mamavation, and has been, for the past few months, the personal nutritionist for BlogHer. Alysa directs her passion to helping other mothers all over the planet provide the proper nutrition to their children. Alysa has always wanted to serve a global cause that was directly connected to food and development. When you follow Alysa on this trip you’ll learn that while the western culture is trying their best to provide the proper nutrition to their children, a mother in the Developing World is just happy to send their child to bed each night with a full belly. We will learn so much from Alysa on this trip and we’re so excited she’s with us!
EMILY LOERKE: A Dallas girl that believes it would be the perfect city if it were only in the mountains, right by the ocean with a downtown ballpark, four real seasons, and a ready supply of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Emily has been on staff at Watermark Community Church for the past seven years, and co-authors a marriage blog called Today’s Letters with her husband, Tim. Emily & Tim’s blog was voted the Best Blog by The Blog Guidebook in 2010.
Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to start with this gal. I guess I would say, if I had ever had another sister, this would be her. I’ve never had another girl address me as “homie” in my life other than Loerke….yes, I called her Loerke. She’s awesome and you can tell that she and her husband Tim truly LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! What’s crazy is that Emily and her husband Tim just recently got back from a trip from Uganda with her church. I love their passion for making a difference in the world and can’t wait to hear what amazing stories and new perspectives come from her blog. Thanks Emily for your time and thanks to Tim for letting her come with us. You’re an amazing and inspiring couple!
KRISTEN HOWERTON: A mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption, and has been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2004. She teaches psychology at Vanguard University and lives in Southern California. Kristen’s blog was chosen to the in Babble’s Top 100 in 2011 and was just featured on The Huffington Posts blog recently for Mother’s Day.
Kristen’s passion to make a difference blows my mind. Not only was she quick to say yes to the trip, but she has adopted two boys from Haiti in addition to the two girls that she and her husband already have. Kristen is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a freelance writer, and a musical theater geek. She is also the managing editor of ShePosts, an online news magazine for women in social media, as well as the editor of Mama Manifesto, a collaborative parenting blog. On top of that she finds the time to devote herself to going on a trip with us to Ethiopia to impact others for the better. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Kristen!
LINDSEY NOBLES: Lindsey, a native Texan, a habitual twitterer, sporadic blogger, and conference enthusiast, has recently joined the Food for the Hungry team as Director of Speakers and Strategic Partnerships. She is passionate about mobilizing others to go to the hard places and bring hope and help to the children.
Last of the bloggers, but definitely not least, the newest addition to the #fhbloggers is my good friend and church mate, Lindsey. A feisty (yet wise) Texan that prefers a solid handshake over a wimpy one (inside joke – ask her about it sometime), she is a friend to many and is influential beyond belief. I’m so honored to now serve along side of Lindsey with the ministry of FH and dream up new ways of how we can continue to be a voice to those that do not have one. I’m so glad to have you on board with us, my friend!
DAVID MOLNAR (PHOTOGRAPHER): David is a music & advertising photographer based out of Nashville, with clients like Dolby, Sony, EMI, March of Dimes & Atlantic Records. Because of his deep faith in living out love like Jesus, David uses his photography to aid in philanthropic work to wipeout hunger, disease, and extreme poverty.
David and his wife Tammy are great friends of mine and great friends to many others! David is always a “man about town”, with photos in People, USA TODAY and Real Simple Magazine, yet he still finds time in his crazy photog travel schedule to support what we’re doing on this trip. You’ll be seeing his daily trip photos on every blogger’s pages throughout the trip. I can’t wait to see what stories he captures throughout this experience. Thanks David for coming along with us!
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND HELP?
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- Why I Said “YES” To Food for the Hungry’s #fhbloggers Trip To Ethiopia (via @todaysletters)
- Join the #fhbloggers On a LIVE Twitter Chat July 12th While in Ethiopia & Win Local Goodies
- Thoughts and Shots – #fhbloggers ethiopia series (via @inspiredrd)
- On A Journey – #fhbloggers ethiopia series (via @alliworthington)
- The Personal Gifts of Sponsoring a Child – #fhbloggers ethiopia series (via @kristenhowerton)