Why I Said “YES” To Food for the Hungry’s #fhbloggers Trip To Ethiopia (via @todaysletters)

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 just recently got back from a trip from Uganda with their 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 their blog. Thanks Emily for your time and thanks to Tim for letting her come with us. You’re an amazing and inspiring couple!

Take a look at Emily & Tim’s post below …..


Most of you know that Tim and I got to speak at a leadership conference in Uganda back in March. It was an amazing experience. So why go back to Africa just four months & no vacation time later? Easy.

There simply isn’t an organization I trust more than Food for The Hungry. They’ve been around for over 40 years, work in 26 different countries, and have almost 50,000 kids in their child sponsorship program.

They also operate under a 12 year exit strategy, which means you won’t find $20K worth of rusty tractors sitting in empty fields because communities are uninformed on how to use or repair them.

Steve Corbett, co-author of one of my favorite books is also a former Food for The Hungry director. {If you haven’t read When Helping Hurts, be sure and add it to your list! It’s an AMAZING book}.

I’ll be traveling to Ethiopia July 9th-16th with bloggers Daniel White, Alece Ronzino, Alli Worthington, Alysa Bajenaru, Kristen Howerton, Lindsey Nobels, and photographer David Molnar. {Holy shiz, these people are amazing. Like for real}.

We’ll be visiting different schools, libraries, water wells, and child-headed households currently
receiving relief, rehabilitation, and restoration from Food for the Hungry, as well as blogging about our trip each day. We’ll also be hosting a LIVE Twitter chat on July 12th so be sure and mark your calendars!

A sweet friend recently asked what I’m most looking forward to about being in Ethiopia. Without hesitation I said meeting our sponsored kiddo. Moti is 9 years old, in the 2nd grade, and his favorite subject is science. Can’t wait to wrap my arms around this dude and tell him how brave he is. It truly is amazing the life change that can happen between two people while exchanging letters over oceans. Those kids look forward to letters from their adoptive families more than anything else, including the food, clothing, and education they receive. A great reminder that there are many things that can change a life …

I remember Katie Davis once saying that caring for the poor can often feel like “emptying the ocean with an eyedropper… just when you have about half a cup full of water, it rains.” I know it may not seem significant to sponsor just one child in a village of many, but I can tell you firsthand that it’s worth it. If you’re at all interested in learning more about child sponsorship feel free to click on the FH banner on our sidebar. May we not grow weary in doing good as we seek to be faithful to provide for those in need!

Much love,





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Trying to make a difference in the world by being a great father, husband, friend, outdoorsman & triathlete - Artist Relations guy www.fh.org

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