Archive | January, 2014

How Mission Trips Contribute to Development

We recently updated our team training manual, which mission teams study before they go on trips with Food for the Hungry (FH). The manual answers questions like, “What can I expect on a mission trip?” and “What should I pack?” We also go much deeper with answers to questions like, “What causes poverty?” and “How […]

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The Red Zone: Child Hunger

In combatting child hunger, the red zone of a MUAC band tells health workers that a child needs help. Food for the Hungry (FH) care group leaders wrap the band around a child’s arm—if it shows red, the child is underweight. It’s a fast and easy way to get critical information and show parents proof […]

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The End of Global Worming

No, that is not a typo. And yes, you will want to hear how the end of “global worming” is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring hope to the most vulnerable. Let’s start off with a short lesson on what I’m referring to as “global worming.” No, this is not a sci-fi conspiracy […]

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Cease Fire in South Sudan

Food for the Hungry (FH) and 54 major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations.  The recent cease fire signing in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan government and opposition forces is a hopeful sign for NGOs to continue working. With at least three aid workers killed […]

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Biblical Holism

Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity. What practical value is there in knowing this? In the late 1960s a noted secular author and journalist, Arthur Koestler, coined the word “holon” which, like holism, comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning “whole.” A holon is simultaneously a whole and a […]

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Ethiopia’s Generation of Orphans

Around 1 million Ethiopian children share the experience of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. If it’s hard for you to get your head around that number, try one in eight Ethiopian children are making their way in the world without parents – a generation growing up as orphans. I recently read a New […]

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South Sudan: Staying During Conflict

  In the capital city of Juba, violence has greatly subsided. However, in many of the rural areas, the fighting continues. These are the areas where FH has worked. Since 2001, FH has worked in South Sudan to improve education, water and sanitation, hygiene education, and local agriculture. Many relief and development organizations called non-government […]

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A Life-Giving Child

It was shortly after Sunday service in Iberica, Philippines, when a woman approached me to tell me that she was Bob’s grandmother.  At the time, I wasn’t sure who Bob was, but she was excited to tell me about him. Bob was a Food for the Hungry (FH) sponsored child, who had learned about Jesus […]

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Tips for Planning Mission Trips

Many church leaders know the importance that mission trips play in teaching their congregation about poverty.  So that your missions trip can go smoothly and have great impact, here are a few important tips that many pastors forget to consider when planning mission trips.   When picking the place and organization for your mission trip, […]

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Helping Children Dream Big

Once upon a time, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. My childhood was filled with the wonder of the “race to the moon” years.  I have vivid memories of watching the grainy telecasts from the space capsules and the lunar surface. When I was about 11, I won an award in […]

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