About Barry Gardner

Barry Gardner is the Chief Financial Officer at FH. He joined FH in 2010 after a 20 year career as a financial consultant to non-profit organizations. He and his wife Susan live in Phoenix, where Barry enjoys year-round cycling weather.
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Bridges to Understanding

I hurt my foot the other day. It wasn’t serious, but it caused me to limp. I didn’t want to limp. I didn’t want the attention or the inevitable questions. After a while, I mostly forgot about the limp, unless someone noticed and asked. Even when I was walking as “normally” as I could, my […]

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Weather or Not

This week, as much as three feet of snow dumped on parts of the United States! In May! I emailed friends who were affected. As expected, they all found ways of coping with this late season blizzard. We do that in North America, utilizing money and machinery to mow down obstacles, man-made or natural. The […]

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Seeing Romans 8 on Mission Trips

Circumstances and experiences – like mission trips – mold us. Other influences are our behavior, education, and genetics – all creating our personality—but the circumstances of our lives really send lessons home in our hearts and minds. I recently learned again how the work at FH ministers to others. I was sitting in church last […]

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Surviving Disasters, Making the Right Moves

I checked off a box on my bucket list over Christmas. I skydived out of a perfectly good airplane…with an instructor. He pulled the ripcord, a good thing for both of us in avoiding a disaster. Safely on the ground, I reflected on the experience. Crazily, I thought it had lessons applicable to Food for […]

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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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Generosity: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” If examination makes life worthwhile, accountants are happy people. This week, our external auditors are scrutinizing Food for the Hungry’s (FH) financial accounts. They go over every detail of our records ensuring that we properly recorded the year’s transactions. As our fiscal year ended in September, […]

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Experience for Saving Lives

I like learning. I’m happiest working on a new skill. This weekend, it was masonry. I built an outdoor kitchen for my backyard. After the skeleton was built, I sheathed the exterior in cement board. Then, it was time to apply stucco. In the Southwest, where I live, stucco is the most common exterior surface […]

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Eternal relief work

The United States went on full security alert this week, shutting down embassies around the world this past Sunday. Intercepted communications from terrorists indicated planned attacks on United States and other country targets. Some work furloughs will be extended even further, depending on the threat. It’s prudent, of course, to limit the damage to people […]

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Sponsoring a child: Little things add up

About 15 years ago, I got my private pilot license. I had no particular purpose for learning to fly but always like learning new things. If it involves going fast and making loud noises, that’s even better. So I followed the story of Asiana Airlines’ recent crash in San Francisco with great interest: How could […]

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Party in Belo: How child sponsorship succeeds

I recently visited one of our remote field locations in Ethiopia. It was a celebration, really. After 13 years working in the community of Belo with our child sponsorship program, Food for the Hungry (FH) evaluated that people of Belo were no longer living in extreme poverty. New standards for health and education had been […]

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