About Beth Allen

I'm a self-professed sustainable development geek who would have a very hard time picking a favorite country. That means, I love every tribe and nation and take great joy in seeing how God is working in the world. I've been with FH for nearly two decades, and started out by serving with them in the Bolivian Andes. I can't live without Jesus and coffee, but the coffee is mostly decaf so the power is from Jesus.
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Syrian Refugee Voices

Understanding how Syrian refugees live is daunting. We don’t recognize their names, we don’t know the players, we can’t picture the places on the map. A recent assessment from Food for the Hungry’s (FH) partner in Lebanon, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), in collaboration with the international children’s charity Viva, paints […]

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Beyond the T-shirt for a Congolese Mom

When Freddy Kitwa, my colleague from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sent me a story this week – he included one of those small details about a young mom that made the story spring to life. Freddy detailed the story of Mande, a 32-year-old mother of three children (Jean, age 11; Kisimba, age seven; and […]

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Providing a Helping Hen in Bolivia

I have six eggs (and bacon) in my refrigerator right now, representing a quiche Lorraine in my near future. But to a family in Bolivia, eggs mean much more. Eggs are a great source of protein, so children can grow taller and stronger. Eggs mean they won’t be too tired to pay attention in school, […]

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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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What’s the Root of Your Resolutions?

(Photo by Wicker Furniture) Like many of you, I’ll step on a scale on Jan. 2, 2014, and think, “OK. Its back to leafy greens and carrots for you!” Then, I’ll make a resolution to change my wayward eating habits. And while I’m at it, I’ll look at my monthly budget and adjust it to save […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” Thus starts one of my favorite Christmas carols, partly because if you sing alto like me, it’s got a great harmony line. But I also love the theology in the carol, which resonates with the joy that comes from reconciliation. “Let every heart prepare him room/And heaven […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: Child Friendly Spaces

Where do children play after their community is demolished? Many children venture out among the rubble, looking for something to do. Schools are closed. Homes are make-shift shelters. They face physical dangers and can be vulnerable to abuse and trafficking. Food for the Hungry (FH ) is creating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the Philippines, […]

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World Food Day: Changing the Hunger Numbers in Ethiopia

This World Food Day, I was reading through Food for the Hungry’s (FH) stories. My attention kept gravitating to the numbers. This story about Habtam, a woman in Ethiopia is no different: 3 = Number of children 1 = Age of youngest baby 1 = Additional family member Habtam is supporting – in this case, […]

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A thank-you message from South Sudan

When Food for the Hungry staff in South Sudan announced Chol Long Luak’s name as recipient of life-saving seeds and farm tools, the first thing the 45-year-old mother of 11 said in Arabic was, “šukran gazīlan, FH!” (“Thank you very much, FH!”) Those heart-felt words resounded throughout Chol’s isolated community, Toch Payam, which FH staff […]

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Water system opens door to new hope

In Olivero,  Dominican Republic, a water system changed the lives of the people living there. It might seem strange, but it caused relationships to happen that otherwise would have not. It also made dreams come true. Such was true for Josefina, a widow in her late 50s and the mother of 10 children. When Josefina’s […]

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