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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Tree seedlings in Haiti

Paul planted, Apollos watered, God made it grow

  “I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”  I Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I traveled along dusty roads in Haiti two weeks ago, through parched fields thirsty for life-giving rain. As we journeyed, I saw farmers plowing furrows in their fields in hope that seasonal rains would begin soon. Where […]

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Life in Haiti this week

One of the joys of working for an international organization like Food for the Hungry (FH) is that I read constantly about places I’ve never visited.   They come alive for me via reports, proposals and e-mails from distant colleagues. Yesterday I visited a place that has a special place in my heart, called Lespinasse.  It’s […]

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sock being made on double pointed knitting needles

Farmers inspire me to knit my socks

In August 2012, I became a great-aunt for the first time. I have always been a good aunt — just ask my niece — but when my dear niece had twin boys, I graduated to GREAT aunt. I grew up with a plethora of great aunts. Like all good Northern farm girls, they could knit up […]

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River in Shashego

Bridging the gap, saving lives

I honestly don’t know how many bridges I crossed this morning on the way to work. I drive on a freeway that crosses over myriad side streets, and navigates a pass through the Phoenix North Mountain nature preserve.  I don’t even think about the steel and concrete that take me 16 miles to work and […]

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What’s in your toolbox?

I rode into work this morning with my friend Charith, and we talked about a mutual friend working in China. Our friend observed that an uncommon number of Chinese seem to be wearing glasses. Charith asked, “Why do you think so many people have bad eyes?” Community development professionals observe and ask these questions all the time. As a former community […]

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Girl with notebook

From foolish child to wise child

  It’s amazing how one kid’s actions can upset an entire community. And thankfully, it’s amazing how one little event can change that kid’s life. Indy, a thirteen-year-old girl, lives in Olivero, a small town in the Dominican Republic.  Life was hard for Indy from the very start; her mom and dad separated before she […]

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Kids and Santa in conga line

…and a partridge in a pear tree

Food for the Hungry is celebrating Christmas all over the world. In Phoenix, Ariz., our Food for the Hungry Christmas party included a rousing rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which required 60 staff people to act out all 12 of the gifts.  We scarfed down delicious  food,  then chose from a whole range of desserts […]

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Hallelujah!

Like many musicians, I opened December with a black tie music performance of Handel’s Messiah. It’s a tradition in many churches — and a tradition for me — to  attend at least one Messiah performance in December. This year, though, I joined the choir instead of just listening. Somewhere in the midst of a rehearsal, our wonderful […]

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Advent wreath with lit candles

I’ll be home for Christmas….or maybe not.

Christmas music is a huge part of my holiday experience. I have been singing in choirs since I was eight years old. I don’t have a solo voice, but I can hold my own in a chorus. Last night, I joined about fifty others and a small orchestra to perform the beloved holiday classic, Handel’s Messiah. Being surrounded […]

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Woman and men consulting distribution list

Protecting women, children from disaster in DR Congo

Women and children — particularly women WITH young children — are among the most vulnerable people when disaster strikes.  It’s a problem at the top of our list and for our staff working with the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recent developments in the country’s long-standing war have sent tens of […]

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