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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plates of food in Mozambique

Thanks to the One True God

I haven’t seen too many situations where people beg to be allowed to give thanks.  But living overseas in South America, in the highlands of Bolivia, my Food for the Hungry office friends asked one year if we could celebrate a full American Thanksgiving dinner – for SIXTY people. Six-oh. Those of us of the […]

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Relief at the ends of the earth

We’ve prayed and sympathized with those who lost everything in Superstorm Sandy (and some of you reading this may have even been affected).  Living through a disaster is a hard experience.   Today I’d like to introduce you some people who have suffered through two earthquakes and landslides in China’s Yunnan Province.  The quakes, measuring […]

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Woman crocheting

Hands and feet, hands and feet

Ever had one of those days when you think, “Huh, maybe God is trying to say something to me?” I started my morning computer session with a message to a colleague in East Asia, who is helping FH respond to a disaster you probably didn’t know about.  I started the email with, “I’m glad to […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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Server with cables

What’s my source?

One of the best things about old friends is, they remind you how far you’ve come. I chatted with my long-time colleague Rick this morning about how communication has changed since we started international development work. We both remembered when letters took weeks to travel home, before e-mail and Skype were options. My mind went […]

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Colorful Guatemalan money with ledger

Freedom

It happened again today — FREEDOM! Believe it or not, an Excel spreadsheet made my day.  Each Saturday morning I enter the figures from the receipts I’ve gathered in my wallet all week, into a sheet that keeps my household budget. My spread sheet divides my spending into about twelve categories and each receipt finds […]

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God directs my home wooden plaque

God directs my home

As I grumbled today about the fact that my home was broken into recently,  and how I’ve struggled to feel safe again after the break-in, a little sign in my kitchen challenged my mindset. I traveled to Haiti in November 2010, ten months after the horrific earthquake physically and emotionally devastated millions.  We visited several […]

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Hope from the hills of Kapchorwa

Today I’m featuring guest blogger Alex Mwaura, Food for the Hungry’s Africa Regional Communications Coordinator. Alex writes to us about his thoughts after visiting Kapchorwa, Uganda just after the finish of the London Olympics. By Alex Mwaura When Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich won the marathon race in the London 2012 Olympics, many were amazed because his […]

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Woman working on a blanket with harvested rice

Women’s work

An astute reader of Food for the Hungry’s posts on Facebook asked a great question about our Labor Day photo album, featuring people around the world at work:  “As I look through these photos, I notice that a majority of them are about women. Are they just more photogenic or is this indicative of something […]

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Boy named Kassim next to wattle and daub house

Off the map

I’m reading some interview transcripts today from Uganda, full of names: place names, school names, business names, mountain names. The names have many syllables and a lot of vowels. It’s very confusing and they all sound very much alike. I’m thankful my colleague Alex, who did the interviews originally, took time to spell out some […]

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