About Charith Norvelle

I’m the girl that laughs at the “writers” who sit behind their Macs at a pretentious coffee shop trying to find inspiration... and then I laugh harder because I’m one of them. A coffee obsessed photographer, in love with God, people, and travel... but where I’m from, thats not original at all. Planted in Portland, Oregon growing in Phoenix, Arizona. I joined Food for the Hungry in 2008 because I love people. Photographing them, learning and sharing their stories and helping you to touch, taste, and smell their world... don’t worry... the smell's not that bad.
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how gardens build community

Join me on a little venture down memory lane from a trip I took with Food for the Hungry (FH) to Indonesia in 2011. Riding on a tiny 12-seater plane, I had to put on sunglasses as we passed through clouds that swallowed up the plane and made everything bright. As we left the cloud behind, […]

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from “them” to “we”

As an American college student, it was pretty easy for me to fall into the the mindset of “they don’t know what they are missing out on, so they are happy with less.” Then I met Jamal. Jamal was the same age as me and loved all things American. His dirty clothes and borrowed bed told […]

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You never forget your first National Geographic moment.

You never forget your first National Geographic moment. Mine was in 2007… Rwanda. I was interning for Food for the Hungry (FH) as student photojournalist. A kid with a camera and sense of adventure – I knew nothing about poverty, FH or Africa. And there I was, in the middle of a war torn country, hearing stories of genocide […]

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What cripples us as a collective people is our desire for other people’s approval.

“It’s easy to be a ‘Christian’ inside the protective walls of a church, but can you maintain your beliefs and actions once you step outside the door?” The pastors words hit me hard. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before, I think I have actually taught part of this lesson as part of a Biblical Worldview […]

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Does the media you engage in and fill your time with line up with the Gospel you believe in?

I’ve been on my own personal mission lately to find quality Christian music that I can enjoy…. if your like me, you may be laughing at the impossibility of this concept. Quality Christian music? Okay, maybe I’m the only glass half empty hater out there, but I’ve had a hard time digesting the canned overly […]

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we all need love

It’s true. We do all need love. And sometimes this need, gone unfulfilled, leads us to search for it in places that leave our hearts feeling like the victim of a back-alley mugging.  Sadly – there is boundless love waiting for each of us, if we’d only learn that we don’t have to earn it. […]

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mirror mirror on the wall… what brokenness do you see?

When you think about poverty through this lens of broken relationships… does it change your view? Stop picturing children in torn clothing in huts in Africa and start envisioning business men, your neighbor, yourself. Hold up a mirror and look poverty in the face.

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statistics can be alarming

Do you feel crushed under the weight of that statement? Statistics can be alarming. But much like the alarm that wakes you up in the morning – it might make you move initially – but you won’t think about it until you hear it again tomorrow. And for a moment we might drop our jaws […]

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Poiema … God’s Workmanship

The early church taught about two types of lives: the Perfect life and the Permitted life. The spiritual and the secular. The Perfect life allows for reflection in place of work (monks, priests, nuns, anyone who does nothing but sit around and think holy thoughts, etc). The Permitted life requires labor. These people (the laborers) […]

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how to stay grounded in a world of marketing influence

Without God as our foundation we can be easily manipulated by our environment and our culture. I find myself carrying around my android phone with iphone envy… a true victim of marketing manipulation. Don’t judge me – I know you’ve done it. Ever caught yourself purchasing something or doing something only to realize you never […]

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