It seems that every so often, someone rises above the cultural and political fog of his time and speaks truth in a way that captivates and compels towards the betterment of humanity. For those of us on this planet today, Nelson Mandela was that man. Most known for persevering through 27 years of imprisonment and [...]
About David CurtisDavid is passionate about two things: Walking with the poor, and the New England Patriots. His interest in understanding and advocating for the poor began while spending the summer in rural South Africa, where he worked alongside a fellow 19 year old at an orphanage. The juxtaposition of life as a privileged American, with that of a determined yet struggling friend and peer from the Global South, began the trajectory of a calling to walk with the poor. Since then he has spent time working in South Africa, Indonesia and Haiti. David graduated from Calvin College as a Social Studies Teacher, combining a passion to teach with that of learning. A potent combination that strives to bring "Mutual Transformation" to the world. Go Pats!
Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.
I heard on the news that on average over 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. That explains why when word that Super Typhoon Haiyan was on a crash-course with the Asian archipelago, my initial reaction was “Not again!” Of course, this time is different. Typhoon Haiyan (the Filipinos call it Yolanda) is possibly the [...]
My wife and I are days away from the arrival of our first child. It’s a crazy time when you know that you are on the edge of such a life-changing experience. The end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another. It is both exciting and nerve-racking … but ultimately… it’s just [...]
Confession: I am an optimist. I feel stronger when I’m positive. When asked what kind of animal best defines my personality, I answer…Golden Retriever. The glass is always half full. And in college, I was dubbed “sunshine” for my best-case-scenario outlooks that matched my abnormally blonde mane and glowing complexion. But I’m also a product [...]
The tragic terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is yet another reminder of the evil that permeates our world. Yet, it is another reason for why our resolve toward grace and compassion must be stronger. History has shown that some of the greatest battles against evil and injustice have been won through the [...]
Crayons, notebooks, backpacks… oh my! The beginning of the school year is always ripe with different emotions. Excitement for the year ahead. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. Anticipation for all that will be learned. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. I guess you can tell what my emotions typically were when starting [...]
Whether or not you own a “magical piece of glass” (as Apple likes to refer to it) such as an iPhone or an iPad, you might be familiar with the products and why people like them. What if I told you that just as Apple is to the electronics industry, Food for the Hungry (FH) [...]
Overwhelmed by preparing for his first child, FH blogger David Curtis contemplates what choices are important, and which choices are excessive.
That’s right! Life will never be the same. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of October, and already I am plagued with a consistent anxiety about how best to prepare for fatherhood. Inevitably, I have spent the last couple of months thinking about the fathers in my life. While [...]
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