About David Curtis

David 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!
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David Curtis with Food for the Hungry in a flood zone

Kayla Mueller: The Alternative Narrative for the Millennial Generation

Kayla Mueller’s death is by all means a human tragedy. The story of this 26-year-old woman, devoting her life to helping others in far away places is not supposed to end with her tragic death in the custody of terrorists. It’s not supposed to end with candle vigils and prayer services. And thankfully, that is […]

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What Is “Success” In the Fight To End Poverty?

One month into a new year! How are you doing on your resolutions? Making progress towards your goals? To me the first month of the year is always full of adrenaline. Boldly making changes or commitments to ensure we meet our new goals. Doing our best to arrange our lives to set ourselves up for […]

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My One Year Old and Ebola: It’s all about Preparation and Prevention

My daughter turned one year old the other day! It’s been an incredible experience to be a daddy and I am so thankful for the gift that she is to my wife and me. But as many parents know, you learn a lot about yourself and the important things in life as you try to […]

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It is Better to Have Had a Roof and Sprung a Leak Than to Never Have Had a Roof At All

Obvious? Yes. Melodramatic? Maybe. True? Absolutely. How often do you give thanks for the roof above your head? Do you take for granted that it won’t leak when it rains? Living in Phoenix, Arizona, one might think that rain damage is one of the last things a homeowner needs to worry about. However, my experience […]

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Don’t Ignore the Sadness, Blessed are the Peacemakers

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke Let’s be honest, it has been a rough summer with lots of sadness. The airwaves, newspapers and social media feeds have been filled with tragic and depressing stories. So much so that it seems easiest to […]

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The World Cup Effect: Hope Through a Level Playing Field

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. There is nothing like it in the world of sports. Thirty-two countries. Six continents. One sport. When it comes to global popularity, not even the Olympics match the fervor and fame of the World Cup. It is truly global in representation, viewership and scale. Every four years […]

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FH Draft Picks: Top 5 for Fighting Poverty

I am admittedly a huge fan of the National Football League (NFL). The New England Patriots are like family members to me. But strangely enough, the most exciting time of year for me as a football fan is not during the season … it’s now! On May 8, the NFL draft will captivate the imaginations […]

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Leadership of Global Countenance

In Kenya, the dust from our Land Rovers had just settled when a group of nomadic pastoralists approached us. I was with some of Food for the Hungry’s (FH) board members to see FH’s work in the field. Ken Wathome, FH board member,  asked the group about their life. He thanked them for their dedication […]

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The End of Global Worming

No, that is not a typo. And yes, you will want to hear how the end of “global worming” is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring hope to the most vulnerable. Let’s start off with a short lesson on what I’m referring to as “global worming.” No, this is not a sci-fi conspiracy […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Gentleness

Gentleness. There is not a more poignant illustration of the discipline of being gentle than holding a newborn baby. Do you remember what it feels like? First, you look adoringly at the beautiful child as she lays. Then you contemplate the best way to slide your hands underneath her, and you ever so gently lift […]

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