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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My first (almost) Father’s Day

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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We are all in this together

Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was inspiring to see how people from around the world feel connected to the grief and pain of the victims. This highlights the God-given connection we have to our brothers and sisters “in their distress”.

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Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 2)

When I drove across the country from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2008 I knew two things for sure: That I was about to start a wild adventure Only God knew where this adventure was heading! My journey with Food for the Hungry (FH) began several months earlier when I volunteered as […]

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Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 1)

When I drove across the country from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2008 I knew two things for sure: That I was about to start a wild adventure Only God knew where this adventure was heading! My journey with Food for the Hungry (FH) began several months earlier when I volunteered as […]

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Peace and voting: Pray for Kenya

Please pray for peaceful elections in Kenya. Elections are only a means to both a moral and political end. We must pray that Kenya’s elections are conducted in peace. And that the culminating decisions of the nation, comprised of the millions of individual votes, cast by its own citizens, is a vote for the reign of peace.

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Which Downton Abbey character are you?

NOTE: The following post includes many references to the PBS Masterpiece Theater drama “Downton Abbey.”  I believe it is inevitable. Despite the plot twists and character turns of the period piece melodrama, I believe I can predict one thing about Downton Abbey: The character I dislike the most, will NOT die. Before you write me […]

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Why Les Miserables demands our attention

Though 150 years old, the story Les Miserables has been reborn for the 21st Century through film. But as David reflects on the story, he feels that it’s popularity is not only due in part to the quality of art. The story requires the audience to ask itself “What would I do?” in the face of injustice and poverty. It requires us to act.

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Do you hear what I hear?

Today, we are sacrificing the quality of our interactions, for quantity. But we must be good listeners if we want to End Poverty.

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A Millennial’s view on the fight against AIDS

Remember when people from around the world collaborated together on a massive quilt that completely covered The Mall in Washington DC? Remember when future Hall-of-Fame Basketball great, Magic Johnson, shocked the world by retiring early and revealing he was HIV-positive? For those of us that are considered Millenials (or Generation Y if you prefer), we’ve lived through a transformation. Arguably, one of the greatest societal shifts in perceptions and attitudes.

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VOTE: It’s a justice Issue

Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.

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