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Burundi: A Boy’s Generosity

It was a particularly cheery day for millions of people in Burundi. The air was festive as pregnant women, new mothers and young children made the long trek from their homes to the clinics. It was the last day of Burundi’s national health campaign, a yearly project initiated by the country’s Ministry of Health and […]

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You’re Doing Mission Work

When I became a follower of Jesus, I learned God’s truth at the feet of many American missionaries. I am deeply indebted to their sacrifice and generosity. However, as a youth, I was skeptical of mission work. I couldn’t understand why complete strangers would do good things for me and my family – sometimes even […]

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Heels of Inspiration

When you go on a mission trip with Food for the Hungry (FH) to any of the countries it serves, you’ll be advised to wear comfortable shoes to participate in projects of inspiration. Once in the field, you’ll be doing a lot of walking – perhaps on rocky roads, flooded streets, even slippery slopes. You’ll […]

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Former Sponsored Child on a Mission

Whenever I go on a mission trip with Food for the Hungry (FH), most of the people I meet are surprised to learn that I live in America. When I say I’m a U.S. citizen, they chuckle or give me a confused look. I can understand why. I grew up in a small city in […]

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Unity in the Church

I’ve truly been growing in my love of the Church. I don’t mean ‘church’ in the traditional sense that a single congregation meets in a building together on a Sunday. I mean the Church, in its many facets; Protestant, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox. These beautiful groups of people are collectively Christ’s bride and gather together cross-culturally, […]

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Education and Happy Endings

I love happy endings. It’s why I judge a book by its last two pages. And it’s the reason I’m emotionally attached to the stories I came to know through Food for the Hungry (FH). As a young girl growing up with very little resources in the Philippines, all I wanted was to be in […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is a defining character that God always looks for in His people. Knowing this helps me take periodic stops from the busyness of life and ask myself these questions: Does God find me faithful? Do I have the kind of faith that pleases Him? Can God trust me with His mission? I can get […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Goodness

Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that I see in bloom especially during the Christmas season. Motorists seem friendlier. Shoppers try to be more patient. And store cashiers, though visibly tired, have ready smiles. Similarly, I am more prone to give and be sensitive to those in need around this time of the year. […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Patience

Like millions of people, I love to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, it also can be a very stressful time of the year. Patience – loads of it – is what I need, so I don’t lose my joy in this happiest season of all. I find that many of the things that test my patience are […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Perseverance

Perseverance is a mark of a Spirit-filled life. It should be evident in how we as believers manage our daily affairs. Yet, we often lose it in a world that demands comfort, convenience and compromise. Just the other day, as I was shopping for some Christmas gifts, I gave in to the lure of buying […]

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