About Heidi Heinrich

Heidi Heinrich, church relationship manager for Food for the Hungry's community-to-community (C2C) program, got her start with Food for the Hungry as a volunteer. She began promoting child sponsorship after being incredibly moved to "just do something" about the poverty she had seen while serving internationally on a team. A mother of two adult children who are pursuing their life's work in serving the poor, Heidi attributes their passion to the impression made through child sponsorship. "It has been a journey." she says, "It all began by sponsoring a child in Bangladesh that led to serving on a team. I am very grateful for the experiences God has given me through sponsorship." She also enjoys art and music, and she is finishing her degree in Human Development through Hope International University.
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Equality for Women is …

I have been given the freedom to use my voice.  It’s a unique freedom, when considering the rest of the world. As a woman, I use my voice to rally the cause of other women who don’t  have the right to speak up against injustice. While there is much to celebrate in the way of […]

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Be Near God’s Heart

Do you ever wonder why you route for the under-dog?  There is something in us that wants people – with the odds stacked against them – to win. I believe that is the image of God expressing Himself through us. People with odds stacked against them are near to God’s heart; the poor, the oppressed, […]

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A Life-Giving Child

It was shortly after Sunday service in Iberica, Philippines, when a woman approached me to tell me that she was Bob’s grandmother.  At the time, I wasn’t sure who Bob was, but she was excited to tell me about him. Bob was a Food for the Hungry (FH) sponsored child, who had learned about Jesus […]

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Philippines: Church Celebrates Christmas

It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise they were celebrating Christmas in full force! Decorated trees were everywhere and some of our favorite holiday jingles played on the radio. It was a dichotomy for my brain… in light of the recent typhoon, how can people be so […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Starts Rebuilding Life

At 5:30 a.m. on November 8, Typhoon Haiyan took out entire towns, like Basey in the Philippines. Filipinos living this community describe the waves as an “anaconda eating the city.” The waves came in three times—the final being the deadliest. Now, Basey homes lay in piles of rubble along the streets. Layo Mateo, a typhoon […]

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Why I am passionate about sponsoring children

What do teenagers (ages 13 to 18) living in the United States have in common with teenagers in the developing world?  Hunger. While a Bangladeshi teenager, age 13, feels the hunger of being loved by her older husband, an American teen wonders if she is thin enough to be considered pretty. As our daughters contemplate […]

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Children: Give them freedom from poverty

America is celebrating the Fourth of July to remember the gift of freedom. I find myself thinking of ways to celebrate the freedoms I enjoy. And not just freedoms of speech or religion, but a life of without the oppression of poverty. A great way to celebrate our freedom is to teach our children about […]

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Welcoming refugees to our cities

After my second trip with Food for the Hungry (FH) to Uganda in 2007, I came home with a distinct feeling that I was suppose to work with the refugee population in Phoenix. I felt compelled to do something to help vulnerable people here when I wasn’t traveling to foreign countries for work. To quote […]

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She couldn’t hear her mother’s voice

She was a frail, young woman who was 22 when I met her. I can’t imagine how her small frame could possibly have given birth at the age of 12. Her story changed me for life.

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Thirsting for clean and living water

After waiting for her turn in line, 13-year-old Aleme lifts her jerricans.  Strapped with 40 pounds of water on her shoulders, she makes the long journey home uphill.  The water has to last the family until tomorrow, when Aleme will make the journey back down the hill, wait in line, gather her water and hike […]

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