About Holly Martinez

Holly Martinez connects children from Food for the Hungry's child sponsorship program to caring sponsors like you . Her blog will give you a glimpse of the impact your sponsorship makes in the communities we serve. Holly loves adventuring with her husband and their puppy, sleeping in, learning and creating.
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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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Elizabeth met her

Overseas Sister: Meeting Mom’s Sponsored Child

Elizabeth’s mother sponsored a girl in Peru named Veronica for the last 10 years. Elizabeth and Veronica were close in age. They enjoyed writing letters back and forth. They became like “sponsored sisters” over time. Elizabeth looked at photos of her mom’s sponsored child, but never thought she’d see Veronica face-to-face. Her world changed when […]

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An old-fashioned clock

How should you spend your time?

One of the wisest pieces of advice I’ve ever heard was said recently by a pastor at my church, when he was giving a talk for our community of 20-somethings. He was addressing when you feel like you’re running on “empty” most of the time, and the need to intentionally spend your time on the […]

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Kenifer hard at work in class

Where the education system stops…we start

This year, we will send our kids to school expecting them to learn. If they struggle or fall behind in class, we expect them to ask for help. We also expect our children’s teachers to notice their difficulties and assist them. Sometimes a student just needs a little extra support. Thankfully, most U.S. schools offer […]

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Juana Cristina receives dental treatment

Dental care gets child out of pain and back in school

I hadn’t been to the dentist in two years. I finally made an appointment, but was really nervous about what issues might be discovered. Of course, I brushed my teeth regularly. But I often forgot to floss. Up until recently, I was a good dental patient who paid a biannual visit to get my teeth […]

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Tadelech and four of her children sit outside their home.

What if you had six children and no food?

Can you imagine if you had six children and couldn’t afford to feed them all? What expenses would you cut back on? Would you decide to provide for some children and not the others? For many of us, if we faced this dire situation, we might survive by buying cheaper groceries, canceling our cable service, […]

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Guyo plants flowers at the church compound. He is pictured here with FH staff member Mary.

How a child used gardening to serve his community

When God created us, He gave us the freedom and ability to rule over everything else he created — plants, land, animals and organisms. But I have heard people interpret this blessing a variety of ways. Does it mean His creation is at our disposal, to use as we please? Or is it a call to care for living things and steward our natural resources well?

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Karla holding her graduation keepsake

Sponsored child writes inspiring letter to sponsor

Graduation season is nearly here! It’s time for so many of us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of ourselves or our loved ones, as one chapter closes and another begins. I fondly remember graduating high school six years ago. I began to excitedly prepare for my big move to the university two hours from […]

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Mosquito: The world's deadliest insect

The world’s deadliest insect

Mosquitoes. We all hate them. We hate that momentary sting when one of them gets us. We hate the itchy, red bumps they cover our legs and arms with. We hate that they are so tough to catch, and that when we do smash one, that bloodsucker’s meal splatters all over our hands. Gross, yes. […]

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Liliwen and friends

How sponsorship saved a family in the wake of disaster

If you were a female living in Bangladesh, you would face a multitude of troubles such as vulnerability and discrimination. If you happened to also be of a low caste, an ethnic minority and a poor family, your challenges would severely increase. And when a cyclone wreaked havoc on your community, destroying the few resources you had — you would be devastated. Find out how Food for the Hungry brought hope in these circumstances.

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