About Joshua Kienzle

Redeemed by grace and always the optimist, Josh loves to savor the simple things of each day. While we wait and watch for the extraordinary, amazing people and events are passing before us all the time. Traveling through 38 countries has taught Josh to keep his eyes open; you never know when something special is about to happen. Josh and his beautiful wife Carrisa have two children, Caleb and Evangeline, and love the adventure of parenting. Always a student, Josh is currently continuing his studies at Phoenix Seminary.
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12 Days of Christmas: Humility

There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges. One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility. On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them […]

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Christmas Shopping: Good or Bad Idea?

The excitement of Christmas is filling the crisp autumn air! Decorations are slowly emerging from the attic. People everywhere are trying to remember, “How exactly did I get these lights on the roof last year?” Starbucks is serving their holiday drinks, including the infamous pumpkin spice latte! Christians all over the world are anticipating the […]

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Agricultural projects in Mozambique

World Food Day Celebrated with Thanks

Nebraska. Growing up in rural Nebraska, I was literally surrounded by food.  Fields of golden corn, soybeans, wheat and grains lined the highways.  Roll down the window of your car and you’ll likely be greeted by the gritty smells of grazing cattle and squirming piglets.  Yet, even with these “caloric” surroundings, I never really thought […]

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The necessary work of love

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”  1 Corinthians 13:3, The Message There are passages of Scripture […]

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Transformation through listening

You walk to your neighbor’s house and ask for a cup of milk to complete your dinner recipe.  Instead of receiving a cold glass of 2 percent, they hand you a gift card to Best Buy and close the door. While the gift card is certainly a nice gesture, it doesn’t help you complete the […]

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Sponsor Letter

3 ways to give your sponsored child confidence

There are many ways to change a child’s life for the better. But when you sponsor a child, you participate in and encourage a child to develop in challenging circumstances. Here are three simple, bold and slightly radical ways you can help influence your sponsored child’s confidence and hope: 1. Where regular mail matters Okay, […]

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Team Visit to Africa

Short-term teams: 5 ways to give support from home

The transition into summer means baseball, barbeques and sunburns. However, for a growing number of people, the summer months are synonymous with short-term mission trips. On any given Saturday, the major airports are filled with adventurous and compassionate people. These travelers creatively raised resources to travel thousands of miles to serve the vulnerable and once […]

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3 ways that development work is discipleship in disguise

In my frequent conversations with pastors, we often find ourselves stuck at the question of “so, what exactly is development?”  Rather than starting from scratch, I love to begin with a more familiar term: discipleship. While the words are not synonymous, there are some strong connections between the two concepts.  The ministry of Food for […]

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The cross . . . our unstoppable guarantee (Part 2)

In the cross, Jesus gives us something that cannot be stolen by thieves, diminished by oppression or destroyed by natural calamity. As FH cares for impoverished communities, we cannot control the circumstances of hostile nations and groaning creation. However, we can lean completely on the unstoppable message of the cross and power of the Gospel to change lives and communities.

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The cross . . . fuel for the long haul (Part 1)

Fuel.  It is one of the most important components of life. It provided the former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez with the resources to fund his governmental agenda.  It is at the center of the political debate of whether to construct a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Fuel shortages have provoked global conflicts.  […]

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