About Karen Randau

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen uses her blog posts to put into action her passion for helping people be all that God intended them to be. She is able to do this through her role in the Food for the Hungry communications department of the Global Service Center in Phoenix in two ways. First, she helps people understand the plight faced by impoverished people in developing nations. Second, she brings light to the successful ways Food for the Hungry is helping people.
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Desperate Children Immigrating Alone

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer cried foul when hundreds of unaccompanied children were dropped off at the bus station in Phoenix in June, bringing national attention to a growing illegal immigration issue. According to numerous news reports, these children hailed primarily from Central America – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They, along with at least 47,000 […]

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You Can Help Girls Like the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

U.S. law enforcement and military advisors arrived in Nigeria on Friday, May 11. Their mission: Help to find and rescue more than 200 Nigerian girls who the Islamist terror group Boko Haram (meaning “Western Education is Forbidden”) had herded from their beds at a boarding school in April. The group’s leader, Abubaka Shekau, said in […]

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Child Malnutrition Impacts a Nation’s GDP

Carolyn Wetzel Chen, Chief Grants Officer at Food for the Hungry (FH), told a congressional subcommittee in March that, “The period of time from a start of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday lays the foundation for a child’s lifelong health, cognitive development and future potential.” She went on to say that under […]

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A Little Savings, Saves Many

Did you ever think that an individual’s effort to save as little as 15 cents per week could revolutionize a community? That’s what’s happening in Bangladesh, through the Kornofuli  savings group that Food for the Hungry (FH) sponsors. According to the World Bank, 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have a bank account. As a […]

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Super Bowl Sting Sheds Light on Sex Trafficking Issue

The FBI announced on February 4 that they arrested 45 people and rescued 16 juveniles (ages 13 to 17) from sex trafficking in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area during the two weeks leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl. This sting was merely the tip of a huge iceberg, […]

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Ending Violence to End Poverty

I’ve been reading an interesting book by Gary A. Haugen with Victor Boutros. It’s called “The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence,” and it presents heartbreaking stories and statistics showing the devastating impact of everyday violence in the lives of the global poor. The authors declare that, “Beneath the […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faith

How fitting that the first post in our 12 Days of Christmas series is about faith. It’s what the Baby Jesus represented: fulfillment of the Jews’ faith that a Messiah was coming. I read about a Christian woman who was so heavily burdened that she questioned her faith. She commented to her Jewish high school students that […]

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The Gift of Independence

My grandfather was a farmer in the United States. My sister and I enjoyed many summers on his arid Colorado acreage. As a farmer, he had a lot of independence. Grandpa pretended to need our help raising his corn and beats. He attached a seat for each of us on the fenders of his John […]

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The Dichotomy of Food Addiction and Hunger

With World Food Day less than a week away—on October 16—I’ve been pondering some interesting statistics. Food is an issue both in the United States and in developing countries. Consider the following. There are 70 million food-addicted adults in the United States, according to the food and health reporting project of the University of California […]

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Syrian Refugee Boys

You can help Syrians

These are troubling times in the neighborhood. As my friend left for Israel yesterday, she felt tense about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warning America to “expect everything” if the U.S. attacked Syria for its use of chemical weapons. A lot of people are feeling tense. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday that […]

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