About Wendy McMahan

Wendy McMahan is grateful for her front row seat in watching God “reconcile all things to Himself.” (Colossians 1:20) She still can’t believe that she gets to participate in His story every day. Wendy and her husband are proud parents to two daughters and have been foster parents to children of all ages. Wendy serves as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry. She hosts the Poverty Unlocked podcast.
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“Meet the President” Call with Church Leaders

“Any organization or church needs to not simply ask, ‘What do we want to accomplish?’ but first and foremost they must ask, ‘What is God doing at this time in history?’” – Gary Edmonds Gary Edmonds, President and CEO of Food for the Hungry (FH) shared his vision via conference call with a group of […]

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Conference for Church Leaders – Best Practices in Mission Partnerships

Has your church considered a missional partnership with a community overseas? You probably have questions about choosing a partner, ensuring financial accountability, getting your congregation involved beyond mission trips, and more. Join our one-day pre-conference, “Church Partnerships with Impact: Best Practices for Congregations Engaging with Global Poverty.” This one-day event will be held on Wednesday, […]

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An Inconvenience or a Sign of Privilege?

On Monday morning, a surprise was waiting for my family in the kitchen. We heard unusual creaking sounds when we walked near the kitchen sink. Upon closer inspection, we noticed signs of water damage. Sure enough, when we looked under the kitchen sink, we discovered a water leak that had soaked cabinets, a wall, and […]

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Pastors Journey to the Mountains of Guatemala

Later this month, seven pastors will visit the work of Food for the Hungry (FH) in Guatemala. I sat down with Ryan Horn, the church representative at FH who is accompanying the group, to ask him about the trip. The purpose of the Guatemala trip is to visit vulnerable communities where FH is serving. “We’re […]

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Four Ideas for Your Church’s Special Offering

Does your church take a special offering at Thanksgiving or Christmas? Many churches have a time-honored tradition of taking offerings for the needy at this time of year. This year, I’ve also heard from several churches who will be taking such an offering for the first time. When you take an offering for Food for […]

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions

On the day I met Steve Corbett, he warned me about mold. It was September 2001, shortly after I had been accepted into the Hunger Corps program of Food for the Hungry (FH). Steve had just left his position at FH to join the faculty at Covenant College, and he had agreed to mentor a […]

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How Churches Are Going Deeper at Christmas

Looking for a way to help your congregation engage with the poor this Christmas? Churches and organizations across the U.S. have discovered Hope Tree, a ministry of Food for the Hungry. Antioch Church in Bend, Ore. hosted a Hope Tree for Ethiopia. Cherry Hills Christian School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. hosted theirs on behalf of […]

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Picture Your Church in Rwanda

Imagine if only one out of every 10 homes in your neighborhood had any kind of piped water. How would your community look different, and what would your priorities be? Recently I learned about a region of Rwanda called Nyagihanga where the lack of clean water is a daily reality. Food for the Hungry has begun […]

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Global Missions for Growing Churches

Recently, I sat down with a pastor who wasn’t sure where to head with his church’s missions strategy. “I know God is calling my church into missions, but we don’t have a missions pastor on staff,” he said. “I don’t even know where to start.” My pastor friend is not alone in his predicament. Many […]

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Tips for Traveling Overseas with Children

Thinking about taking your kids overseas? Every year, American children visit Food for the Hungry (FH) fields with their parents through our short-term missions sending program. I always enjoy hearing these families’ stories, but I had not personally taken my children overseas until this year, when we took a family vacation to India. Here are […]

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