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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Grieving the seamstresses we never knew

Earlier this week, the Her.meneutics blog at Christianity Today invited me to write about shopping. The conversation came out of a terrible tragedy that occurred last week in Bangladesh. An eight-story garment factory building crumbled, killing at least 300 workers and injuring over 1,000 more. On Wednesday afternoon, my friend Eileen called to tell me […]

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Free teaching materials for pastors

A pastor approached our booth at The Justice Conference. He asked me about Food for the Hungry—what we do, and how we think about poverty. I shared that we believe that poverty is caused by broken relationships. And so we work through relationships, walking with communities to end poverty. “Our church believes that too,” the […]

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Proper (and fun!) handwashing for children

In the vulnerable places where Food for the Hungry works, handwashing is a lifesaving technique. Diarrhea and pneumonia, two of the leading causes of child deaths worldwide, can be drastically reduced just by proper handwashing. Isn’t it wonderful that such a simple act can have such an impact? Knowing the impact of handwashing, I wasn’t […]

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The Just Church by Jim Martin

Justice or discipleship?

What’s more important—justice or discipleship? That’s the question Jim Martin asks in his book, The Just Church. Martin works for International Justice Mission, the excellent Christian organization that brings justice for victims of sex trafficking, slavery and other violent oppression around the world. The question of justice versus discipleship is an important one for the […]

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My daughter’s birthday list

March 8 is a special day in our house for two reasons. First, it’s my oldest daughter’s birthday. Andrea was born on March 8. She’s turning ten years old. She wrote her birthday list last night. Andrea’s Birthday List Jean jacket The latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book Smelly markers Case to hold my […]

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Justice is a step beyond compassion

“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” – Psalm 33:5 Later this month, I’ll be at the Justice Conference in Philadelphia. (If you’ll be there too, see my note at the end of this post about our pastors luncheon.) Hundreds of thought leaders, church representatives, and practitioners from […]

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Call your church to action for foreign assistance

Most Americans overestimate the percentage of the U.S. budget spent on foreign assistance. Here’s a video showing just how drastic the difference is between typical perceptions and the actual amount. (Spoiler alert: It’s less than 1% of the federal budget.)   Yet these programs are life-saving. According to our friends at ONE, “Thanks to the United […]

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The first need of every child

When my co-workers found Mayra, she was 10 years old. She was living with her parents and her five younger siblings. If you were to visit Mayra’s home in the neighborhood of Horno Ckasa, Bolivia, you’d first notice the door. We don’t think much about doors where I live in suburban America. We take for […]

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Host a Justice Sunday

As I work in Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry, one of my great joys is to watch churches partner through child sponsorship. I love this way of engaging a church because it allows every individual and family in the church to get personally involved. A Unique Relationship Have you ever stopped to consider […]

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Saving her allowance

My 8-year-old daughter answered the phone with something urgent to tell me. “Mom, this girl has worms in her belly,” Linda blurted. I had a moment of panic, wondering what could possibly have happened at home in the 24 hours since I had left town on a trip for work. “I’m looking at this book, […]

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