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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Best 3 practices for raising generous children

How many of us grew up hearing, “Eat your vegetables! People are starving in Africa?” As a child, I could never understand the connection between the broccoli on my plate and the hunger of people on another continent. Let’s be honest; most American children would be delighted to send their vegetables away to Africa or […]

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The impact of one church – part two

The leaders at Quest Fellowship have seen over 90 percent of their people get involved in missions every month. In part one of this story, I wrote how they found Food for the Hungry and chose Mentawai, Indonesia. But the story didn’t end there – that was only the beginning. Sermon series Lead pastor Paul Roberts […]

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The impact of one church

Ten years from now, what will be your church’s missional impact across the globe? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Roberts and Brian Rietvelt of Quest Fellowship in Garner, N.C. They are partnering with Food for the Hungry in Mentawai, Indonesia, to fulfill their church’s goal for impacting people worldwide. “We […]

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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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