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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Picture your church in Mozambique

Where can you find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and many of the world’s poorest people? You might be surprised to hear that it’s Mozambique. On the eastern coast of the continent of Africa, Mozambique is a land of contrasts. The natural beauty of Mozambique is consistently rated among the most stunning in […]

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5 disturbing barriers that keep kids out of school

  It’s back-to-school season in the United States. My kids are starting school next week, but my Facebook friends and the newspaper ads are a clear reminder that most of the nation is already back to school! Going back to school sometimes makes me wonder how this season feels for families around the world in […]

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Picture your church in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country with a special place in my heart. At the age of 15, I visited the Philippines with my high school youth group. It was my first mission trip. God used it to open my eyes to His work around the world. I discovered Manila, a city crowded with pollution and […]

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Free Christmas materials for pastors

When you see a Christmas tree in the middle of the summer – how does it make you feel? Nostalgic about the season? Panicked that you might already be too late for shopping? At Food for the Hungry, we’re already talking about Christmas for one simple reason: it’s time to plan! If you’re one of […]

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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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