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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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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Three gifts on Christmas morning

When my husband and I reinvented our Christmas celebration a few years ago, we reconsidered gift giving. It was our daughters’ first Christmas after joining our family at ages three and four. We had a blank slate. It was around this time that a good friend, JoLynn, had told me of her family’s Christmas tradition, […]

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Build a Christmas manger

In my last post, I promised that I’d tell you all about the manger that my family keeps in our living room at Christmas. It has helped us to center our holiday season around generosity, remembering that our Savior came into the poverty of this world. Today, I’m going to share our story with specific […]

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McMahan family at Christmas

Un-Decorate for Christmas

It’s October, and I’m ready to start listening to Christmas music. Has this conversation come up in your home too? In my house, the timing of Christmas music is a basic disagreement that my husband and I face every year. I love Christmas and can’t wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, my husband, Tim, […]

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How the Poor Will Change Your Church

When you think about people living in poverty, do you think about what you can do for them, or how you’ll be changed by knowing them? Of course, we see the call to serve the poor throughout Scripture. From the earliest laws given to the Israelites, openhandedness is commanded. “If anyone is poor among you… do not be hardhearted […]

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