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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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Hope and courage

On March 21, Food for the Hungry (FH) hosted our Hope and Courage conference with participation from Phoenix pastors and church leaders and FH staff from all over the world.  One of our keynote speakers was Anglican Bishop Laurent Mbanda, who is bishop of the Shyira Diocese in northern Rwanda. Mbanda (as he prefers to be called) […]

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The cross . . . fuel for the long haul (Part 1)

Fuel.  It is one of the most important components of life. It provided the former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez with the resources to fund his governmental agenda.  It is at the center of the political debate of whether to construct a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Fuel shortages have provoked global conflicts.  […]

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Child sponsorship kids club fun

Child sponsorship lets kids be kids

  I first noticed her as she ran from a house to the building we were about to visit. She wore a pink princess dress, white ribbons in her hair and shoes that didn’t fit. The building we were visiting had been finished the previous week. Food for the Hungry (FH) had helped a church […]

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Tree seedlings in Haiti

Paul planted, Apollos watered, God made it grow

  “I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”  I Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I traveled along dusty roads in Haiti two weeks ago, through parched fields thirsty for life-giving rain. As we journeyed, I saw farmers plowing furrows in their fields in hope that seasonal rains would begin soon. Where […]

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Madam Cristen stands on the steep trail pointing to where she carries water for her subsistence-level garden.

Catching rain to transform children’s lives

I recently was honored to meet Madam Christian Jean Cimilien, a 67-year-old widow and mother of 11 grown children. She’s a member of the community water management committee in Lefevre, Haiti. The community is working with Food for the Hungry (FH) to create a source of clean water by catching rain water. And with the goal of […]

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Because they arrived first

Moving day. We’ve all been there before.  Boxes, packing tape, storage units and sore muscles.  I’ve been asked to help others move more times than I care to remember.  However, if I’m available, I graciously volunteer to help.  I know that someday I too will need to move and would appreciate the “muscle support” of […]

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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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Novelist inspired by Sunday school

Meet Jason Wellnitz…my guest blogger. He’s written a novel inspired by a trip to Mozambique with Food for the Hungry. Read about his experience and what he did in response to what he saw.   June 2011, Gorangosa, Mozambique. Our driver turned the white minibus off the main paved road and down onto a red, rutted […]

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