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12 Days of Christmas: Self-Control

During the whirlwind of holiday festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, few of us are focusing much on the idea of self-control. In fact, for many of us, this is the time of year we entirely reject it, encouraging excess and indulgence. “Hey, it’s the holiday season!” we proclaim, justifying another slice of pie […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” Thus starts one of my favorite Christmas carols, partly because if you sing alto like me, it’s got a great harmony line. But I also love the theology in the carol, which resonates with the joy that comes from reconciliation. “Let every heart prepare him room/And heaven […]

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This Girl Made Typhoon Haiyan Personal

Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters […]

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Overseas Sister: Meeting Mom’s Sponsored Child

Elizabeth’s mother sponsored a girl in Peru named Veronica for the last 10 years. Elizabeth and Veronica were close in age. They enjoyed writing letters back and forth. They became like “sponsored sisters” over time. Elizabeth looked at photos of her mom’s sponsored child, but never thought she’d see Veronica face-to-face. Her world changed when […]

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Trickle-down Compassion

My wife and I are days away from the arrival of our first child. It’s a crazy time when you know that you are on the edge of such a life-changing experience. The end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another. It is both exciting and nerve-racking … but ultimately… it’s just […]

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Uganda: Sponsored Child Gets Special Visit

Robin, a Food for the Hungry (FH) child sponsor, recently traveled to Uganda to meet Abraham. He was the little boy who was her sponsored child and who had written to her for the past year. She’d been writing him, too. They were finally going to meet. She described their introduction like this: “I… was […]

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How should you spend your time?

One of the wisest pieces of advice I’ve ever heard was said recently by a pastor at my church, when he was giving a talk for our community of 20-somethings. He was addressing when you feel like you’re running on “empty” most of the time, and the need to intentionally spend your time on the […]

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Empowering Leaders for Saving Lives

Food for the Hungry (FH) is being recognized for innovation in helping vulnerable people. InterAction and FedEx selected FH as one of their top six candidates to receive the 2013 “The FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness.”  The award’s goal is to bring awareness to programs that are efficient and effective in saving lives […]

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5 Easy Tips for Fighting Poverty

The topic of poverty is discussed a lot these days with refugees in Syria, war in the Congo, and even economic struggles here in the United States. It seems that poverty is affecting everyone these days. But the silver lining is that things are getting better. Anti-poverty campaigns in South East Asia, Latin America and […]

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Giving Milagros Hope

A girl named Milagros was born with a severe cleft lip and palate in La Florida, Peru. The facial deformity made it difficult for her to eat and speak. With her lip showing an opening up to her nose, other children and adults were cruel to her. Because she lived in extreme poverty, surgery was […]

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