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Sponsoring a child: Little things add up

About 15 years ago, I got my private pilot license. I had no particular purpose for learning to fly but always like learning new things. If it involves going fast and making loud noises, that’s even better. So I followed the story of Asiana Airlines’ recent crash in San Francisco with great interest: How could […]

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Ana in front of home

Savings groups: Keeping women out of sex trade

Her name is Ana. And praise God, she has not become a prostitute. She found a better way to make money. Ana lives in Mozambique, where she was once a young married woman. But the years went on, and there was no baby. Her husband divorced her as a result. Under the dual shame of […]

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Sponsor Letter

3 ways to give your sponsored child confidence

There are many ways to change a child’s life for the better. But when you sponsor a child, you participate in and encourage a child to develop in challenging circumstances. Here are three simple, bold and slightly radical ways you can help influence your sponsored child’s confidence and hope: 1. Where regular mail matters Okay, […]

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Goats save Haitians from food crisis.

Goats saving Haitians from food crisis

We were on our way to somewhere else, but Timer LaVenture was one persistent Haitian. He wanted our group to see his success with the two goats Food for the Hungry (FH) had given him. “We don’t really have time,” said our host, noting our delayed arrival in Belledere caused by extreme traffic in Haiti’s […]

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Coffee, chocolate, tea – and help the poor

Are you a coffee drinker? Or a chocolate lover? Maybe you like your tea at 3 p.m.? Think about enjoying your favorite treat and helping the poor at the same time. That is what fair trade is all about. And that’s the mission of Trade as One. It’s a company promoting fair trade products to […]

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South Sudan: Getting girls back into schools

This past July 9 marked the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. As the country starts making progress, it still faces challenges – especially in educating girls. But progress is being made, as you will read. Recently, I traveled with a film crew to South Sudan to shoot a video on girls’ education. On our […]

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She still thinks she’s a slave. She doesn’t realize she’s a daughter now.

I heard this story the other day about a little girl in India… Let’s call her Shanti (because it means “peace” in Hindi). Her father passed away and her mother abandoned her. She became a servant, enslaved. An American pastor visiting a ministry in India heard this story and felt compelled to help. Shanti had […]

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Women healing from abuse

As the plane danced in the skies during the hour-long flight to Kalemie, an eastern city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – I thought about the abused women healing in this region. Then, I couldn’t help but wonder: “What went wrong in the Congo?” I first visited the massive central African country in […]

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Children: Give them freedom from poverty

America is celebrating the Fourth of July to remember the gift of freedom. I find myself thinking of ways to celebrate the freedoms I enjoy. And not just freedoms of speech or religion, but a life of without the oppression of poverty. A great way to celebrate our freedom is to teach our children about […]

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Murshida holiding a child, next to her beehive

Ethiopia: Bees make honey money

I have cursed at bees. I know we are supposed to love all of God’s creation. But when they swarm on my patio and sting my bare feet, I am not happy with them. There are some people in Ethiopia, however, who are very fond of bees. The bees help feed their children. One such […]

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