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Gendercide and the power of words

Slang in America Chick. Gal. Dame. Babe. Diva. Girly. Lass. Mama. Ma’am. Lady. Woman. Female. You’ve probably heard one or many of these words in your lifetime. And upon hearing one of these words and without being told, I’m guessing you immediately thought of a specific gender. It’s incredible to think about the linguistic cultural […]

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African mother and children

How you can help end violence against women

Orieanna had been tense all day. It started when yet another fight with her husband ended with him slapping her before leaving the house. She absent-mindedly touched her tender cheek as she tried to remember the last time a day went by without them screaming at one another – at least the days when he […]

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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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Holism in the Grand Canyon (Part 2)

Hiking the Grand Canyon brought on unexpected challenges, that brought me to a better understanding that a Holistically healthy life breeds acts of compassion.

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Woman crocheting

Hands and feet, hands and feet

Ever had one of those days when you think, “Huh, maybe God is trying to say something to me?” I started my morning computer session with a message to a colleague in East Asia, who is helping FH respond to a disaster you probably didn’t know about.  I started the email with, “I’m glad to […]

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Dave Evans and Lili Gutierrez

Zumba, multiplication and blessings

I am amazed when I read the passage in the New Testament about Jesus feeding the 5,000. The miracle of bread and fish multiplying before everyone’s eyes must have been unbelievable to watch. But even more interesting to me is the role played by the disciples. Jesus asks them a simple, yet profound question, “How many […]

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Elena poses for a photo with her sisters in Guatemala.

A singer, pastor and attorney in the heart of Guatemala

Another country? In my last few blog posts, I’ve been sharing about my experiences from a recent trip to Nicaragua. What I haven’t mentioned is that after spending eight days in Nicaragua, my coworker and I flew one hour north and spent another week in Guatemala. I can’t begin to describe the drastic difference between […]

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The Berchmans family by their home

Beyond survival in the world’s poorest country

The International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2012 Global Hunger Index in October, and Burundi, Africa, received the dubious distinction of being the world’s poorest country. The report combines three indicators to rank world poverty by country. Those indicators are the percent of the population: Who are undernourished; Are under weight as young children; […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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Holism in the Grand Canyon (Part 1)

I’m hiking the Grand Canyon, Rim to Rim, in one day. And in so doing have gone on a journey of pondering this idea: That a holistically healthy life is best exposed in acts of compassion. Probably not a novel idea, but one that we should at least contemplate.

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