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You never forget your first National Geographic moment.

You never forget your first National Geographic moment. Mine was in 2007… Rwanda. I was interning for Food for the Hungry (FH) as student photojournalist. A kid with a camera and sense of adventure – I knew nothing about poverty, FH or Africa. And there I was, in the middle of a war torn country, hearing stories of genocide […]

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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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African Children

Faith’s role in an AIDS-free generation

With World AIDS Day coming on December 1 and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiling the U.S. government’s new blueprint for eradicating AIDS, I was encouraged to read a United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) report showing that 25 countries have seen a 50 percent or greater drop in new HIV infections since 2001, and […]

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plates of food in Mozambique

Thanks to the One True God

I haven’t seen too many situations where people beg to be allowed to give thanks.  But living overseas in South America, in the highlands of Bolivia, my Food for the Hungry office friends asked one year if we could celebrate a full American Thanksgiving dinner – for SIXTY people. Six-oh. Those of us of the […]

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is coming. And I’m going through a list of what I’m thankful for in my life. God has blessed me with a great job, home, friends, family and pets! I’ve got so much to be thankful for in my life. Even so, now and again, I get the blues about my life. I […]

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Ugandan Girl

What’s in a Girl’s Name?—A Quiet Protest

I am big on names with meaning—names that root us in some kind of history or hope. They have a beauty all their own. Every part of my name has one or two tie-ins to my family history. And I was deeply blessed to have my middle name—Clare—passed on to my amazing little niece—Mariclare. This […]

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Ugandan women

You can help end human trafficking

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – a day each of us can think about steps we can take to end abuse. According to numbers recently released by the Untied Nations (U.N.), one of the many ways women endure violence is modern-day slavery. The U.N. estimates that today […]

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Does the media you engage in and fill your time with line up with the Gospel you believe in?

I’ve been on my own personal mission lately to find quality Christian music that I can enjoy…. if your like me, you may be laughing at the impossibility of this concept. Quality Christian music? Okay, maybe I’m the only glass half empty hater out there, but I’ve had a hard time digesting the canned overly […]

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How Can I Escape the Trap of More, More, More?

how much is enough?

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