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The first need of every child

When my co-workers found Mayra, she was 10 years old. She was living with her parents and her five younger siblings. If you were to visit Mayra’s home in the neighborhood of Horno Ckasa, Bolivia, you’d first notice the door. We don’t think much about doors where I live in suburban America. We take for […]

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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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Middle Schoolers Give Hope for Christmas

I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman named Donna Nelson the other day. She’s helping children see beyond themselves. In the process, these children are experiencing the idea that happiness comes from contributing rather than receiving. They are seeing that great things can be accomplished when people pull together toward a common […]

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from “them” to “we”

As an American college student, it was pretty easy for me to fall into the the mindset of “they don’t know what they are missing out on, so they are happy with less.” Then I met Jamal. Jamal was the same age as me and loved all things American. His dirty clothes and borrowed bed told […]

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Hallelujah!

Like many musicians, I opened December with a black tie music performance of Handel’s Messiah. It’s a tradition in many churches — and a tradition for me — to  attend at least one Messiah performance in December. This year, though, I joined the choir instead of just listening. Somewhere in the midst of a rehearsal, our wonderful […]

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Give Like a Wise Man

‘Tis the season for gift-giving! The exchange of gifts at Christmas is something special at any age. The pleasure of giving and receiving with those I know best and care about most never gets dull. But that specialness ramped up to a whole new level once I had kids old enough to understand it. There’s nothing […]

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Fabiola’s Prayer

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. — Psalm 8:2 Fabiola was a sad child. So sad, in fact, that Food for the Hungry (FH) staff were concerned about this 12-year-old girl. During the many years of conflict in Burundi, Fabiola’s family had lost everything. As peasant farmers, they barely raised enough […]

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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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