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Four Ideas for Your Church’s Special Offering

Does your church take a special offering at Thanksgiving or Christmas? Many churches have a time-honored tradition of taking offerings for the needy at this time of year. This year, I’ve also heard from several churches who will be taking such an offering for the first time. When you take an offering for Food for […]

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Kyala Bangwe Ernata on the left with her first chicken.

Making Charitable Giving Go Further

I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s easy for me to give to the poor, but it’s not difficult either. When I see a homeless person, I tend to give money and I often help at events around my hometown community. But what hits me the most is how fleeting my dollars can be. How they may […]

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The Everyday Miracle of Clean Water

In the United States we experience a miracle every time we open a water faucet. We get clean water that is safe to drink. We don’t need to leave our homes to get it. It is treated and delivered directly to us, and it is available on demand. We drink it. We bathe and shower […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: A Year Later

A year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines with its 195-mile-per-hour winds, progress is being made in helping people to rebuild their lives. Food for the Hungry (FH) immediately responded with life-saving supplies to communities that were completely destroyed. FH also provided child-friendly spaces to provide a safe place for children to learn and play. To […]

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Traveler’s Lament

I’ve recently been traveling overseas. There’s always some business purpose that motivates my travel. I start with enthusiasm. But as aspiration turns into reality, I find trip preparation stressful. First, there’s the planning phase. How many nights will I be gone? “Yikes, Mr. Travel Agent, is that the best we can do? Where’s that layover? […]

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Aiding Antoinette . . . and 500 Others

Umutoniwase Antoinette is 57 years old. She was 37 when tragedy struck on an almost unimaginable scale. Many people recall little about their own lives in 1994, let alone things that happened half the world away in a country whose name is hard to spell. Antoinette remembers. She was there when 800,000 people from the […]

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Deworming: A Best Buy for Health, Education and Development

Have you ever had stomach pain so severe that you felt sick all of the time and could not concentrate? If you ask children why they are not in school, you will get a variety of answers. Some answers might even be very funny. But very few would tell you intestinal worms are the cause […]

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Kenya Defecation Free Zone: Building Latrines to Save Lives

When you live in a society in which personal hygiene and public sanitation are inherent, it may be difficult to imagine the absence of Open Defecation Free (ODF) areas. In many communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works, ODFs are revolutionary. In Kenya, FH is helping traditionally semi-nomadic tribes to learn to settle down and […]

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Waiting for the Lost Girls of Chibok

Where are they? Nearly seven months have passed since more than 200 Nigerian school girls were abducted. No one, other than their abductors, knows for sure where they are or when they will return. There is no mystery about their capture. Anyone who follows the news knows that they were abducted in the middle of […]

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Life is Sacred

Hunger is now regarded as the world’s number one health risk. When you go to bed tonight, will you have to worry about finding enough food to eat tomorrow? For the majority of us, this basic human need is not a cause for concern. Therefore, it is easy to forget that nearly a billion people […]

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