Just over two years ago I found myself facing every parent’s worst nightmare. My 15-month-old son suddenly began showing some very strange symptoms. He suddenly was not able to walk on one of his legs. After feeling it all over and realizing he did not seem to be in any type of pain I decided [...]
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I’m in the Dominican Republic this week, where I have the incredible privilege of joining my Food for the Hungry (FH) colleagues from all over Latin America as we work together to learn how to build a new model of programming in our field countries. We call it “Child-Focused Community Transformation” (CFCT), which is FH’s “essentials” [...]
Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.
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 [...]
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 [...]
The season is upon us again. Not the changing of the leaves. Not the very end of a hurricane period that seemed to have been a quiet one, only to strike with a vengeance in the eleventh hour. Not the time of turkeys and pumpkins. No, the season that I am referring to comes only [...]
It’s October, and I’m ready to start listening to Christmas music. Has this conversation come up in your home too? In my house, the timing of Christmas music is a basic disagreement that my husband and I face every year. I love Christmas and can’t wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, my husband, Tim, [...]
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 [...]
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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