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Celebrating Advent

This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are bombarded with nowadays. The word “holiday” is in fact a product of the Old English words hālig (holy) and dæg (day). A holy day was 24-hours set apart for God. The holiday season was a time of giving thanks, recognizing […]

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Three Tips for Sane Christmas Shopping

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, I’ve been revisiting my thoughts about how my daily purchases impact the rest of the world. I first dealt with the subject earlier this year when a clothing factory crumbled in Bangladesh, killing workers who were assembling clothing for the fashion industry. At that time, I wrote […]

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Nelson Mandela: Let Freedom Ring

It seems that every so often, someone rises above the cultural and political fog of his time and speaks truth in a way that captivates and compels towards the betterment of humanity. For those of us on this planet today, Nelson Mandela was that man. Most known for persevering through 27 years of imprisonment and […]

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My Favorite Superheroes

My favorite superheroes are people that are kind to every single human being, especially to children. They give their hands, their time and the best of them to those who need it the most. They have a lot of fans, but they are not famous. They are so strong that they can walk for hours […]

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‘Tis the Season … for Gaming Consoles Shopping?

It could be a Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, an Ipod Touch, a Kindle Fire or Cuisinart Hand Blender—everyone has a top item on their Christmas shopping wish list this year. Many waited in long lines, crowded stores or searched online on Black Friday to purchase an item. We put so much effort into acquiring […]

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This Girl Made Typhoon Haiyan Personal

Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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The Joy of Clean Water

I have a photo of a Cambodian girl on my desk. After a routine file-cleaning, I just couldn’t toss this outdated snapshot away. Her smile is sweet as she washes her hands with a pitcher of water. She could be any little girl I know. Playing outside and using her imagination to think of games […]

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Christmas Shopping: Good or Bad Idea?

The excitement of Christmas is filling the crisp autumn air! Decorations are slowly emerging from the attic. People everywhere are trying to remember, “How exactly did I get these lights on the roof last year?” Starbucks is serving their holiday drinks, including the infamous pumpkin spice latte! Christians all over the world are anticipating the […]

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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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