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Soup Instead of Seeds

The year of 2014 started out relatively normal for the agricultural community of Caulatu, Nicaragua. Farmers like 34-year-old Marcos Pinell planted their crops in May, anticipating a bountiful harvest in August. Drought kept that bounty from materializing, and food became dangerously scarce. Pinell, the father of two little girls, faced a gut-wrenching dilemma — how was he going to […]

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My One Year Old and Ebola: It’s all about Preparation and Prevention

My daughter turned one year old the other day! It’s been an incredible experience to be a daddy and I am so thankful for the gift that she is to my wife and me. But as many parents know, you learn a lot about yourself and the important things in life as you try to […]

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A Vision that Goes Beyond the Horizon

“A sound anti-poverty strategy must include: self-sufficiency through work, implementing policies to encourage job creation, improving access to quality education, and taking steps to restore a culture of marriage. Combining these efforts will help create a society where more individuals have the opportunity to succeed and flourish.”[1] Possibly one of the greatest problems facing faith-based […]

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The Humanitarian Side of Government and Elections

It is hard to believe that the first Tuesday in November, Election Day in the U.S., is just around the corner. And, as always, there are a number of questions that Americans need to ask about those officials and individuals who are seeking votes. One of the most important, and perhaps least thought of, is, “Is this […]

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A Farmer’s Sacrificial Gift

Remember the beautiful story of the widow’s offering, told in Mark 12 and Luke 21? Jesus watched as the the rich people at the temple tossed large sums of money into the offering basket. But he was most impressed with the woman who had very little, and gave two small coins. Knowing this was all […]

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The Seen and Unseen World

Paul wrote in Ephesians 6: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (ESV) This is a profound […]

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Mommy, When Can We Go Home?

There is a longing inside each one of us to go home. Whether it is a child away at camp or visiting grandma, or an adult on vacation or away on business, or a young soldier off to serve at a distant post, our hearts long to return to home. While we all feel that […]

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Fleeing to Find a Safe Place to Call “Home”

I have many choices living in America – but millions who suffer from religious persecution around the world don’t…  Have you ever felt like you had the perfect plan and you wake up the next morning and the plan had changed drastically? In the U.S. we are taught, “You can do anything you put your […]

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Filling the Food Gap in Ethiopia

Bugna district The late onset rainy season is about to cease. From a distance, all mountains and valleys look like they are covered with well-woven green and yellow carpets. It is breathtaking scenery. I am riding in a 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser from Lalibela to Ayina, a town in the Bugna district, in Amhara […]

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions

On the day I met Steve Corbett, he warned me about mold. It was September 2001, shortly after I had been accepted into the Hunger Corps program of Food for the Hungry (FH). Steve had just left his position at FH to join the faculty at Covenant College, and he had agreed to mentor a […]

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