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The necessary work of love

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”  1 Corinthians 13:3, The Message There are passages of Scripture […]

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Meet a Father and Grandfather from Syria

Join me on a journey to the Syrian region—where my heart was broken by the horrors of war.  Meet the people living as refugees whose faces and stories tell of the suffering and loss  brought on from losing loved ones, homes and ways of life. Time after time, as I sat with Syrian refugees in […]

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We are culture makers

I remember the first time someone said that to me. “Stop trying to find culture, you are culture, you’re creating it.” I thought that guy had lost his mind. I’d spent the last several years traveling through many countries and taking in different cultures – trying to cram pieces of all of them into my […]

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Hidden Hunger: Nutrient Deficiency

Does this phrase sound familiar? “Eat your peas and carrots!” Chances are that you’ve heard your mother utter this phrase  on a number of occasions throughout your childhood. And as much as you (likely) loathed any food that fell into  the vegetable category, chances are your mom faithfully reminded you of why you needed them […]

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Picture your church in Mozambique

Where can you find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and many of the world’s poorest people? You might be surprised to hear that it’s Mozambique. On the eastern coast of the continent of Africa, Mozambique is a land of contrasts. The natural beauty of Mozambique is consistently rated among the most stunning in […]

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Josefina with water bottles

Water system opens door to new hope

In Olivero,  Dominican Republic, a water system changed the lives of the people living there. It might seem strange, but it caused relationships to happen that otherwise would have not. It also made dreams come true. Such was true for Josefina, a widow in her late 50s and the mother of 10 children. When Josefina’s […]

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5 disturbing barriers that keep kids out of school

  It’s back-to-school season in the United States. My kids are starting school next week, but my Facebook friends and the newspaper ads are a clear reminder that most of the nation is already back to school! Going back to school sometimes makes me wonder how this season feels for families around the world in […]

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Children Sponsoring Children

Nothing inspires hope like children helping other children. As they reach out to others, you can see children learning about the joy of giving and the difference they can make. Pastor Lloyd Baker of Streams Church in Goodyear, Ariz., is putting into practice an innovative idea to teach U.S. children how to care for children […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Dream Continues

It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and powerfully described his dream for a more just and equal society. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream […]

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Back to School: 5 simple (and fun) ways to teach children about poverty

Crayons, notebooks, backpacks… oh my! The beginning of the school year is always ripe with different emotions. Excitement for the year ahead. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. Anticipation for all that will be learned. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. I guess you can tell what my emotions typically were when starting […]

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