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Like losing 100 pounds, change doesn’t happen over night.

Often we try to strong-arm our way through life. We wish ourselves strong enough to resist this or that. We will ourselves to be more disciplined. We wake up determined to make better choices but end the day feeling defeated. Each day is a war… with ourselves and with life. It doesn’t have to be […]

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Grieving the seamstresses we never knew

Earlier this week, the Her.meneutics blog at Christianity Today invited me to write about shopping. The conversation came out of a terrible tragedy that occurred last week in Bangladesh. An eight-story garment factory building crumbled, killing at least 300 workers and injuring over 1,000 more. On Wednesday afternoon, my friend Eileen called to tell me […]

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Food for the Hungry staff person reflects on Hopefest

Having trouble asking for help?

“I have trouble asking for help.” “I don’t like to be indebted to people.” “I don’t want to be needy.” These are phrases with which many of us in North America are all too familiar. On a cognitive level, I can tell you what’s wrong – and even irrational – about those statements. But, something […]

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A community member in Nicaragua

Owning their own development

I’m pleased to share with you this guest blog by Mike Meyers, FH’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communication. After 15 months of serving in the marketing department at Food for the Hungry (FH), I recently was blessed to witness what it looks like when a community in Nicaragua owns its own development. It’s a story I […]

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Bangladeshi hospitality: How do you compare?

Bangladesh made an impression on me – and it’s been a year since I visited the country. But I still remember the taste of Bangladeshi tea served in a delicate cups and saucers every day around mid-afternoon. The elegance of women’s clothing, creating beauty in places that might otherwise be thought of as dismal.   […]

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Free teaching materials for pastors

A pastor approached our booth at The Justice Conference. He asked me about Food for the Hungry—what we do, and how we think about poverty. I shared that we believe that poverty is caused by broken relationships. And so we work through relationships, walking with communities to end poverty. “Our church believes that too,” the […]

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Girls sleeping under mosquito net

Malaria: Big problem, some simple solutions

I love how simple actions can prevent big hairy problems… like malaria. According to the World Health Organization, malaria claims the lives of 660,000 people annually; most of those deaths are babies in Africa. Today is World Malaria Day, when we remember that half of the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission. […]

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We are all in this together

Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was inspiring to see how people from around the world feel connected to the grief and pain of the victims. This highlights the God-given connection we have to our brothers and sisters “in their distress”.

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Karla holding her graduation keepsake

Sponsored child writes inspiring letter to sponsor

Graduation season is nearly here! It’s time for so many of us to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of ourselves or our loved ones, as one chapter closes and another begins. I fondly remember graduating high school six years ago. I began to excitedly prepare for my big move to the university two hours from […]

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The purpose of the poor

We are all familiar, to some extent, with the plight of the materially poor. However, in the grand scheme of things—do the poor have a positive purpose? According to a respected colleague from Kenya, who is a committed Christian and a successful businessman, the purpose of the poor is the elevation of all humanity. He came to […]

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