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Remembering refugees

Thirteen years ago, I traveled to the rugged, remote border of Ethiopia and Somalia. I met several people who had started life in Somalia, but for myriad reasons had lived for a time in Ethiopian refugee camps. And I met with many ethnic Somali families who led a nomadic lifestyle, herding cattle and goats. Nomadic […]

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Syrian Refugees

Emotional relief is key to helping Syria’s civilian refugees

Last week, I spoke with the Food for the Hungry (FH) Director of Emergency Response Pete Howard, days after he returned from assessing conditions for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. He told many heart-wrenching stories, but the saga that touched me most was his own. Ten years ago, Pete traveled to Iraq as part […]

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The impact of one church

Ten years from now, what will be your church’s missional impact across the globe? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Roberts and Brian Rietvelt of Quest Fellowship in Garner, N.C. They are partnering with Food for the Hungry in Mentawai, Indonesia, to fulfill their church’s goal for impacting people worldwide. “We […]

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My first (almost) Father’s Day

That’s right! Life will never be the same. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of October, and already I am plagued with a consistent anxiety about how best to prepare for fatherhood. Inevitably, I have spent the last couple of months thinking about the fathers in my life. While […]

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Guyo plants flowers at the church compound. He is pictured here with FH staff member Mary.

How a child used gardening to serve his community

When God created us, He gave us the freedom and ability to rule over everything else he created — plants, land, animals and organisms. But I have heard people interpret this blessing a variety of ways. Does it mean His creation is at our disposal, to use as we please? Or is it a call to care for living things and steward our natural resources well?

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IT meeting in Asia

Making the world a smaller place

I’m delighted to share the following guest blog from my co-worker, Tony Alonzo. He describes himself as a self-proclaimed computer geek who loves bringing technology and people together. Born and raised in Arizona, he loves the “dry” heat, mild winters and the beautiful Arizona sunsets. With his wife Carmen and his son Xavier, they enjoy […]

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Care groups help save children

My guest blogger today is Alex Mwaura, communications specialist for Food for the Hungry reporting on FH’s work in Africa. Alex recently visited Burundi and shares his experience during a care group training where mothers’ learned to care for their infants.   The sound of rain on iron roofing sheets drowned out the voice of […]

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Ethiopian mother with young son

Making Mom happy

What does it take to make Mom happy?  I’ve visited nearly 20 countries in the 17 years I’ve worked with Food for the Hungry (FH), and it seems all mothers want the same things. They want their children to be healthy and happy. They yearn for their kids to finish school. If you probe deeper, […]

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3 ways that development work is discipleship in disguise

In my frequent conversations with pastors, we often find ourselves stuck at the question of “so, what exactly is development?”  Rather than starting from scratch, I love to begin with a more familiar term: discipleship. While the words are not synonymous, there are some strong connections between the two concepts.  The ministry of Food for […]

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Tim Smith with FH Sponsored Children in Guatemala

When the light comes on

As I am writing this blog, I am on a trans atlantic flight to London. This weekend at Food for the Hungry (FH), we are launching a new endeavor with the Pentecost Festival as the  lead sponsor for this event. The Pentecost Festival is a gathering each year in London to celebrate the birthday of […]

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