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Water is power

Think with me for a moment about Chukuke, an 8-year-old girl growing up in Africa. She lives in one of the more arid regions of Kenya. She does not go to school. She had to drop out. She spends every day walking 9 to 10 miles to find clean water for her household. She doesn’t […]

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Children looking for water in two countries

In the United States, my son, Alexander, age 4, came storming into the house covered in mud and out of breath. He and the dog had been excavating a hole in the backyard, possibly digging to the center of the earth. After entering the house, Xander asked for a cup of water. He drained the […]

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Ethiopian child by Peter Mogan

How a beekeeper’s dignity sold me on honey

The inspiring blog post below came from my colleague, Gretchen Jewell. She recently told me in a hallway conversation that her first trip to Africa transformed her life. I thought you would enjoy her story. I’m not usually a big fan of honey. I rarely buy it. But recently, I bought honey because I wanted […]

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girl drinking water out of a tap

Wipe away the tears with water

Water can make grown men cry. Many years ago, on one of my trips into Bolivia’s rural areas, I met with a group of leaders of a village. Food for the Hungry (FH) and the community were new in their relationship with each other. We gathered in a cement block, school classroom and sat on low […]

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The cross . . . fuel for the long haul (Part 1)

Fuel.  It is one of the most important components of life. It provided the former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez with the resources to fund his governmental agenda.  It is at the center of the political debate of whether to construct a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Fuel shortages have provoked global conflicts.  […]

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Thirsting for clean and living water

After waiting for her turn in line, 13-year-old Aleme lifts her jerricans.  Strapped with 40 pounds of water on her shoulders, she makes the long journey home uphill.  The water has to last the family until tomorrow, when Aleme will make the journey back down the hill, wait in line, gather her water and hike […]

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Feeling lost in today’s world?

A funny thing happened when I went to help change the conditions of the poor in Africa. I was changed. Twenty years ago, I moved to post-war Uganda to do my part to help. What I came to realize was: God’s call for me to meet the needs of the poor also involved His desire to transform my life. […]

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How do you use water?

It wasn’t until I was running around collecting water from storm drains during a storm that I realized the preciousness of water – and how blessed I am back home in the US to have unlimited access to it. Completely soaked, I hauled five gallon buckets of rain water across the yard (each gallon of water […]

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A woman fetches water in Africa

Water is scarce…but information is aplenty

World Water Day is quickly approaching and with it, countless stories, facts, statistics, photos, videos, slideshows and clean water campaigns. Each time the world celebrates and recognizes something, whether it’s education, health, gender-based injustice, etc., I like to scour the web to find out more information. Usually my first stop is the official World Day […]

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Ethiopian boy who is living with HIV

A cure for HIV? Let’s celebrate and be faithful

The first time I vividly remember sitting with a child who was infected with HIV was in northern Ethiopia. The boy, who was about eight years old, had a glazed look in his eyes. He sat practically motionless while I visited with his mother and grandmother. The father had passed away. Siblings were also present […]

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