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Children inspiring hope

Since becoming Chief Development Officer at Food for the Hungry in 2011, I have spent a lot of time visiting our work around the world. A consistent heart-changing experience for me in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America is seeing the inspiring hope inside our communities. To look into the eyes of children who […]

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Boy in Peru

On the edge of the fiscal cliff … again

Yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting the office of a prominent U.S. Senator here in Washington D.C. to discuss the once-again looming fiscal cliff. We talked about what faith-based organizations, like Food for the Hungry (FH), can do to get the word out to Christians across this nation about the importance of foreign assistance to help the world’s […]

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Growing love and respect on Valentine's Day

Growing love and respect for Valentine’s Day

Since today is Valentine’s Day, it seems fitting to celebrate with Peruvians Wilmer and Elizabeth. In their country, Valentine’s Day is called Día de San Valentín or Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship). It’s a national holiday, and Peruvians exchange cards, chocolates, teddy bears and other expressions of affection. Not […]

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What cultural lies are you buying into?

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are […]

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Heidi poses for a photo Rahki and her sister Lota.

Two buzzwords you should think about this month

Empowered women. These buzzwords have saturated the office and web lately here at Food for the Hungry (FH). Why’s that? Well, FH is gearing up for the upcoming International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. We’re doing so by hosting an International Women’s Day 5k Walk on March 10. Posters have been printed and emails have […]

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Justice is a step beyond compassion

“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” – Psalm 33:5 Later this month, I’ll be at the Justice Conference in Philadelphia. (If you’ll be there too, see my note at the end of this post about our pastors luncheon.) Hundreds of thought leaders, church representatives, and practitioners from […]

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sock being made on double pointed knitting needles

Farmers inspire me to knit my socks

In August 2012, I became a great-aunt for the first time. I have always been a good aunt — just ask my niece — but when my dear niece had twin boys, I graduated to GREAT aunt. I grew up with a plethora of great aunts. Like all good Northern farm girls, they could knit up […]

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Why Les Miserables demands our attention

Though 150 years old, the story Les Miserables has been reborn for the 21st Century through film. But as David reflects on the story, he feels that it’s popularity is not only due in part to the quality of art. The story requires the audience to ask itself “What would I do?” in the face of injustice and poverty. It requires us to act.

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River in Shashego

Bridging the gap, saving lives

I honestly don’t know how many bridges I crossed this morning on the way to work. I drive on a freeway that crosses over myriad side streets, and navigates a pass through the Phoenix North Mountain nature preserve.  I don’t even think about the steel and concrete that take me 16 miles to work and […]

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Painting of the parable of the good shepherd separating the sheep from the goats

“You will always have the poor among you …”

I can’t prove it, but after many years of pastoral experience, including numerous conversations on the subject with believers and non-believers alike, I’m convinced this is the best known reference in the Bible concerning poverty.  For believers especially, this is frequently quoted as proof that poverty will always exist and cannot be overcome.  Because this […]

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