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Focused on Children, Dedicated to Transformation

I’m in the Dominican Republic this week, where I have the incredible privilege of joining my Food for the Hungry (FH) colleagues from all over Latin America as we work together to learn how to build a new model of programming in our field countries. We call it “Child-Focused Community Transformation” (CFCT), which is FH’s “essentials” […]

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VOTE: It’s a justice Issue

Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.

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woman in guatemala

Gendercide and the power of words

Slang in America Chick. Gal. Dame. Babe. Diva. Girly. Lass. Mama. Ma’am. Lady. Woman. Female. You’ve probably heard one or many of these words in your lifetime. And upon hearing one of these words and without being told, I’m guessing you immediately thought of a specific gender. It’s incredible to think about the linguistic cultural […]

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African mother and children

How you can help end violence against women

Orieanna had been tense all day. It started when yet another fight with her husband ended with him slapping her before leaving the house. She absent-mindedly touched her tender cheek as she tried to remember the last time a day went by without them screaming at one another – at least the days when he […]

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‘Tis the Season

The season is upon us again.  Not the changing of the leaves. Not the very end of a hurricane period that seemed to have been a quiet one, only to strike with a vengeance in the eleventh hour.  Not the time of turkeys and pumpkins. No, the season that I am referring to comes only […]

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McMahan family at Christmas

Un-Decorate for Christmas

It’s October, and I’m ready to start listening to Christmas music. Has this conversation come up in your home too? In my house, the timing of Christmas music is a basic disagreement that my husband and I face every year. I love Christmas and can’t wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, my husband, Tim, […]

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Dave Evans and Lili Gutierrez

Zumba, multiplication and blessings

I am amazed when I read the passage in the New Testament about Jesus feeding the 5,000. The miracle of bread and fish multiplying before everyone’s eyes must have been unbelievable to watch. But even more interesting to me is the role played by the disciples. Jesus asks them a simple, yet profound question, “How many […]

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The Berchmans family by their home

Beyond survival in the world’s poorest country

The International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2012 Global Hunger Index in October, and Burundi, Africa, received the dubious distinction of being the world’s poorest country. The report combines three indicators to rank world poverty by country. Those indicators are the percent of the population: Who are undernourished; Are under weight as young children; […]

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Girl from Guatemala

World Food Day: Running on Empty

On October 13 at 2 pm, I was 4/5 of the way through a half Ironman event, but had no gas left in the tank and was running on fumes. With my energy ebbing away, I had to will my body to keep going. The words in my head kept cadence with the sounds of my […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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