It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise they were celebrating Christmas in full force! Decorated trees were everywhere and some of our favorite holiday jingles played on the radio. It was a dichotomy for my brain… in light of the recent typhoon, how can people be so [...]
It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise ...
This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. ...
This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are ...
With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, I’ve been revisiting my thoughts about how ...
This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed [...]
This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are bombarded with nowadays. The word “holiday” is in fact a product of the Old English words hālig (holy) and dæg (day). A holy day was 24-hours set apart for God. The holiday season was a time of giving thanks, recognizing [...]
With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, I’ve been revisiting my thoughts about how my daily purchases impact the rest of the world. I first dealt with the subject earlier this year when a clothing factory crumbled in Bangladesh, killing workers who were assembling clothing for the fashion industry. At that time, I wrote [...]
It seems that every so often, someone rises above the cultural and political fog of his time and speaks truth in a way that captivates and compels towards the betterment of humanity. For those of us on this planet today, Nelson Mandela was that man. Most known for persevering through 27 years of imprisonment and [...]
My favorite superheroes are people that are kind to every single human being, especially to children. They give their hands, their time and the best of them to those who need it the most. They have a lot of fans, but they are not famous. They are so strong that they can walk for hours [...]
It could be a Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, an Ipod Touch, a Kindle Fire or Cuisinart Hand Blender—everyone has a top item on their Christmas shopping wish list this year. Many waited in long lines, crowded stores or searched online on Black Friday to purchase an item. We put so much effort into acquiring [...]
At 5:30 a.m. on November 8, Typhoon Haiyan took out entire towns, like Basey in the Philippines. Filipinos living this community describe the waves as an “anaconda eating the city.” The waves came in three times—the final being the deadliest. Now, Basey homes lay in piles of rubble along the streets. Layo Mateo, a typhoon [...]
Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters [...]
This past month, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff submitted words of thanks to FH’s Social Media Specialist Esther Martinez for 30 days of Thanks in November, featured on FH’s Facebook page. People were thankful for a variety of blessings…God’s love, family members, jobs, nature or art. When we take a moment, we realize we [...]
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