Does child sponsorship really work?

Thinking back on my initial decision to sponsor a child, I can see it was kind of a spur of the moment choice. It happened on my very first day of serving on the staff of Food for the Hungry (FH). During new staff orientation, I learned that I could check a box and sponsor […]

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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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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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Everyone bow your heads

Today’s lesson: Praying for the most vulnerable Verse of the day: Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, ESV). This week, we’ve learned a lot about helping people both within our communities and around the world. Now, we understand that poverty […]

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But God…?

Today’s lesson: But God …? Materials needed for today’s lesson: Plant seeds (any flower or vegetable plant) or bulbs Pots Potting soil Verse of the day: There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? (John 6:9, ESV) In the Bible’s story of the loaves […]

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Bugs, worms and other yucky things

Today’s lesson: Bugs, worms and other yucky things Verse of the day: Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82:3-4, ESV). Worms are often found in communities that don’t have access to clean water, good quality soaps and […]

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Clean water is life

Today’s lesson: Clean water is life Verse of the day: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38 ESV). Did you know that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water? Clean water is one of the most important things […]

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What causes poverty?

Today’s lesson: What causes poverty? Verse of the day: The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends (Proverbs 14:20, ESV). A frequent question from those just learning about the relationship between God and poverty is, “If God exists, and God is good, why does He allow poverty to exist?” Another […]

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A heart for giving

Today’s lesson: How to nurture a heart for giving Materials needed for today’s lesson: Skittles “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill Verse of the day: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. […]

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Seven lessons to teach your kids about serving the poor

The lessons my wife, Jennica, and I have learned over the years by sponsoring children have been tremendous in teaching our six kids (ages 5 months to 10 years old) about serving the poor. For each one of our children, we’ve added a sponsored child from a different country. In connecting with children all over […]

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