Thankful people are happy people

Have you ever met those people who seemingly have it all. The great career, the sweet ride, the family with 2.5 kids… and some of these people seem a bit unhappy? In stark contrast you may have met people with… well nothing… literally. I’ve met many of these people in my travels through Asia, Africa, […]

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Generosity: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” If examination makes life worthwhile, accountants are happy people. This week, our external auditors are scrutinizing Food for the Hungry’s (FH) financial accounts. They go over every detail of our records ensuring that we properly recorded the year’s transactions. As our fiscal year ended in September, […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: FH responds with food, shelter

I heard on the news that on average over 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. That explains why when word that Super Typhoon Haiyan was on a crash-course with the Asian archipelago, my initial reaction was “Not again!” Of course, this time is different. Typhoon Haiyan (the Filipinos call it Yolanda) is possibly the […]

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‘Tis the Season at Your Church

We’re buzzing with excitement in the halls of Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Global Service Center in Phoenix. For months I’ve been telling you about Hope Tree, and this week it’s all coming together! Today, I’m sharing photos of just a few of my many hardworking co-workers who made our brand new Hope Tree materials […]

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The Gift of Independence

My grandfather was a farmer in the United States. My sister and I enjoyed many summers on his arid Colorado acreage. As a farmer, he had a lot of independence. Grandpa pretended to need our help raising his corn and beats. He attached a seat for each of us on the fenders of his John […]

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Update: Nicaragua Dengue Fever Spreading

Early this week, I visited Nueva Segovia where the Nicaragua dengue fever epidemic is spreading. As the FH/Nicaragua Country Director, I’m helping to coordinate FH’s work with the Ministry of Health’s (MINSA) efforts to contain the spread of this disease. I was overwhelmed to witness so many patients including pregnant women, adolescents, children and infants […]

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Be the “thank you” in a child’s life

Watching leaves fall from a tree is magical. It displays a canvas of bold colors mixing together like splatter paint as each one gently collides with another and floats softly to the ground. The shedding of trees also brings a finish to the harvest; a time of great work, growth, and wealth. This is nature’s […]

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Nicaragua: Deadly Dengue Fever Epidemic

What is dengue fever? There are many strains of dengue fever. All of them transmitted to people through mosquito bites.  The more mild varieties cause high fevers and other flu-like symptoms. If infected with this type, the survival rate is high. Then there is another class of dengue fever. The kind with 106 degree fevers […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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