Devotional Day 6: Nurture Your Relationships (#fhbloggers)

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited His people and given them food. – Ruth 1:6 (ESV) When Elimelech left Bethlehem with his family, he had no idea he was laying the foundation for one of the greatest love […]

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Devotional Day 5: Serving Others (#fhblogger)

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. – Mark 10:43b-44 (ESV) Though not a Christian, Mahatma Ghandi’s well-known quote is sobering: “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Most of us have undoubtedly quipped, […]

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Guns or butter to battle jihad in Africa?

Guns or butter: responding to jihadists in Africa

A cursory search of the major media giants (e.g., The New York Times and The Washington Post) over the past two days reveals an interesting array of articles on the growing might of jihadists in Africa, and the U.S. and international responses to that threat. The responses run the gamut from the use of U.S. […]

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Devotional Day 4: Humility Before the Lord (#fhbloggers)

Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” – John 13:8 (ESV) Today’s reading is one of the more intriguing portions of Scripture – it’s about humility. In Jewish tradition, the foot washer was the lowest rung on the […]

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Devotional Day 3: Needs Versus Wants (#fhbloggers)

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. – Acts 4:34-35 (ESV) There was a family who had an interesting rule […]

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Goats save Haitians from food crisis.

Goats saving Haitians from food crisis

We were on our way to somewhere else, but Timer LaVenture was one persistent Haitian. He wanted our group to see his success with the two goats Food for the Hungry (FH) had given him. “We don’t really have time,” said our host, noting our delayed arrival in Belledere caused by extreme traffic in Haiti’s […]

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Coffee, chocolate, tea – and help the poor

Are you a coffee drinker? Or a chocolate lover? Maybe you like your tea at 3 p.m.? Think about enjoying your favorite treat and helping the poor at the same time. That is what fair trade is all about. And that’s the mission of Trade as One. It’s a company promoting fair trade products to […]

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Devotional Day 2: Generosity and Kids (#fhbloggers)

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. – Luke 21:1-2 (ESV) It isn’t hard to see that times are rough for a lot of people. The economy, at least for many, offers unprecedented challenges. It seems that money is spent before […]

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Devotional Day 1: Relationships Matter (#fhbloggers)

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. – Exodus 20:2 (ESV) Isn’t it interesting that the majority of Americans will tell you that the Ten Commandments are a list of “thou shall nots?” Actually, close scrutiny reveals that they deal with relationships – […]

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South Sudan: Getting girls back into schools

This past July 9 marked the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. As the country starts making progress, it still faces challenges – especially in educating girls. But progress is being made, as you will read. Recently, I traveled with a film crew to South Sudan to shoot a video on girls’ education. On our […]

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