This month my wife and I become the proud owners of our first home. Ta-dah! Aint she a beauty? A little late to ownership, perhaps, seeing how a 30 year mortgage means I could still be paying it off at age 72. (Happy thought indeed!) Still, it feels good to have that piece of the [...]
As America’s debate about our spiraling deficit and global recession boils on the front burner, a group of pastors and leaders of faith-based organizations have circled up to protect “the least of these.” These Christians are referring to Matthew 25:45, in which Jesus declares that not helping the world’s most impoverished and vulnerable people is [...]
See How President Obama and Governor Romney Express Their Views on Hunger. I’m encouraged that my colleagues at Bread for the World and the Circle of Protection group have inserted the topic of poverty into the presidential election. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., today, Bread for the World President, David Beckman, introduced several [...]
Day in and day out In continuing my series on a recent trip to Nicaragua, I’ve been thinking a lot about the people I met on the trip. You might immediately think I’m talking about the children and adults we work with in Nicaragua. I am very excited to talk about them soon, but not [...]
In my previous blog, I briefly mentioned the HEART fund, but then realized later, that I did not fully explain this fund. It was a fund started several years ago in response to one child needing a life-saving heart surgery. Here is the HEART story: “Thank you for your big heart… your generosity…” – Jeffrey [...]
Today I’m featuring guest blogger Alex Mwaura, Food for the Hungry’s Africa Regional Communications Coordinator. Alex writes to us about his thoughts after visiting Kapchorwa, Uganda just after the finish of the London Olympics. By Alex Mwaura When Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich won the marathon race in the London 2012 Olympics, many were amazed because his [...]
Food for the Hungry has been supporting a program for poor rural communities in Ethiopia, helping them build resilience against poor harvests and high food prices. The program focuses on improving agriculture diversification and production and thus increasing the amount of food and income available. The activities include micro-credit, livestock rearing and marketing, dairy production, [...]
The Mbale area of Eastern Uganda has a long history of mudslides, largely due to human interaction with the environment (destruction of forest and poor farming methods). On June 25th 2012, a major slide occurred, burying at least three villages and displacing many families. The number of casualties is still being investigated. It took local [...]
This is not a stump speech, an endorsement, or even a subversive political plea.
This is a reminder and a gift. A message of hope.
As our TV’s sets and news feeds monotonously tune in to the steady screeching of political debate, party pundits and campaigning figureheads, I believe it is important to take a deep breath, and REMEMBER THE POOR. There is no doubt that any election is an important and historical event. We should care about elected leaders, their ideas and what they stand for. But let’s not loose sight of the most monumental opportunities of hope we may ever face.
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