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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Gratitude and rice and beans

My wife Jennica and I are writing a week-long series about teaching kids about gratitude and giving. During the week, we’ll have a number of lessons, activities and recipes to share. In 1999, I was blessed with an opportunity to visit Haiti and serve at an orphanage. We have a special affinity for the country and […]

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The impact of one church

Ten years from now, what will be your church’s missional impact across the globe? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Roberts and Brian Rietvelt of Quest Fellowship in Garner, N.C. They are partnering with Food for the Hungry in Mentawai, Indonesia, to fulfill their church’s goal for impacting people worldwide. “We […]

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My first (almost) Father’s Day

That’s right! Life will never be the same. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of October, and already I am plagued with a consistent anxiety about how best to prepare for fatherhood. Inevitably, I have spent the last couple of months thinking about the fathers in my life. While […]

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Guyo plants flowers at the church compound. He is pictured here with FH staff member Mary.

How a child used gardening to serve his community

When God created us, He gave us the freedom and ability to rule over everything else he created — plants, land, animals and organisms. But I have heard people interpret this blessing a variety of ways. Does it mean His creation is at our disposal, to use as we please? Or is it a call to care for living things and steward our natural resources well?

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