Important to do … but not now

  Me to my girls:  “When was the last time you wrote Macua (our sponsored child) a letter?” Silence. Me to my girls: “How about you make a card for Macua sometime today. Getting a card from you would really make her day, you know.” My reluctant writers Why is it that my two girls rarely […]

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Thirsting for clean and living water

After waiting for her turn in line, 13-year-old Aleme lifts her jerricans.  Strapped with 40 pounds of water on her shoulders, she makes the long journey home uphill.  The water has to last the family until tomorrow, when Aleme will make the journey back down the hill, wait in line, gather her water and hike […]

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Child sponsorship kids club fun

Child sponsorship lets kids be kids

  I first noticed her as she ran from a house to the building we were about to visit. She wore a pink princess dress, white ribbons in her hair and shoes that didn’t fit. The building we were visiting had been finished the previous week. Food for the Hungry (FH) had helped a church […]

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Dave Evans, Food for the Hungry U.S. President, prays for Senator Lindsay Graham

Inspiring hope to end poverty

Her name is Gize. It means “time.” When she became a participant several years ago in Food for the Hungry’s (FH’s) USAID-funded program in Alaba, Ethiopia, Gize was unfortunately running out time. Another year of bad rains had combined with astronomical food prices, forcing her to sell the family ox, rent out her land to […]

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5 Bibles: 40 Days of Giving

 ”Let’s give Bibles again!” Evie exclaimed as we reached for the FH gift catalog. During our 8 Days of Giving in December, this was one of the gifts our kids enjoyed giving the most. “I remember giving Bibles,” Emily said, “It not only provides a Bible, but also teaches them how to study the Bible.” The […]

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Feeling lost in today’s world?

A funny thing happened when I went to help change the conditions of the poor in Africa. I was changed. Twenty years ago, I moved to post-war Uganda to do my part to help. What I came to realize was: God’s call for me to meet the needs of the poor also involved His desire to transform my life. […]

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How do you use water?

It wasn’t until I was running around collecting water from storm drains during a storm that I realized the preciousness of water – and how blessed I am back home in the US to have unlimited access to it. Completely soaked, I hauled five gallon buckets of rain water across the yard (each gallon of water […]

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A woman fetches water in Africa

Water is scarce…but information is aplenty

World Water Day is quickly approaching and with it, countless stories, facts, statistics, photos, videos, slideshows and clean water campaigns. Each time the world celebrates and recognizes something, whether it’s education, health, gender-based injustice, etc., I like to scour the web to find out more information. Usually my first stop is the official World Day […]

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Ethiopian boy who is living with HIV

A cure for HIV? Let’s celebrate and be faithful

The first time I vividly remember sitting with a child who was infected with HIV was in northern Ethiopia. The boy, who was about eight years old, had a glazed look in his eyes. He sat practically motionless while I visited with his mother and grandmother. The father had passed away. Siblings were also present […]

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Tree seedlings in Haiti

Paul planted, Apollos watered, God made it grow

  “I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”  I Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) I traveled along dusty roads in Haiti two weeks ago, through parched fields thirsty for life-giving rain. As we journeyed, I saw farmers plowing furrows in their fields in hope that seasonal rains would begin soon. Where […]

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