Hope and courage

On March 21, Food for the Hungry (FH) hosted our Hope and Courage conference with participation from Phoenix pastors and church leaders and FH staff from all over the world.  One of our keynote speakers was Anglican Bishop Laurent Mbanda, who is bishop of the Shyira Diocese in northern Rwanda. Mbanda (as he prefers to be called) […]

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Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 1)

When I drove across the country from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2008 I knew two things for sure: That I was about to start a wild adventure Only God knew where this adventure was heading! My journey with Food for the Hungry (FH) began several months earlier when I volunteered as […]

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Mosquito: The world's deadliest insect

The world’s deadliest insect

Mosquitoes. We all hate them. We hate that momentary sting when one of them gets us. We hate the itchy, red bumps they cover our legs and arms with. We hate that they are so tough to catch, and that when we do smash one, that bloodsucker’s meal splatters all over our hands. Gross, yes. […]

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Water is power

Think with me for a moment about Chukuke, an 8-year-old girl growing up in Africa. She lives in one of the more arid regions of Kenya. She does not go to school. She had to drop out. She spends every day walking 9 to 10 miles to find clean water for her household. She doesn’t […]

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Children looking for water in two countries

In the United States, my son, Alexander, age 4, came storming into the house covered in mud and out of breath. He and the dog had been excavating a hole in the backyard, possibly digging to the center of the earth. After entering the house, Xander asked for a cup of water. He drained the […]

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Ethiopian child by Peter Mogan

How a beekeeper’s dignity sold me on honey

The inspiring blog post below came from my colleague, Gretchen Jewell. She recently told me in a hallway conversation that her first trip to Africa transformed her life. I thought you would enjoy her story. I’m not usually a big fan of honey. I rarely buy it. But recently, I bought honey because I wanted […]

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girl drinking water out of a tap

Wipe away the tears with water

Water can make grown men cry. Many years ago, on one of my trips into Bolivia’s rural areas, I met with a group of leaders of a village. Food for the Hungry (FH) and the community were new in their relationship with each other. We gathered in a cement block, school classroom and sat on low […]

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The cross . . . fuel for the long haul (Part 1)

Fuel.  It is one of the most important components of life. It provided the former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez with the resources to fund his governmental agenda.  It is at the center of the political debate of whether to construct a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Fuel shortages have provoked global conflicts.  […]

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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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