Do you hear what I hear?

Today, we are sacrificing the quality of our interactions, for quantity. But we must be good listeners if we want to End Poverty.

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…and a partridge in a pear tree

Food for the Hungry is celebrating Christmas all over the world. In Phoenix, Ariz., our Food for the Hungry Christmas party included a rousing rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which required 60 staff people to act out all 12 of the gifts.  We scarfed down delicious  food,  then chose from a whole range of desserts […]

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from “them” to “we”

As an American college student, it was pretty easy for me to fall into the the mindset of “they don’t know what they are missing out on, so they are happy with less.” Then I met Jamal. Jamal was the same age as me and loved all things American. His dirty clothes and borrowed bed told […]

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Have a merry, happy and blessed Christmas

Only a few more days until we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World. One of my favorite stories surrounding the birth of Christ is that of the Magi. The Magi have really good “cred” in the Christmas story. Nobody traveled further to see the Messiah. Nobody suffered more in that traveling. Nobody left more behind (Persian […]

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One of my favorite Christmas Carols…what’s yours?

Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., or the lesser known school stabbings in China, make us keenly aware for our need for light in dark situations. Maybe it’s just me, but walking into a shopping mall and hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (again), doesn’t do it. But there are so, so, so many other […]

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Let’s make it rain goats

As a parent, I learn a lot from my kids. We recently finished 8 Days of Giving and as I watched how my kids view poverty, I learned a lot about how God wants us to address hunger. My kids taught me that what I perceive is a lot of money is life changing for other […]

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Hallelujah!

Like many musicians, I opened December with a black tie music performance of Handel’s Messiah. It’s a tradition in many churches — and a tradition for me — to  attend at least one Messiah performance in December. This year, though, I joined the choir instead of just listening. Somewhere in the midst of a rehearsal, our wonderful […]

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Do we have the courage to protect the innocents?

It’s hard to write this morning. I was planning to wax eloquent about the Farm Bill legislation that is currently stuck in Congress and the “fiscal cliff” that we face as a nation on December 31. But those topics pale in comparison to the national tragedy in Connecticut. We all know this story very well […]

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Day 8: 5 Bibles (8 Days of Giving)

It’s day eight of our 8 Days of Giving and we’ve learned a lot about giving and serving the most vulnerable. We’ve learned how gardens in FH communities are similar to our own, what rabbits are really used for, how deworming can change a child’s life (500 of them in a single gift!), and the […]

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Day 7: 2 Tippy Taps (8 Days of Giving)

Like many families this Christmas season, our family has had it’s share of sickness. This past week, the flu has made its way through four kids and me. Jennica is due Christmas, so we’ve been trying our best to keep her from getting sick. It’s easy for us to buy antibacterial soaps and sprays, wash […]

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