McMahan family at Christmas

Un-Decorate for Christmas

It’s October, and I’m ready to start listening to Christmas music. Has this conversation come up in your home too? In my house, the timing of Christmas music is a basic disagreement that my husband and I face every year. I love Christmas and can’t wait for the season to begin. Meanwhile, my husband, Tim, […]

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Haiti – Restoring lives after Hurricane Isaac

The effects of Isaac Tropical Storm Isaac swept through Haiti at the end of August, flooding homes and damaging the livelihoods of many communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) is operational. In the days following the storm, FH staff in Haiti visited affected communities to assess the damage and to determine how FH could […]

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Dave Evans and Lili Gutierrez

Zumba, multiplication and blessings

I am amazed when I read the passage in the New Testament about Jesus feeding the 5,000. The miracle of bread and fish multiplying before everyone’s eyes must have been unbelievable to watch. But even more interesting to me is the role played by the disciples. Jesus asks them a simple, yet profound question, “How many […]

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Burundi – celebrating success after four years’ work with returning refugees

Background After decades of a devastating conflict that claimed more than 300,000 lives and caused the displacement of over one million people, the Republic of Burundi continues to recover from the wounds of inter-ethnic violence. The 2004 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the August 2005 elections that brought to power the former rebel movement created favourable […]

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Elena poses for a photo with her sisters in Guatemala.

A singer, pastor and attorney in the heart of Guatemala

Another country? In my last few blog posts, I’ve been sharing about my experiences from a recent trip to Nicaragua. What I haven’t mentioned is that after spending eight days in Nicaragua, my coworker and I flew one hour north and spent another week in Guatemala. I can’t begin to describe the drastic difference between […]

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harvested field

The Harvest is Plentiful, Workers are Few—What’s it All About?

It’s Fall in North America and elsewhere—a time of harvest. I baked an apple pie last weekend with apples picked from my friend’s apple trees. Pumpkin patches are full of children picking just the right pumpkin. In general, many of us are enjoying the fruits of our own or others’ labors. This morning I came […]

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The Berchmans family by their home

Beyond survival in the world’s poorest country

The International Food Policy Research Institute released its 2012 Global Hunger Index in October, and Burundi, Africa, received the dubious distinction of being the world’s poorest country. The report combines three indicators to rank world poverty by country. Those indicators are the percent of the population: Who are undernourished; Are under weight as young children; […]

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The Woman from Dhunot

There are people who bring beauty in the world, and I’m so thankful for them. I met a lady in Dhunot, a community in Bangladesh, who had a knack for creating loveliness. Her name is Jahanara. She’s the president of her neighborhood savings group. With FH staff, she’s helping to organize a group of 20 women […]

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Girl from Guatemala

World Food Day: Running on Empty

On October 13 at 2 pm, I was 4/5 of the way through a half Ironman event, but had no gas left in the tank and was running on fumes. With my energy ebbing away, I had to will my body to keep going. The words in my head kept cadence with the sounds of my […]

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Peruvian girl eating corn on the cob

The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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