Relief at the ends of the earth

We’ve prayed and sympathized with those who lost everything in Superstorm Sandy (and some of you reading this may have even been affected).  Living through a disaster is a hard experience.   Today I’d like to introduce you some people who have suffered through two earthquakes and landslides in China’s Yunnan Province.  The quakes, measuring […]

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Focused on Children, Dedicated to Transformation

I’m in the Dominican Republic this week, where I have the incredible privilege of joining my Food for the Hungry (FH) colleagues from all over Latin America as we work together to learn how to build a new model of programming in our field countries. We call it “Child-Focused Community Transformation” (CFCT), which is FH’s “essentials” […]

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VOTE: It’s a justice Issue

Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.

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Gendercide and the power of words

Slang in America Chick. Gal. Dame. Babe. Diva. Girly. Lass. Mama. Ma’am. Lady. Woman. Female. You’ve probably heard one or many of these words in your lifetime. And upon hearing one of these words and without being told, I’m guessing you immediately thought of a specific gender. It’s incredible to think about the linguistic cultural […]

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How you can help end violence against women

Orieanna had been tense all day. It started when yet another fight with her husband ended with him slapping her before leaving the house. She absent-mindedly touched her tender cheek as she tried to remember the last time a day went by without them screaming at one another – at least the days when he […]

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Build a Christmas manger

In my last post, I promised that I’d tell you all about the manger that my family keeps in our living room at Christmas. It has helped us to center our holiday season around generosity, remembering that our Savior came into the poverty of this world. Today, I’m going to share our story with specific […]

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Holism in the Grand Canyon (Part 2)

Hiking the Grand Canyon brought on unexpected challenges, that brought me to a better understanding that a Holistically healthy life breeds acts of compassion.

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‘Tis the Season

The season is upon us again.  Not the changing of the leaves. Not the very end of a hurricane period that seemed to have been a quiet one, only to strike with a vengeance in the eleventh hour.  Not the time of turkeys and pumpkins. No, the season that I am referring to comes only […]

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Hands and feet, hands and feet

Ever had one of those days when you think, “Huh, maybe God is trying to say something to me?” I started my morning computer session with a message to a colleague in East Asia, who is helping FH respond to a disaster you probably didn’t know about.  I started the email with, “I’m glad to […]

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