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Rebuilding Burundi One Person at a Time

In the early 1990s, a civil war broke out in Burundi, lasting 12 years. More than 200,000 people died and many fled to neighboring countries seeking refuge. The violence destroyed villages, schools, the economy—and now Burundi is rebuilding itself. It’s a beautiful country with massive potential. However, the effects of war linger on with two-thirds […]

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Sponsoring a child: Little things add up

About 15 years ago, I got my private pilot license. I had no particular purpose for learning to fly but always like learning new things. If it involves going fast and making loud noises, that’s even better. So I followed the story of Asiana Airlines’ recent crash in San Francisco with great interest: How could […]

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Ana in front of home

Savings groups: Keeping women out of sex trade

Her name is Ana. And praise God, she has not become a prostitute. She found a better way to make money. Ana lives in Mozambique, where she was once a young married woman. But the years went on, and there was no baby. Her husband divorced her as a result. Under the dual shame of […]

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Guns or butter to battle jihad in Africa?

Guns or butter: responding to jihadists in Africa

A cursory search of the major media giants (e.g., The New York Times and The Washington Post) over the past two days reveals an interesting array of articles on the growing might of jihadists in Africa, and the U.S. and international responses to that threat. The responses run the gamut from the use of U.S. […]

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Coffee, chocolate, tea – and help the poor

Are you a coffee drinker? Or a chocolate lover? Maybe you like your tea at 3 p.m.? Think about enjoying your favorite treat and helping the poor at the same time. That is what fair trade is all about. And that’s the mission of Trade as One. It’s a company promoting fair trade products to […]

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South Sudan: Getting girls back into schools

This past July 9 marked the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. As the country starts making progress, it still faces challenges – especially in educating girls. But progress is being made, as you will read. Recently, I traveled with a film crew to South Sudan to shoot a video on girls’ education. On our […]

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Women healing from abuse

As the plane danced in the skies during the hour-long flight to Kalemie, an eastern city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – I thought about the abused women healing in this region. Then, I couldn’t help but wonder: “What went wrong in the Congo?” I first visited the massive central African country in […]

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Children: Give them freedom from poverty

America is celebrating the Fourth of July to remember the gift of freedom. I find myself thinking of ways to celebrate the freedoms I enjoy. And not just freedoms of speech or religion, but a life of without the oppression of poverty. A great way to celebrate our freedom is to teach our children about […]

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Murshida holiding a child, next to her beehive

Ethiopia: Bees make honey money

I have cursed at bees. I know we are supposed to love all of God’s creation. But when they swarm on my patio and sting my bare feet, I am not happy with them. There are some people in Ethiopia, however, who are very fond of bees. The bees help feed their children. One such […]

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Journey into South Sudan

Buck Deines, who works with Food for the Hungry’s (FH) emergency response unit, traveled to South Sudan. He tells about his experiences with death, dangers and the other harsh conditions FH/South Sudan staff face every day. Here is his blog: During my recent travels with Food for the Hungry – into the northeastern Republic of […]

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